in , ,

Rappler tells Bongbong Marcos camp to stop harassing reporters

The incident was captured on video where Buan is seen trying to get an ambush interview with the dictator’s son during a sortie on IBP Road, Quezon City but security personnel wouldn’t let her. 

Rappler condemned the way presidential aspirant Ferdinand ‘Bongbong’ Marcos Jr’s security personnel and media relations officer Krizza Mendizabal treated its reporter Lian Buan.

“Our reporter Lian Buan, who covers Marcos, was subjected to both on-the-ground and online harassment,” wrote Rappler on its website.

The incident was captured on video where Buan is seen trying to get an ambush interview with the dictator’s son during a sortie on IBP Road, Quezon City but security personnel wouldn’t let her. 

Mendizabal also repeatedly shoved the journalist’s hand and cellphone camera.

After getting pushed onto a structure, Buan can be heard crying, “Aray! Ang sakit!” 

Rappler said that the campaign staff should already recognize by now who the usual reporters are covering Marcos and that they pose no threat.

“This kind of media censorship, which involves physical force, is unacceptable in a country that protects free speech and a free press in its Constitution,” the entry read.

The statement said that Buan was red-tagged prior to “physical harassment.”

“Twitter user @shiningtwicexo red-tagged Ms. Buan as ‘one of the high-ranking officials of the CPP-NPA-NDF’ due to her membership in the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP), where she is a director.”

Fellow Rappler journalist Mara Cepeda said the incident could be a glimpse of what a Marcos administration would look like if he wins.

Rappler CEO Maria Ressa said the video showed how coward Marcos Jr. is when answering tough questions.


“We call on the Marcos camp and his supporters to be more transparent, to stop harassing journalists, and to respect the media’s role in a free society,” Rappler added.

Written by paulie walnuts

Clarita Carlos lectured by lawyers over statement on Bar exams passers

Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach takes pride in her first-time experience voting, casts her vote for VP Leni Robredo as president via overseas absentee voting