WE, concerned citizens and members of Bangon Kagay-an Inc., who promote ethical leadership, good governance and the preservation/protection of the environment, sense and bear the consequences of the increasing threats on the life of some key personalities in media, particularly editor-in-chief and publisher, respectively, of The Gold Star Daily.
The threat was allegedly sent through text message on the morning of June 19 to the editor, saying that they would be “fed to a crocodile.” This is in connection with the government’s confiscation of illegal logs in Butuan City which was published in Cagayan de Oro’s last and fearless bastion of truth and democracy––The Gold Star Daily.
We are aware that such threats have been the work of corrupt government officials in cahoots with devious businessmen whose interest in illegal activities have been threatened by the vigilance of civic groups and honest officials in some government agencies in the region.
It is imperative that we, as a socio-political organization and a recognized social media group with 20,400 members on the Internet, have to speak up and reassure those in the media that we are behind them and will extend our utmost support so that the truth, no matter how mad some people will get, would always prevail.
We warn similar unscrupulous private groups and corrupt government officials in Cagayan de Oro to desist from employing the same dirty method in their attempt to suppress the truth. We will face you as one strong and united community. You will be uprooted from whence you stand, and will probably never know where the “blows” will come from. This we commit ourselves in the interest of truth, justice and democracy.