Dong Batul investigation…
Wednesday, May 24, 2006
On the tragic Dong Batul killing in Palawan I was doing some research on the latest killing of a Journalist here in the Philippines and noted a lot of people had been linking to my post on Dong Batul.
Please note : My information on him is 'dated' by a number of years since we were both in College at Palawan State University,
Some other bloggers posting on this topic are;
21 hours ago by bryantFernando “Dong” Batul, a radio journalist working in Palawan-based radio station dyPR, was killed early morning by two unidentified gunmen, who shot him repeatedly, just 200 meters away from the station. The gunmen immediately fled …
22 May 2006 by PJR Reports – ReferencesFernando “Dong” Batul, a radio journalist working Palawan-based radio station dyPR, was killed early morning by two unidentified gunmen, who shot him repeatedly, just 200 meters away from the station. The gunmen immediately fled aboard …
15 May 2006 by Zamboanga JournalFernando "Dong" Batul is a commentator for Palawan-based dyPR radio station. … Batul attributed the attack on his family to local officials who were offended by his uncompromising remarks in dyPR's morning program "Bastonero." …
22 May 2006 by Jojo Pasion MaligIt should tell that to the family of Palawan broadcaster Fernando “Dong” Batul, murdered early this morning on his way to anchor his regular Bastonero program on DYPR in Puerto Princesa. And to the families of Albert Orsolino, …
21 May 2006 by Vinia DatinguinooFernando Batul, who was on his way to air his 6.30 am program over dyPR, was shot in the face, chest, back and side; police found 12 gunshot wounds in all. He would have turned 35 on Wednesday. The police said […]
Until I can go there and see things for myself – perhaps any of the above are all very good sources – but on the ground in Palawan; the people there have a clearer picture and can focus more on the situation better. I'm trying to find palawan bloggers – but sadly the web infra there is not quite that advanced.
So the best sources are DYPR Radio where Dong worked, The two big TV networks GMA7 and ABS-CBN; as well as the local stringers of the wire agencies there are a all execelent sources of information.
I have been in contact though with a lot of people there though and my cell phone is full of text messages from 'home'.
A sad report I am getting is some in media in Palawan are bickering and pointing fingers – what is needed right now in Palawan is unity to solve this crime.
Whatever views were – there is a need for justice to be served. No one deserved the fate Dong got – I hope my Palawan fellow journalists and media practisioners can… put aside rivalries for now and work towards unity to making sure justice is served.
I will update this site from time to time with more information – in the last 24 hours I have gotten fifty times the normal level of hits here and on my other blogs where I have posted on this topic.