PASIG CITY – A reporter of Daily Tribune covering Malacanag is in critical condition after he was mauled and shot near his home in Pasig City last Sunday.
Fernan Angeles, 42, a former associate of Philippines Today editor in Chief Alfred Gabot, is still in the intensive care unit of the Pasig City General Hospital. He sustained at least seven bullet wounds and one of the bullets has remained in his backbone.
Angeles’ wife Gemma disclosed that her husband had identified to her those behind the attack.
Initial investigation showed that Angeles had written about illegal drugs operations in the city and this may have irked those involved, including some cops who were reported to be on the take from the drug lords.
The Malacanang Press Corps and the National Press Club have called on the President Aquino to do something so the perpetrators would be arrested and punished.
Since Aquino came to power, at least 12 journalists have died in the Philippines which is considered one of the most dangerous places for journalists in the world.
“We are deeply shocked and concerned over the shooting of Malacañang Press Corps (MPC) and Daily Tribune reporter Fernan J. Angeles,” Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda said during the regular press briefing in Malacanang.
Lacierda said the Aquino government directed Interior and Local Government Secretary Jesse M. Robredo to order the police to conduct a thorough investigation into the shooting incident.
He said the administration is exerting all out efforts to ensure the safety of Angeles as well as his family.
“We have also been in close contact with Mr. Angeles’ wife (Gemma) so as to render assistance to them in their hour of need. We have also communicated with the officers of MPC to assure them that all will be done to ensure the welfare and recovery of Mr. Angeles,” Lacierda stressed.
“Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Herminio B. Coloma spoke to Mrs. Angeles and also offered assistance to the family of Mr. Fernan Angeles. So we hope for his speedy recovery,” he said.
Reports said Angeles was shot by an unidentified gunmen along Evangelista Street in Barangay Pinagbuhatan at around 10 p.m. last Sunday evening.