Manila. A provincial governor in the Philippines has been suspended for a month for hitting a radio broadcaster on the head with a microphone, a government spokeswoman said Monday.
President Benigno Aquino III ordered the suspension of Governor Jocel Baac of the northern province of Kalinga one year after he attacked broadcaster Jerome Tabanganay during a live radio program.
“We have always stated that members of media should not be subjected to any threat, to any harm, verbal or physical, and this suspension affirms our commitment,” deputy presidential spokeswoman Abigail Valte said.
On June 7 last year, Baac stormed into the studio of radio broadcaster dzRK in Kalinga to confront Tabanganay, who had accused him of being involved in illegal logging and gambling.
During the confrontation, Baac hit Tabanganay on the head with his microphone.
Press freedom groups have tagged the Philippines as one of the most dangerous countries in the world for journalists.
In 2009, 31 media workers were among 57 people killed in a massacre allegedly perpetrated by a powerful political clan in the southern Philippines.