TV News Team Ambushed in Marawi City
CMFR/ Philippines – Four unidentified men on two motorcycles ambushed a television news team in Marawi City on December 26. Marawi City is 1497 kilometers south of Manila. No one in the team was hurt.
An ABS-CBN television news team from Iligan City led by TV broadcaster Ronie Enderes was on its way back to Iligan after doing a follow-up story on the bombing of the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines tower in Lanao del Sur on December 25. The team noticed two motorcycles following them. Upon reaching Barangay Banggolo, the motorcycle-riding men fired two shots at the team causing damage to the crew’s vehicle. Enderes, cameraman Emilito Balansag and driver Garry Montecillo were unharmed.
ABS-CBN News in its official statement condemned the attack and urged authorities to investigate the ambush. The statement said:
“ABS-CBN News condemns in the strongest terms the attack Saturday on our News team by motorcycle-riding gunmen in Banggolo, Marawi City.
“…We are relieved that Ronnie, Emilito, and Gary are safe and unharmed. We are also grateful to the Philippine Army’s 103rd Brigade for providing temporary refuge to our News team.
“We urge the authorities to investigate this ambush and bring the perpetrators to justice soonest, even as we vow to continue with our duties as journalists.”
The police have yet to identify any suspect in the attack. Investigation is ongoing.