By Liza Soriano
Sen. Jinggoy Estrada (PhilNews courtesy)
MANILA — Senator Jinggoy Estrada has questioned the “home visits” allegedly perpetrated by some enforcers belonging to the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) to journalists in the guise of giving NCR-based reporters security following the murder of veteran broadcaster Percy Lapid early this month.
“I can see the sense in this move of the PNP but its execution is rather contemptible. It’s the most stupid idea, I must say. Kung gusto nilang alamin kung sino ang mga may pagbabanta sa buhay ng mga journalists, hindi ba dapat na una nila itong inalam sa mga news organization na kinabibilangan ng mga mamahayag?” he said.
He also said that the PNP has “a lot of explaining to do” for visiting the houses and not wearing their proper uniform.
“If the purpose of “home visits” of their personnel to the journalists’ residence is to ensure that there are no “threats” to their lives, why are they not in their proper uniform?”
“Why was there no coordination with the local officials and media company/outlet with which the concerned journalist is affiliated? And the most glaring of all, how could they get hold of very personal and sensitive information such as a home address of a journalist?” the senator continued.
Lapid was gunned down last October 3, 2022, by still unidentified assailants in Las Piñas City.