3 August 2005
Source: Southeast Asian Press Alliance (SEAPA)
An influential newsmagazine in Manila has bared what it believes to be a death threat against its managing editor.
Newsbreak Magazine, in a statement published online on 3 August, said that “while we know that threats come with our job, we do not take this lightly. By letting the public know of this incident, we hope to get the best protection for (our managing editor).”
Newsbreak said managing editor Glenda Gloria on the evening of 2 August received “a wreath meant for the dead”. It was delivered to her family residence in Quezon City. A ribbon attached read: “Condolences from your loving friends.”
Newsbreak said the man who delivered the wreath was instructed to personally give the flowers to Ms. Gloria.
“Ms. Gloria spoke to the delivery boy and he said that a man in a black car, around 30 years old, bought the wreath from their small flower shop,” Newsbreak’s account of the incident said.
Ms. Gloria’s most recent articles in Newsbreak touched on issues having to do with the Philippine military. In its July 4, 2005 issue, she wrote on the Intelligence Service of the Armed Forces of the Philippines as the “number one suspect” in a wiretapping scandal that has destabilized the government of Philippine president Gloria Macapagal Arroyo.
In Newsbreak’s latest issue, she writes about the alleged participation of some officers in the 2004 election fraud in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao. As managing editor, she also supervises and coordinates reporting of stories.