ABS-CBN News reporter to sue attackers

Queenie Casimiro, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Sep 22 2016 11:00 PM

ABS-CBN Zamboanga reporter Reuben James Rosalado

ZAMBOANGA CITY - A reporter of ABS-CBN in Zamboanga City is seeking legal remedy against two persons who mauled him during a coverage at the military's Western Mindanao Command in Zamboanga City on Wednesday.

Reuben James Rosalado, a reporter of the TV network in Zamboanga City, was at the camp's helipad awaiting the arrival of freed kidnap victim Martina Yee who was recovered by the military in Sulu.

At the area, Rosalado saw the relatives of Yee and asked for an interview. When the relatives declined, Rosalado said he did not insist on his request. However, Rosalado said, the relatives told him to leave the area.

Rosalado explained the media was given clearance by the Wesmincom to cover the arrival of Yee from Sulu. Rosalado told the relatives to bring their complaints to the command's leadership.

At this point one of Yee's relatives punched Rosalado on his chest. The second blow from another man landed on the reporter's left cheek. The two men also threatened to harm Rosalado's cameraman Jovito Alcoran. Rosalado's attackers were pacified by their lady companions.

At the police station, the two attackers were identified as Roseller Kue, 51 years old and his brother Reiner, 45 years old.

The Kue brothers apologized to Rosalado saying they were under stress due to what happened to their relative.

Rosalado, however, refused to accept their apology and has decided to file charges against his attackers.

In a statement, the Zamboanga Press Club condemned the attack on Rosalado and his cameraman. 

"The attack on Rosalado and his cameraman is an affront to the press freedom and to the laws of this country especially in this civilized society."

The National Union of Journalists of the Philippines Zambasulta Chapter also expressed support for Rosalado in his decision to file formal charges against the Kue brothers.

In a statement, NUJP Zambasulta said the Kue brothers also threatened to hurt other reporters if they will take video of Yee's arrival and her reunion with her family.

Martina Yee was forcibly taken by a group of armed men from her store in Sirawai, Zamboanga del Norte in the afternoon of September 19. She was rescued by the military in Kajatian, Indanan, Sulu on Wednesday.