International trade expert responds to TV reporter Ed Lingao on journalist harassment issue

In a Facebook post, MJ Quiambao Reyes, an avid Duterte supporter, responded to veteran journalist Ed Lingao who she called “Mr. TV Reporter.”
MJ Quiambao Reyes and Ed Lingao / Photo credit to the owner

Lingao responded to Reyes before when she called harassed Philippine journalists as “clowns and journos” who she claimed were not present to report the killings during President Benigno Aquino III’s term.

Lingao said that they were there and they did report about the killings, citing a Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism article that he co-wrote.

Here is Lingao’s full post:

To which Reyes responded that she was talking about the “clowns and journos” in a general sense. Those who she says “did nothing at the time when 23 of their colleagues were getting killed”.

She then accepted Lingao’s correction but continues on to say that 23 journalists killed in 40 months of Aquino’s term is still a big number. She even said that this was especially big compared to President Duterte’s critics still being alive today.

She even says that things are so much better now because before, journalists were being killed, but now they are simply being cursed at. She even says that journalists are being “OA” or overacting and are just dramatizing their suffering.

Ending her post, she says that she has also received bashing and threat but she claims she is better because she does not whine about it.

Read her full post here:

"This is in response to Mr. TV Reporter's lengthy post re: my response on Maria Ressa's tweet:

1. My question was addressed in general to the "clowns and journos" who did nothing at the time when 23 of their colleagues were getting killed and when the Phils. was considered as among the most dangerous countries in the world for journos during the past admin. While I did not categorically classify you as among the "clowns" (as, in fact, I used to admire you), I respect your right to consider yourself as one of them (as you so wish) just as I welcome your response.

2. Yes, it should be 23 journos killed on the first 40 months during BS Aquino's term (not first 40 weeks). Still, 23 journos killed on the 1st 3 years of his admin is no joke. Compare that to PRRD's first 20 months where ALL of the President's harshest critics and purveyors of fake news against the govt. are still very much alive!

3. While I appreciate the article you claim to have co-written in 2013 (re: journos getting killed), I am totally disgusted on how you now act like you have totally and conveniently forgotten the past and everything you said to have written.

Gaano po ba kahirap aminin: Noon, ang mga journalists pinapatay. Ngayon, minumura lang ng mga Filipinong galit sa biased news habang hinahangaan naman at ginagawa pa ngang bayani ng mga dilaw, BBC, ICC, pati na ng simbahan.

4. Must we remind you and the others too that it was PRRD who issued Administrative Order #1 primarily to protect the lives of the journalists (yourself included) who incessantly criticize & demonize him.

5. I'm not here to belittle the threats or bashing that any of you may have received (if any). All I want is for journos to be truthful and fair--wag naman OA pa sa OA! Kung makangawa kasi kayo ngayon, you make it look like kinakawawa, binubusalan, at kinakatay kayo. Siguro naman po Journalism at hindi Theatre Arts ang tinapos ninyo. I get it that some of you did not even finish college, and that's just fine. But--for the life of me, if you want to be respected as a reporter, then start acting like one (unless you want to give Coco Martin a run for his money).

6. On your & your followers' question as to where I was before Duterte:

In my "alternate universe", I was (and still am) busy working my ass off and providing livelihood to some--that while also uncovering and exposing the corruption and anomalies of several greedy politicians & crooks! The difference is, unlike you, I am not in any one's payroll.

And oh, while I also got and continue to get all forms of threats and all kinds of bashing, I did not and do not whine. I did not and do not use the victim's card or play hero. I knew the risks and I was and still am ready to accept the consequences of my actions--then and now.

Walang drama. Walang camera. Walang paawa."

International trade expert responds to TV reporter Ed Lingao on journalist harassment issue International trade expert responds to TV reporter Ed Lingao on journalist harassment issue Reviewed by Nathan Singson on February 09, 2019 Rating: 5

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