We condemn in the strongest possible terms the recent attack by armed men on the Abante printing offices. This brazen assault on our free press cannot be allowed to pass unchallenged. A free press is essential in a free nation, and this attempt to intimidate and silence Abante, the leading Filipino language publication in our country, must be resisted by all freedom-loving Filipinos.
We call on the authorities to act swiftly on this matter and bring the perpetrators to justice. In the meantime, we send this message to all those who seek to curtail our freedoms through threats and violence: We will not be cowed. We will stand together and defend our freedom.
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