June 19, 2011
CEGP Palawan Press Statement
Palawan multi-sectoral groups gathered at the People’s Amphitheater, Puerto Princesa City on June 19 to show their disgust with the Department of Justice ruling on the case of slain journalist Dr. Gerardo ‘Gerry’ Ortega. This is not just a foul blow to the family seeking justice for the loved Palaweño environmentalist but also an insult to those seeking justice for the slain journalists in the country.
Albeit the hard evidences presented by the Ortega’s side, the prosecutor’s panel led by Assistant State Prosecutor Edwin Dayog issued a June 8 resolution absolving former Palawan governor Joel T. Reyes and five more accused personalities including a former governor and a mayor –the panel saying that there are “no evidence sufficient to warrant indictment” against the six suspects
This sparked the ire of Ortega’s family and a score of journalists in Palawan saying that this is a stunning blow to press freedom in this country
Alyansa ng Mamamahayag sa Palawan Inc. (APAMAI) and National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP) Palawan Chapter released a press statement bashing the controversial ruling of the DOJ, challenging Justice Secretary Leila de Lima to “reject this clear attempt to whitewash a murdered journalist’s case.
College Editors Guild of the Philippines (CEGP) Palawan Chapter supports the stand of Palawan journalists, the Ortega family and their supporters in this fight for justice
“CEGP Palawan Chapter strongly expresses its rage in this blatant assault on Press Freedom as a whole. We condemn this hideous act of impunity and call on the DOJ to reconsider the case and give what is due to Doc Gerry. Let the mind/s behind the attack on Press Freedom pay. Let justice prevail,” said Allan Jay Javier, chairperson, CEGP Palawan
“To write is already to choose.”