Pamintuan threatens to file case vs GMA7, reporter
ANGELES CITY — League of Cities of the Philippines National President and GRP Peace Panel Adviser Angeles City Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan has threatened to file a formal case against television and radio network GMA 7 and its reporter Jessica Bartolome for publishing an alleged “wrong and very dangerous and damaging report.”
In its online gmanews.com, Bartolome reportedly wrote “Angeles City Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan, adviser of the government’s peace panel, had earlier condemned the killings. He alleged that the CPP’s armed wing, the New People’s Army, and its political wing, the National Democratic Front (NDF) are behind the killings due to land disputes.”
“I never said that!” Pamintuan exclaimed. “That is a case of malicious reporting. The reporter twisted the truth,” he added.
In his statement published at the website of the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process, Pamintuan condemned the slayings of farmer leaders and ask the Philippine National Police and local officials to take serious actions against the perpetrators.
“The victims were progressive farmer leaders. How can I accuse the NPA and NDF of masterminding the slaying when I know for a fact that the revolutionary forces and progressives organizations have almost similar goals and will never harm each other,” Pamintuan said.