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Siena Luchansky: Post-EDSA docu reveals the real reason why Jun Pala was killed

I have heard the name Jun Pala for countless times, but I seriously have no idea who he was nor what he has done.

I've heard so much about him, but I never had the chance to see what he looks like until this time.
Siena Luchansky
PTPA Siena Luchansky
A video on has been making rounds on Facebook featuring Jun Pala. The hard-core journalist, radio commentator from Davao City. Pala, according to many, was a huge supporter of the military. He's well-known for his anti-communist stance and was the biggest cheerer of Alsa Masa, a right-wing vigilante group that used to operate in Davao City targeting NPA rebels in the area.

A report from Rappler says...
Back then, the New People's Army (NPA) had honed in on Agdao and controlled the low-income settlement area. The place earned the monicker "Nicaragdao" after the Latin American country of Nicaragua which went through a similar experience.

Aquino was controversial himself, with William Chapman, author of Inside the Philippine Revolution, describing him as a "political overlord" in Agdao. A report by the Lawyers Committee for International Human Rights also noted that Aquino's Alsa Masa "became notorious for its own lawless activities, including liquidations of suspected rebels."

Baby Aquino was later assassinated, reportedly by NPA rebels.

Alsa Masa was then reorganized in 1986, with Rolando "Boy Ponsa" Cagay, who claimed to be a former NPA member, at the helm.

The new Alsa Masa had the support of then Lieutenant Colonel Franco Calida, who was the commander of the Davao City Metropolitan Command at the time. Radio broadcaster Jun Pala was linked to the group as its supposed spokesman, or the "Voice of Alsa Masa". Some reports cite him as the group's founder.

There were nearly 10,000 reported Alsa Masa members in Davao City, "including 3,000 former NPA members."

These members conducted patrols in the city, operated checkpoints, collected intelligence for the police, and exercised the right of citizen arrest, reported US professor Ronald May in a study on vigilante groups.

Jun Pala Video
A clip of a documentary that was released after the first EDSA revolution says that "His former radio manager Prof. Alex Roldan said "Pala was the first person who bastardized journalism and radio in Davao". So I leave it here for you to judge if he's a press freedom martyr."

Here's the voice Jun Pala and why he's feared:

Siena Luchansky: Post-EDSA docu reveals the real reason why Jun Pala was killed Siena Luchansky: Post-EDSA docu reveals the real reason why Jun Pala was killed Reviewed by Raelyn Luchansky on 12:50:00 PM Rating: 5

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