Guv sheds light on radioman’s accusations-A A +A
Tuesday, July 17, 2012
KALINGA Governor Jocel Baac shed light on the accusations of radio anchorman Jerome Tabanganay during the celebration of Cordillera Day Sunday.
Baac, through his representative, said he was accused by Tabanganay as the “protector” of illegal gambling and logging in the province. He added that the anchorman continued his allegations but Baac remained silent.
The governor got mad because of the alleged nonstop comments of the radioman. He went to the Radyong Bayan dzRK station where Tabanganay was presently airing his commentaries against him.
Baac further said he tried to stop Tabanganay from continuing his commentaries but to no avail. He then got pissed off and grabbed the radio microphone out of Tabanganay. Baac said the microphone “accidentally” hit the anchorman’s face. Baac stressed the act was unintentional.
The governor said “most of us do not know the ‘real story’” which left him to explain his side.
Baac said he respects the freedom of the press but he doesn’t want how some “friends from media are making a mockery of the truth.” He laments media releases nowadays which he said are all about negativity.
He said being a “protector” of illegalities “has never been in his wildest dreams.” He added that it is so annoying for him to be dubbed as “protector” of jueteng when in fact he was the one who stopped the operations of jueteng in the province.
“I have no personal vendetta against Tabanganay but what happens served its purpose for both of us. I am not appealing to the Kalinga people to sympathize with me but I want to shed light on it,” ended the written speech of Baac read by his representative.
He was suspended for 30 days to give way for the fair investigation of the case. Baac accepted his suspension openly.
Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on July 17, 2012.