PHILIPPINES: Children of murdered journalist in the Maguindanao massacre subjected to overt surveillance

Posted on | maart 20, 2012 | No Comments

 

Location of  Philippines  (green)in ASEAN  (dark grey)  —  [Legend]

Mr. Benigno Aquino III, 1 President Republic of the Philippines
Re: PHILIPPINES: Children of murdered journalist in the Maguindanao massacre subjected to overt surveillance

Dear President Republic of the Philippines,

Names of person facing threats:
1. Noel Christopher Reblando, 36 years old
2. James Ryan Reblando, 35
3. Maria Priscilla Zainal, 23

They are all children of Alejandro “Bong” Reblando, one of the 32 journalists murdered in the Maguindanao massacre
Place of incident: At their home in Barangay Calumpang, General Santos City
Date of incident: From November 23, 2011 to present

I am writing to express my grave concern and request your prompt intervention to ensure the security and safety of the children of Alejandro “Bong” Reblando, one of the 32 journalists murdered in the Maguindanao massacre, who are facing continuing threats on their lives. His children, whose names are mentioned above, had reported the threats after taking up the prosecution for the murder of their father, Alejandro, on behalf of their mother, Myrna.

I am aware that Myrna, who herself had to endure threats and risk, had to stop attending her husband’s murder trial and undergo ongoing treatment due to the trauma that she had suffered, and from the negative experience she had in court.

Myrna thus asked her children to represent her case in the criminal prosecution; and for them to take responsibility as complainants for criminal prosecution. I believe her children are now facing threats due to their role in the prosecution of the case. I am aware that Myrna herself had a Php three million bounty on her head for anyone who could murder her as a result of her refusal to withdraw her complaint for murder.

Also, the threats to life of Myrna and her children are real, not subjective, as certified by Jose Manuel Mamauag, Focal Commissioner for Mindanao of the Commission on Human Rights (CHR), on May 23, 2011, stating that:

in the course of my visitation in Mindanao as Focal Commissioner for that area, I had the opportunity to meet and get confirmation from people probing into the November 23, 2009 Maguindanao Massacre of the existence of continuing serious threats on the life of Myrna P. Reblando and her children, all heirs of massacre victim and Manila Bulletin journalist Alejandro “Bong” Reblando. The seriousness of such threats renders very risky the stay of the Reblandos in their “unsecured” place of residence”

Since May 2011, no adequate and state-sponsored protection had been afforded to ensure the security and safety of Reblando’s six children. Thus, what his children could do was to report the overt surveillance that they noticed at their home in General Santos City to the closest police station. Here is the excerpt of the report:

On November 23, 2011 at 1:04pmNoel Christopher Reblando “appeared to this office and requested to put on record as alleged that OOA (on or about) 12:37 November 23, 2011 he saw a person in military uniform push his single motorcycle and passed to the front of their residence by the time that he was saw by the said person who is in military uniform. He start his single motorcycle and speed up towards north direction” [quoted verbatim].

On the same day, his other son also reported:

James Ryan Reblando “appeared to this office and requested to put on record that sometimes of the first week of October there was a group of Muslim’s person from North Cotabato was for him it was gaining information for his father was a victim of Maguidanao massacre (Bong Reblando) and 2nd time sometimes of 3rd week of October 2011 a group of three (3) malefactor boarded on top down passed three (3) times to the front of their residence and sight seeing to their house, by the time that they got assumed said top down speed-up towards south direction” [quoted verbatim]

On December 9, 2011, his other daughter also reported:

Maria Priscilla Zainal “appeared to this office and requested to put on record as alleged that OOA (on or about) 5:05pm of this date one multicab color white stop fronting a little to their house boarded with one person and sight seeing to their house from the northside of their home the driver drove his multicab slowly mobiling to the south direction of their home” [quoted verbatim]

Although the threats to Myrna and her children were properly and immediately reported to the police authorities, no action was taken to investigate this matter apart from merely recording their complaints.

I trust that you will take immediate action on this matter and ensure the safety of Myrnas family.

AUTHOR: William Nicholas Gomes
URL: www.williamgomes.org
E-MAIL: williamgomes.org [at] gmail.com

Comments

Leave a Reply





  • agriculture (29)
    book (3)
    briefing (16)
    business & trade (21)
    child (92)
    consumption (3)
    corruption (20)
    crime (152)
    culture (30)
    defence (15)
    deforestation (6)
    democratization (54)
    demography (6)
    Discovery (5)
    drugs (73)
    Dutch foreign policy (3)
    economic (105)
    education (28)
    effectiveness (3)
    election (64)
    embassy news (1)
    emergency (8)
    energy (42)
    environment (144)
    Eurasia (36)
    Europe (36)
    fair trade (5)
    flora & fauna (24)
    foreign aid (28)
    foreign embassy in the Netherlands (2)
    foreign policy (56)
    gender (17)
    global (270)
    globalization (5)
    health (95)
    history (19)
    homosexuality (4)
    human rights (309)
    hunger & food (20)
    immigration (3)
    infrastructure (28)
    intelligence (7)
    interview (26)
    Latin America (214)
    list (5)
    media (64)
    Middle East (358)
    Millennium Development Goals (21)
    minorities (41)
    movement (38)
    multilateral organizations (40)
    narration (5)
    natural disasters (9)
    Netherlands (31)
    NGO (20)
    NL-Aid (8)
    Northern Africa (187)
    Northern America (130)
    nuclear (4)
    opinion (37)
    Pacific (2)
    peacekeeping (1)
    politics (129)
    poverty (27)
    racism (2)
    raw material (30)
    reconstruction (1)
    refugees (20)
    religion (23)
    remembrance (3)
    research (11)
    revolt (186)
    Royal Dutch Embassy (1)
    sanitation (16)
    slums (2)
    South Asia (451)
    South-east Asia (112)
    study (19)
    Sub-Saharan Africa (446)
    technology (14)
    terrorism (90)
    tourism (6)
    trade (11)
    transport (6)
    Updaid (1)
    war & conflicts (145)
    war crimes (36)
    water (40)
    whistleblower (8)
    women (54)

    WP Cumulus Flash tag cloud by Roy Tanck requires Flash Player 9 or better.

Page 1 of 11