Solon demands apology from Rappler, PTV-4, QC police

Rep. Bernadette Herrera-Dy

BAGONG Henerasyon Party-list Rep. Bernadette Herrera-Dy on Tuesday demanded that Rappler, PTV-4 and the Quezon City police issue a public apology for erroneously reporting that the two councilors who brought a stabbed prosecutor to the hospital on Monday were the suspected killers.

“On behalf of Quezon City Barangay Vasra Kagawad Oliver Pascasio and Kagawad-elect Segundo Antenor, I demand an explicit public apology from Rappler, PTV-4, and any other media entity who wrongfully reported and identified Pascasio and Antenor as suspects in the killing of Ombudsman Assistant Special Prosecutor Madonna Joy Ednaco Tanyag,” Herrera-Dy said.

“We also demand a similar apology from the police officers who named Pascasio and Antenor in their blotter as suspects without even conducting the proper investigation or because of flawed English,” said Herrera-Dy.

“We demand that the reporters, editors, and QC police officers personally apologize to Kagawad Pascasio and Antenor for what they did to them,” added Herrera-Dy.

“Rappler and PTV-4 must conduct their own internal review to determine how they made their mistakes out in the field and in their newsrooms,” according to the congresswoman.

“The fact is Kagawad Pascasio and Antenor came to the rescue of the Ombudsman prosecutor and rushed her to hospital in an effort to save her life,” she said. “It is disgusting that Rappler and PTV-4 reported them as suspects and in the process maligned their honor before the public and to their constituents in Barangay Vasra in particular.”

Rappler and PTV-4 made retractions over the wrong report, but Herrera-Dy said it was not sufficient.

Herrera-Dy also appealed to PNP Chief Oscar Albayalde and PNP National Capital Region Police Office Director Guillermo Eleazar to investigate the wrongful identification of the two QC kagawad as suspects.

Meanwhile, Herrera-Dy asked the PNP to intensify their war against street crimes and illegal drugs.

“We need more police visibility. Quezon City has long been a hotbed and nest of drug pushers and drug addicts. The PNP clearly must do more but within the bounds of human rights protocols and law,” she said.

“We need more law enforcement training for all barangay tanod. We need more PNP who know how to investigate. We need first aid training for barangay officials and tanods so they can save lives on the spot and not just rush victims to the hospitals,” she said.

“Street crimes are often done by street gangs and some violent neighborhood fraternities. We need the new anti-hazing law now because that has provisions that will protect citizens against neighborhood fraternities that commit street crimes,” she said.

Herrera-Dy said Kagawad Pascasio, Antenor, and Bagong Henerasyon Party-list condole with the family, friends, and colleagues of Tanyag on her violent and untimely death.

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