Two schoolboys arrested for murder of journalist Stephen Omais

first_img Follow the news on Philippines May 3, 2021 Find out more PhilippinesAsia – Pacific Mass international solidarity campaign launched in support of Maria Ressa PhilippinesAsia – Pacific Organisation to go further Receive email alerts News February 16, 2021 Find out more A 16-year-old schoolboy, arrested by police in Kalinga Province in the northof the country on 5 January 2005, has admitted to the 26 November murder ofStephen Omais, which he said he carried out with five of his friends.He told police that the six youths, all of whom were under the influence ofalcohol, decided to kill the first person they met. On leaving a bar theycame across Omais, dragged him along with them and brutally beat him aboutthe head before stoning him to death.One of the five other suspects has been arrested and a court in Tabuk,Kalinga Province issued an arrest warrant for the other four.Omais was a reporter for the provincial bi-monthly Guru Press and localpublic radio DZRK. Because of the circumstances of his death, ReportersWithout Borders did not include his name on a list of six journalists killedin the Philippines in 2004 because of their work._______________________________________________________03.12.2004A second journalist murdered within one weekReporters Without Borders expressed its deep concern after a second journalist was murdered within one week in the Philippines, the 13th to be killed this year.Reporter Stephen Omais was found dead on 27 November 2004, near the city of Tabuk in Kalinga Province in the north of the country.Appalled at this series of killings, the worldwide press freedom organisation called on the government to “urgently come up with some fresh approaches to halt this wave of violence against the press”.Omais, who worked for the provincial bi-weekly Guru Press and local public radio DZRK, was apparently killed on 26 November 2004. His body was discovered the following day with several head injuries apparently caused by stones found near the corpse. His family identified him a few days later.A colleague at Guru Press, Estefania Kollin, said she had last seen Omais two weeks previously. He had been investigating a government public works project after which staff at the newspaper had received death threats.The provincial governor and the police chief of Kalinga Province offered a reward of 20,000-pesos (about 270 euros) for information leading to the identity of Omais’s killer.Police are questioning a friend of the murder victim and a cycle-rickshaw driver. Director General of the national police Edgar Aglipay said a suspect had been arrested on 3 December. He was Joey Patalig, 32, a professor at Tabuk Central School. No evidence of his guilty has yet been produced.Reporters Without Borders called on the authorities to keep national and international organisations for the protection of journalists informed about any progress in the investigations. center_img Help by sharing this information Philippines: RSF and the #HoldTheLine Coalition welcome reprieve for Maria Ressa, demand all other charges and cases be dropped June 1, 2021 Find out more News News RSF_en January 5, 2005 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Two schoolboys arrested for murder of journalist Stephen Omais Filipina journalist still held although court dismissed case eleven days ago Newslast_img read more

State Superintendent Says Schools May be Closed for Remainder of Academic Year

first_imgSchools may be closed for the rest of the academic year according to the state superintendent.“Due to the current safety concerns and needs for ongoing social distancing it currently appears that our students will not be able to return toschool campuses before the end of the school year,” said Tony Thurmond. “This is in no way to suggest that school is over for the year, but ratherwe should put all efforts into strengthening our delivery of education through distance learning.”Schools in the Pasadena Unified School District have been closed since March 16. There is no mention of the letter on the PUSD website.The district has been offering local students and their families free meals since the schools closed. Some students get their only meal of the dayat school.“We acknowledge that students only being able to be served through distance learning creates hardships for some students, families, and educators,”the letter states. However, we are urging a safety first approach out of an abundance of caution.”Earlier this month four employees were tested for the virus. The results of those tests have not been made public.Students are scheduled to return in early May.“We urge that all school districts in California move towards and/or continue to strengthen their distance learning programs and opportunities forstudents,” said Thurmond. “We believe this sustains the safety of our students and families, provides consistency across schools in the state, andprovides our districts and educators with clarity and the ability to plan for delivering education for the rest of this school year through adistance learning model.” Make a comment STAFF REPORT First Heatwave Expected Next Week Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * STAFF REPORT Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy More Cool Stuff faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  TOP STORY State Superintendent Says Schools May be Closed for Remainder of Academic Year Calls for districts to strengthen distance learning By DONOVAN MCCRAY Published on Tuesday, March 31, 2020 | 5:23 pm Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. HerbeautyThe Real Truth About The Pain Caused By MicrobladingHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyAmazing Sparks Of On-Screen Chemistry From The 90-sHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyHere Is What Scientists Say Will Happen When You Eat AvocadosHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty7 Things A Man Will Do Only If He Really Loves YouHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Strong Female TV Characters Who Deserve To Have A SpinoffHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyWant To Seriously Cut On Sugar? You Need To Know A Few TricksHerbeautyHerbeautycenter_img Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena CITY NEWS SERVICE/STAFF REPORT Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Subscribe Top of the News Business News EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Community News Community News 21 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it last_img read more