Proceeds from US-based journo’s book to benefit orphans of colleagues slain in Ampatuan massacre

(From left) Maria Alexandra Nicole, Xhandi Glaze, and Ruschiel Faye Marie Morales, daughters of Rossel Morales, one of the journalists slain in the Ampatuan Massacre in November 2009. Rossel worked for the local publication News Focus.

(From left) Maria Alexandra Nicole, Xhandi Glaze, and Ruschiel Faye Marie Morales, daughters of Rossel Morales, one of the journalists slain in the Ampatuan Massacre in November 2009. Rossel worked for the local publication News Focus.

US-based journalist Benjamin Pimentel will be donating the proceeds of his anthology of essays, which will be launched on Friday, July 5, 2013, to help send to school the children of colleagues slain in the November 23, 2009 Ampatuan massacre.

“How My Sons Lost Their Tagalog,” published by the Ateneo University Press, is a collection of articles Pimentel has written for the online news portal Inquirer.net.

The National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP), which has provided scholarships for children of murdered journalists through the Journalist Orphans’ Fund (JOF), is inviting everyone to attend the launch of the book at the Faber Hall, Ateneo de Manila University at 5:00 pm.

Established in 2005, the JOF has extended educational and psychosocial assistance to the children of journalists killed in the line of duty.

NUJP sees this as a way to help families of slain journalists move forward even as they fight for justice.

Over the last five years, the JOF has seen nine orphans graduate from college.

To date, 87 children of murdered journalists, from grade school to college, have been receiving support from the JOF.

About 30 of them are sons and daughters of Ampatuan massacre victims.

For reference
Rupert Francis Mangilit
Secretary General
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