A journalist is up in arms following trend among colleagues who turn criminals into folk heroes rather than vilifying them.
Ira Panganiban recalled his visit to Ozamiz in 1994 to write a story about Kuratong Baleleng, the group who started as a force multiplier in this part of Mindanao in the military campaign against the NPA rebels but when the communist movement became a spent force, the group metamorphosed into a criminal group involved in bank robberies, extortion and kidnapping for ransom activities.
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In 1994, I went to Osamiz to do a story on the Kuratong Baleleng.
I will tell you this, even the cops there at that time were so scared of the Parojinogs they would not talk to reporters about the family that controls KB.
Now there are stories circulating how good people the Parojinogs are? Just like how nice people the Abu Sayyaf were. Good job local media!!! Good job!!!
Kaya madaming kriminal sa bansa dahil ang media natin ginagawa silang bayani. They are romanticized instead of villified.
Ang masakit nito, yung mga pulis at sundalo ang pinapalabas na may sala kahit maayos ang operasyon.
Tapos pag lugmok na ang bansa natin, magsisilayas papuntang ibang bansa yung mga mayayaman na may-ari ng media natin.
Ang maiiwan, yung mga kawawang media workers na hindi na binigyan ng tamang benepisyo iniwan pa sa kangkungan.
Kailan kaya tayo matututo? Mapa-mamamayan o media pa man?
Let us check how the Facebook followers of Ira reacts.
Ivan Malvar wrote: “I was there a few years ago. Ozamiz was such a backwater city in the midst of a progressive region (Northern Mindanao). Majority of people I talked to there seemed self-defeated and admittedly were helpless as long as the Parojinogs stayed in power. Heck. Even cops as far as Cagayan de Oro dreaded to be reassigned in Ozamiz.”
Joanna Aurelia remarked: “agree.. parang pinagmumuka pa nilang kawawa yung pamilya na un, to think na kitang kita naman mga kinasangkutan nilang krimen. kaya mnsan di na rin ako naniniwala sa mga binabalita sa tv, mas reliable pa mga blogger. mas totoo ang sinasabi.”
Source: Pinoy Trending News
Journalist Ira Panganiban slams colleagues for turning criminals into ‘folk heroes’ rather than vilifying ’em