Abante reports harassment attempt by men who introduced themselves as PDEA agents

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, September 18) — Abante News group said three men claiming to be members of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) harassed them on Tuesday, September 17.

In a tweet Wednesday, Abante News group general manager Gil Cabacungan said, "Harassment against @AbanteNews continues just a week after an attempt to torch our plant. 3 men aboard a silver Toyota van arrived at our Paranaque plant on Sept. 17 at 8 pm. They claimed to be from PDEA and they were looking for 'media.' PDEA disowned these men."

Cabacungan said the men asked for the plant manager who was absent. They then asked for the deputy manager who refused to go with them.

"The men did not press the issue and left after 5 mins since our guards blocked their entry," Cabacungan added.

Cabacungan said they went to the police to put the incident in the blotter, but "the police refused since there was nobody hurt. We pressed our case this morning and the police agreed to put it on blotter this pm."

He said they would not be swayed by the incident and would continue to do their job as it was their "duty as a journalist to our loyal readers."

"The day we stop running our plant is the day we let the enemies of free press win," he added.

On September 9, four gunmen stormed Abante's printing plant in Parañaque, setting some of the equipment on fire.

In a statement, Abante News group editor-in-chief Fernando Jadulco said at least two staff members were injured in the incident.