Reporter who exposed ‘drug war killers’ to speak in Vancouver

Manuel Mogato (right) receives award.


Vancouver, B.C.


Reporter who exposed Duterte’s ‘killers’ receives
2017 award

Manuel ‘Manny Mogato will speak in Vancouver

By Ted Alcuitas

His Facebook account was hacked by Duterte supporters after he and fellow reporter Karen Lema ran a story on Duterte likening himself to Adolf Hitler and saying he would “be happy” to deal with the Philippines’ criminals just as the latter did to millions of Jews.

The President’s remark drew international criticism from world leaders, Jewish groups and the United Nations.

Mogato, Reuter’s Philippine correspondent, has been honoured as the 2017 Marshall McLuhan Fellow.

He will speak at a public forum on “Journalism under attack: The phenomenon of fake news and challenges of accountability in the new media” on Monday, November 27 at UBC’s Liu Institute from 6 – 7:30 PM.

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This August, Mogato, together with fellow Reuters reporter Claire Baldwin, came out with a special report using detailed insider accounts of two senior Philippine National Police (PNP) officials who claimed that most of the killings of criminals under the Duterte’s administration were “state-sponsored.”

The interviews exposed police officers supposedly receiving payoffs for every drug suspect and other “troublemakers” killed.

The Reuters report also found tracks leading to the existence of a so-called Davao Death Squad which was said to “augment and assist” these killings.

Established in 1997 by the University of Toronto and the Canadian Embassy in Manila in honor of the Canadian philosopher, author and media theorist Marshall McLuhan, the fellowship is awarded to a journalist “embodying outstanding qualities in the field of investigative journalism.”

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