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Thursday, August 18, 2016

Criminality dips under Pres. Rody, says Dipolog broadcaster

By Franklin P.  Gumapon

DIPOLOG CITY – Usually media practitioners are the ones shooting the questions and taking responses from their news sources: political leaders, government officials, religious and civic organizations, government agencies and other personages or groups that influence public opinion.

This time, it’s the other way around. Here is a lady media practitioner who holds a radio program dubbed “Kapihan sa Dipolog,” which is aired live every Sunday at 9-11:00 a.m. over RMN-dxDR.

Her program tackles the hottest issues of the day. In her latest edition of  “Kapihan sa Dipolog,” the topic centered on the government’s fight against illegal drugs with officials from the Philippine National Police (PNP) and Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) as guests.

This lady is known as Editha Pagente-Tomong, a former president of the Zamboanga del Norte Press Club (ZNPC). She is one of the local media practitioners who can bring to her program personalities from various political groups in town. Thus, following her program gives her listeners more balanced views on certain issues raised by opposing political camps.

Taking the bull by the horn, the Philippine Information Agency (PIA) was able to draw from Ms. Tomong her honest-to-goodness observation on the changes that are taking place when President Rodrigo Duterte took the reins of the presidency.

This, she said: “One notable change engendered by the Duterte administration is that the rate of criminalities has been drastically reduced due to his all-out war against illegal drugs.”

She, however, appealed to the law enforcers to spare the innocent civilians in purging the society of drug pushers and criminals, and the alleged senseless killings must end.