There is no hope for a nation if all members of the media can be intimidated and bribed.

The morally polluted journalists are prone to feel fear and will abandon their duty in the face of challenges.

Journalists with a truth-seeking attitude, courage and integrity are doing mankind a great service. Their reports could well enlighten and save societies.

For me, journalism and literature are worlds apart in essence and purpose. Literature is art and information — for entertainment and knowledge. Journalism, beyond news reporting, is a mission, a noble vocation. It is for the betterment of a country, and it is to awaken the slumbering people.

The devil can only kill souls or human lives, but not the truth (and justice). “For we can do nothing against the truth, but only for the truth” (2 Corinthians 23:8). Thus, pray that boldness with uprightness be not uncommon/rare among journalists, both in the print and broadcast media (and social media sans trolls). Otherwise, it is not the media that you have, but a business enterprise, a milking cow or a propaganda tool.

God is the only god and no one else. He is the only one who can take a life.

The killing of Percy Lapid, the brave and reasonable veteran radio man, should and must not create a chilling effect on media people. Rather it must drive them all the more to banner the truth, expose wrongdoings, confront charlatans, fight abuses, defend the weak, and never to cower in championing righteousness and social equity. Journalists must stand up to malfeasance and evils.

Every man or woman who is killed for being a fearless, selfless journalist is a hero. The nation salutes you, “Lapid Fire,” along with the other Filipino journalists who have fallen in the night ahead of you. You’ll live forever in our hearts.