Saturday, June 17, 2006

A journalist, not a communist

Thus said Marilou Cadelina-Manar, a Kidapawan-based journalist, against an army official who allegedly harassed her to admit that she is a “communist”. The official reportedly declined to comment even Manar had repeatedly dared him to substantiate his allegations against her.

Marilou Cadelina-Manar, program director of DXND-AM and DXDN-FM in Kidapawan City, who also writes for MindaNews and Manila Bulletin, wrote Col. Ruperto Pabustan, commander of the Army’s 602nd Infantry Brigade, wrote a formal complaint on June 7, against Lt. Col. John Oswald Buco, commander of the 40th Infantry Battalion, for his “baseless accusations."

"I am a journalist, not a communist," Manar said.

Manar narrated that on June 7, Joy Mamburao of radio station DXDM-FM, also known by her radio name “DJ China,” quoted Lt. Col. Buco as saying: “Si Malu komunista ‘yan. Dapat umamin na siya. Tanggap na ang mga komunista sa bansa natin.” (Malu is a communist. She should admit that. Anyway, communists are accepted in our country).

Read the full report from Mindanews.

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