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APEC stamps out aggressive Behaviour

by FFE PH News staff

Apec expelled nine Hong Kong-based journalists who hounded president Aquino during the 21st Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit in Bali, Indonesia, Sunday.

As Aquino walked past the HK journalists at the Bali International Convention Center, he was bombarded with questions that slowly turned aggressive regarding the 2010 Luneta hostage crisis. Thankfully, Apec officials were quick to prevent the journalists from going out of bounds, smoothing out a potential threat to security.


President Aquino with Peruvian President Ollanta Humala. Photo source: Christian Esguerra

Hong Kong television service provider Now TV showed footage of an Apec official telling the reporters ‘You ambushed one of our visitors.’

Another Apec staff was recorded saying ‘You know that the decency [includes] no screaming. You do understand that?’

To prevent a similar mishap and in a bid to protect their guests, Apec immediately revoked the credentials of the nine journalists. After being detained, the journalists were free to roam Bali; however, they were not allowed to cover the rest of the Apec meeting.

Indonesian communications ministry Gatot Dewa Broto said ‘We deemed it improper for [journalists] to act that way, as they didn’t talk normally but they were very demonstrative, like they were protesting.’

Amid the Hong Kong press’ protest for the eviction, presidential spokesperson Edwin Lacierda said that the Apec officials took the ‘appropriate action’ for one of their guests.

Meanwhile, the president remained ‘calm’ and did not answer any of the journalists’ questions throughout the incident, said Aquino’s Communications secretary Ricky Carandang. He added that the president was more focused on the bigger task of attracting more foreign investors during Apec to achieve inclusive growth.

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