Media killing as war crime needs further study - Coloma

A PALACE official said Sunday that designating media killing as "war crime" must be studied thoroughly.

Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr., however, said that it has been the police of the Aquino administration to protect journalists.

“Hindi naman po ito makukuha lamang sa isang pagturing lang, dapat po siguro ay mas malalim na pagturing,” he said over dzRB Radyo ng Bayan.

He reiterated that the Aquino government adheres to the principle of recognizing press freedom and will do everything to ensure the safety of journalists in doing their jobs.

Coloma said the government condemns all attacks against media practitioners, acknowledging the importance of the life of every individual.

“Mahalaga po ang buhay ng bawat mamamahayag at nais pong magbigay ng proteksyon ang ating pamahalaan sa paggamit ng kalayaan ng pamamahayag,” he said.

And whenever an attack is committed against media men, Coloma said the government will swiftly respond to it to ensure that perpetrators are brought to justice.

The National Press Club of the Philippines said it welcomes the proposal of Associated Press president Gary Pruitt to classify the killing of journalists and media workers as a "war crime." (SDR/Sunnex)

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