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Nov 02, 2017

THE PHOTOJOURNALISTS’ Center of the Philippines raises concern over the false accusation lobbed against photojournalist Raffy Lerma for his photo “Lamentation” published in the Philippine Daily Inquirer on July 24, 2017.

The photo, which shows a woman cradling a victim killed by unidentifi ed gunmen in Pasay City, was labelled by journalist Bobby Tiglao as “fakest fake news” last October 23 in his column in the Manila Times. The article incited negative reactions and hatred against credible media practitioners like Lerma.

Mr. Lerma on his recent statement clarified that he never implicated the Philippine National Police in the killing of Michael Siaron, and simply pointed out the increase in number of deaths, which he called “vigilante killings” allegedly linked to the government’s campaign against illegal drugs.

PCP denounces the repeated attacks on media practitioners who have been fearlessly doing their duty and urge the public to be discerning with false information designed to tarnish the reputation of journalists. PCP stands by its member Mr. Lerma, who has been a practicing photojournalist for over a decade and is known for following strict ethical standards in truthful, accurate and comprehensive reporting.

PCP espouses among its members the Photojournalists’ Code of Ethics, one of which is to respect the integrity of a photographic moment and resist participation in staging photo opportunities.

(PCP statement signed by chair Gigie Cruz-Sy, Oct. 29, 2017)

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