Environmentalists group condemns attempted media slay
By Jason de Asis
BALER, Aurora, November 22, 2010-The group of the Noble Blue Falcons International, Environmentalists, Peace Crusaders led by National President, Prof. Leonardo "Onad" Usita condemned the desperate act of the recent assassination plot to a veteran newsman in his house, yesterday night.
“Unidentified men hurled a bomb Wednesday night at the house of the principled media man, Bernie Rada, a veteran broadcaster of local Radyo-Natin, correspondent of CLTV 36, columnist of Aurora Newsbreak and Bandilya, damaging the front door of his house and frightening his family,” Usita said.
Rada, a former president of Aurora Press Club and the present Media Consultant of the Noble Blue Falcons Environmentalists, was in Manila when the incident occurred at 7 in the evening and no one was reported hurt.
Usita lamented that Rada is one of the few media men fighting side by side with Blue Faclons against illegal logging in the province and a pro-development advocates, adding that Rada is always defending the Aurora Pacific Economic Zone (APECO) from its critics.
The said environmental group believed that once the illegal logging stopped in the entire province it will assure economic boom to tourism industry’ and will create new jobs and opportunities just like the Blue Falcons projects to support the provincial government.
Usita urged the Aurora PNP to work double-extra time effort for the immediate solution of the case where the group tagged Rada as a hallmark of fearless but fair journalist.
Rada said to Usita by phone that he is not cowed by acts of terrorism like this one as he will live and die with his chosen profession to uphold the truth and fair play although he has his own positioned with regards to the ecozone.
Meanwhile, Aurora Governor Bellaflor Angara-Castillo directed the newly installed PNP Provincial Director, Senior Superintendent Rosvi Manulid to unmask the perpetrators and not to classify this as one of the unsolved crimes in the province within 72 hours according to Usita. (Jason de Asis)
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