Thursday, February 21, 2008

VP De Castro orders bodyguards to kill reporter

Just found this article in SEAPA ( or the South East Asian Press Alliance. I don't know if it is true but it should be looked into. If true, the Vice President should be castigated.

Vice president "jokes" about killing reporter
20 February 2008
Source: Center for Media Freedom and Responsibility (CMFR)

The Philippine's second highest government official said that he was just joking when he ordered his bodyguard to "kill" a tabloid reporter on 13 February 2008 after the latter repeatedly asked whether he was ready to assume the presidency if President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo resigned or was removed from office.

Another article today, this time Philippine Daily Inquirer, has Vice President De Castro denying that he gave a girlfiend lavish gifts amounting to P200 Million. He says that there is a demolition job against him and I have to agree with him.

Before this, there was the issue of his marriage under Moslem law to Arlene Sinsuat. His children from his first wife charged De Castro in court with bigamy, citing that De Castro is a devotee of the Black Nazarene in Quiapo Church and that moslem law strictly prohibits idolatry, much less participating in rites of other religions.

Other barbs and spears have been thrown at De Castro, including charges that as a broadcast journalist he had been in the AC/DC racket or Attack and Collect, Defend and Collect. This is a known unethical practice done by some corrupt journalists where they expose the wrong doings of public officials or private individuals and then ask for or receive money in exchange for stopping the expose.

Oh well...

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