February 19, 2018
[caption id="attachment_137141" align="aligncenter" width="720"] Local media man Ranilo “Ranie” Azue lies on a hospital bed after he was mauled in front of the Vaflor Building in Barangay Zone 1, Talisay City, Negros Occidental on Friday, Feb. 16. BAYAN-NEGROS/FACEBOOK[/caption]
BACOLOD City – Local radio station anchorman Ranilo “Ranie” Azue said he will file charges against those who mauled him in front of a building in Barangay Zone 1, Talisay City, Negros Occidental.
The 45-year-old Azue told the Talisay City Police Office that Niño Alcala and an unidentified bull cap-donning man charged at him at around 8:15 p.m. on Friday.
Azue, also a Panay News correspondent, said he was attacked while fixing the mechanical trouble of his motorcycle parked in front of Vaflor Building where 104.7 FM Muews Radio holds office.
Alcala and his companion alighted from two separate motorcycles and approached him, Azue said.
Alcala then hit him with a “blunt object,” which the media man believed was a firearm, said the broadcaster.
Azue further claimed that he was kicked and punched after falling to the ground, resulting in injuries on the different parts of his body.
He just got off work at the time, Azue told the police.
The suspects fled when they saw some people at the building watching them, said the media man.
Azue said he will file serious physical injuries and grave threat charges against Alcala.
Alcala, a former Talisay City Hall employee ,welcomed Azue’s plan. It is the media man’s right, he said.
“The bottomline is, ano nga klase ka media practice ina ang pribado nga tawo hali nila ka mulay kag akusar kon nano na lang sa kahanginan,” Alcala said. “They don’t even have a business permit.”
Alcala added, “Kay napierde ka imo sa tapungulay, dramahon mo na lang kag i-sensationalize sa ila station?…It is unfair for us private individuals.”
Alcala told Panay News he did not kick Azue. He also said he is no longer working at the Talisay City Hall as what Azue claimed.
“The truth of the matter is he threw the first punch, which agitated me to respond [sic],” Alcala added.
The National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP)Bacolod Chapter and the Negros Press Club (NPC) condemned the attack on Azue.
“This violent act, we believe, is a form of ‘attack’ on journalists whose primary job is to serve as watchdogs of the society,” NPC president Renato “Boy” Duran said in a statement.
“As members of the Fourth Estate, it is our responsibility to maintain vigilance and ensure transparency in all sectors, especially in government,” he said.
Marchel Espina, chairwoman of the NUJP-Bacolod said, “We call on the authorities to swiftly investigate the incident.”/PN