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Written by Joseph G. Lariosa   
Thursday, 24 December 2009 08:59


By JOSEPH G. LARIOSA

(© 2009 Journal Group Link International)

 

 

Filipino-Australian Press Group Turns In A$1,330 for Maguindanao Journalist-Victims’ Families

 

C HICAGO, Illinois (JGLi) – A Filipino press group from Australia turned over Wednesday (Dec. 23) A$1,330 (54,280 Philippine pesos or US$1,167) to the National Press Club of the Philippines (NPCP) in Manila for distribution to survivors of 31 journalists massacred in Maguindanao a month ago.

 

Louie Logarta, former NPC president and columnist of Philippine Daily Tribune, emailed this reporter to say that Renato Perdon, columnist and editor of the Filipino section of Bayanihan News based in the suburb of Sydney, Australia, turned over the A$1,330 to Fely Santos, secretarial staff of the NPC, “for relatives of the Maguindanao massacre victims, the mediamen only; it was duly receipted; I am sure the (relatives) will be elated at this since people from far, far away do care about them.”

 

Mr. Perdon is the elder brother of Domingo “Nonoy” Perdon, editor-publisher of Bayanihan News, who was Mr. Logarta’s colleague when they both covered the Manila Police beat.

 

Responding to the wholesale massacre of more-than 30 news media people in Maguindanao, members of The Filipino Press Group of Sydney launched an appeal for funds “to help relieve some of the pain now experienced” by victims’ families five days after the Nov. 23 massacre.

 

Domingo “Nonoy” Perdon was tasked by the group to deliver the funds raised to the NPCP.

 

Newspaper columnist Neria Soliman said the group had earlier pledged to seek further contributions from affiliate organizations of the Philippine Community Council of NSW.

 

According to Bayanihan News, “at least, one reporter who died in the massacre had a family of wife and nine children,” quoting NewsPinoy editor Titus Filio, who had lived in the Maguindanao area in his youth. “News media people do not earn much, so their families must be really suffering.”

 

His sentiments were echoed by Mr. Perdon, who had proposed the appeal as grave emergency measure, Ms. Soliman, Philippine Sentinel editor Dino Cresini, The Filipino Australian website webmaster Romy Cayabyab, and Radio Sandigan producer Jaime Pimentel at a special meeting in Rooty Hill last Nov. 28.

 

Group’s spokesman Jaime Pimentel said the fundraising was held only for two weeks, starting Nov. 30.

 

D omingo Perdon sought the help of this reporter to get the contact information of Mr. Logarta and NPCP President Benny Antiporda when they started the fund campaign.

 

In an email to this reporter, Domingo Perdon, wrote earlier, “Your organization (NPC Phil.-U.S.A. in Chicago, Illinois) was inspirational for us (The Filipino Press Group of Sydney) here in Sydney.”

 

“In undertaking a similar fund appeal (that you have) for the press and media victims in the Maguindanao massacre, I have been trying to contact Louie Logarta, two-time NPC president and until last year when I visited Manila was NPC secretary, but with no success," he added.

 

Earlier, the NPC Phil.-U.S.A. has also collected from among its members and friends that will be donated to the widow of Bong Reblando of the Manila Bulletin and one of the 31 massacred journalists. Mr. Reblando was a special guest of the Chicago-based press club in 2001.

(lariosa_jos@sbcglobal.net)

 

 

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