Tabloid reporter 'critical' after gun attack

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Sunday, April 6, 2014

UNIDENTIFIED armed men shot and critically wounded a female journalist right at the doorstep of her house in Bacoor, Cavite on Sunday.

National Press Club (NPC) president Benny Antiporda denounced the attack on Rubie Garcia, 52, a correspondent of the tabloid paper Remate and a member of the NPC.

Antiporda said Garcia was shot by three suspects at her house in Talaba village around 9 a.m.

"Today’s incident is just the latest in the series of violent attack against journalists since President Benigno Aquino III took office in 2010, vowing to put an end to the ‘culture of impunity’ whose most frequent victims are members of the press," he said.

Noting the government's indifference to NPC's pleas to end killings of mediamen and form a task force to go after the attackers, Antiporda said the "enemies of press freedom are getting bold each day."

"What is more galling is that her house is just a stone’s throw away from the local police station but as usual, the suspects managed to escape," he added.

Antiporda called on the Aquino administration to solve the attack against Garcia the soonest time possible.

"We also call on the Filipino people to pray for Ms. Garcia while she is undergoing emergency operation to save her life," he said. (VR/Sunnex)

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