Sharing with this blog’s readers Marikenya’s appeal to the media and netizens against trivializing murders, exploiting images of dead bodies and typecasting and disrespecting gay people.
(This Facebook post was made after GMA 7’s 24 Oras in mainstream television featured the news about the murder of Dr. Alfredo Dimaano, a distinguished academician and philanthropist. The newscast showed in good resolution his dead almost naked body and featuring the interview of one of the main suspects for the crime who implied in the interview malicious thoughts about Dr. Dimaano.)
For all of us who respect and would like to cherish and protect the memories of a dearly beloved who was just brutally murdered, it is so painful and offensive to see his almost bloody naked body being paraded in your news site. You have clearly used that image to sensationalize the news and gather views and instant fame.
You have damaged a person’s memory. Dr. Alfredo Rhed Dimaano has worked hard for his name, for his reputation and for his career. He is well loved, you can ask the academic community and his vast network of friends. GMA News, WHY DIDN’T YOU EVEN BLUR THE PHOTO, WHY DO YOU HAVE TO PARADE HIS NAKEDNESS IN SOCIAL MEDIA?
YOU JUST OPENED A PLATFORM FOR HOMOPHOBIC HATERS TO JUDGE AND CONDEMN A PERSON FOR BEING GAY TOTALLY FORGETTING THAT HE’S A VICTIM OF COLD-BLOODED MURDER.
Take down that video and apologize publicly and appeal to other News agencies and Social media trolls to please stop spreading images and videos of people who were killed or found dead somewhere just to gather likes and shares for instant fame.
Please consider how damaging it would be for the families and friends of the dead when they see from facebook or news sites the photos of their loved ones in their nakedness or the gory way they died and how those images would haunt them forever. Could you please respect their grief or their decision to just remember their dead loved ones the way they were when they were still alive?
Could you please do not trivialize or make memes out of other people’s death? Could you please respect?
Justice I seek not only for the physical murder of our dear Dr. D but also for every news site, every blog, every social media comments about his death that malign and immediately cast judgment to his person because he is gay.
Justice for his memory.
(A student of the blogger forwarded the message to the GMA 7 management and the network responded publicly to the post through the comment section. Marikenya issued the following statements after.)
Thank You everyone for your support in helping us protect the memory and life of our dear Dr. Alfredo Dimaano.
Our plea has reached GMA News which promised that they would take down the video and images which may have harmed or would harm the memory of our Dr. D.
I have watched today’s news by GMA Network on his murder and I’m relieved they also removed the interview on the caretaker who insinuated malicious thoughts about Dr. D. Partly, I found justice in this.
Let us continue to vigilantly watch over the memories of our dear Dr. D and never tire of reminding the media and all others that we must respect the memory of the departed and the grief of their families and loved ones.
Thank you my love Nicole Miranda, former PLMar COLLEGE OF ARTS AND SCIENCES MassComm graduate, now working at GMA, for forwarding our concern to the management.
The fight for justice for his murder is not yet over.
Justice for his memory.
Marikina lost a talented and intellectual and good-hearted young academician in the person of Dr. Alfredo Dimaano whose short life was lived to serve his beloved profession — teaching. It is but fitting to continuously protect his memory from malicious implications from homophobic and insensitive gendered individuals.
His justice must be served as this kind of brutal murder must be punishable by law of men.
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