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Broadcaster filing grave coercion
case against Dumaguete councilor


A radio blocktimer yesterday said grave coercion charges will be filed against a Dumaguete City councilor, after a heated verbal tussle between the two inside the announcer’s booth of an FM station in Dumaguete, recently.

Rene Ledesma, from Mindanao but with roots in Negros Occidental and Cebu, said at a press conference yesterday the case against Councilor Antonio Remollo will be filed before the City Prosecutor’s Office by his legal counsels Myles Bejar and Lester Nuique.

The complaint stemmed from an incident March 2, when Remollo, accompanied by some policemen, allegedly barged into the announcer’s booth of Power 91 DYGB-FM and asked Ledesma to stop his program, or the councilor will have him arrested.

Remollo, apparently irked by the anchor’s comments on the controversial “privatization” issue of the Dumaguete public market, asked Ledesma to stop his program, as the broadcaster was “harassing him on air”.

Wearing a black armband and surrounded by supporters, Ledesma said he was suing Remollo not just because of that incident but as he cannot allow the councilor to trample the rights of the media, and for press freedom.

Remollo said he welcomed the move of Ledesma to sue him.

He expressed disgust over the “false information” that Ledesma allegedly continuously discusses on air, and said he believes that what he did on March 2 was proper.

All he wanted was to correct Ledesma, the councilor added.

Remollo said he is mulling the filing of complaint against Ledesma before the Kapisanan ng mga Brodkaster sa Pilipinas.*JFP

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