TV Reporter Assaulted by Freed Hostage’s Kin

Originally published on the CMFR website on 30 September 2016.

 

CMFR/PHILIPPINES—A television reporter and a cameraman were allegedly assaulted by the relatives of a freed hostage victim 22 September 2016 in Zamboanga City, Zamboanga del Sur. Zamboanga City is 1,333 kilometers south of Manila.

ABS-CBN Zamboanga reporter Reuben James Rosalado and cameraman Jovito Alcoran were covering the release of Abu Sayyaf hostage Martina Yee inside the Western Mindano Command (Wesmincom) camp when they were allegedly attacked by Yee’s nephews. Yee was expected to arrive from Sulu aboard a military chopper.

According to a report of the National Union of the Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP), while waiting for Yee’s arrival, Rosalado and Alcoran approached Yee’s nephews, Roseller and Reiner Kue, to ask for an interview with Martina. The two declined and ordered the reporter to leave. When Rosalado explained that they were allowed by the Western Mindama Command of the Armed Forces of the Philippines to cover the event, the two punched him in the face and chest. Roseller and Reiner also reportedly threatened Alcoran, saying that they will harm him should he take footage of Yee’s arrival.

Rosalado is planning to file charges against the Kue brothers.