AUGUST 2, 2005
Posted: August 9, 2005

Glenda M. Gloria, Newsbreak


A funeral wreath was delivered to the residence of Gloria’s mother on the night of August 2, according to a statement released by the Manila-based news magazine. The flowers came with the message, “Condolence from your loving friends.” The delivery person identified the sender as a 30-year-old man in a black car.

Gloria, managing editor of Newsbreak, told The Associated Press that the act was “meant to scare the family.”

“While we know that threats come with our job, we do not take this lightly,” the Newsbreak statement said. Yesterday, the flower shop received a second call requesting that they return to the same address, AP reported.

Gloria is a prominent investigative reporter who has written several recent articles about the Philippine military. She called a military intelligence unit the “number one suspect” in the controversial wiretapping of President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo. On the recording, which was leaked to the press, Arroyo is heard talking to an election monitor prior to the results of the May election. Based on the recording, opposition lawmakers have filed an impeachment complaint against the president, alleging election tampering.

In the latest issue of Newsbreak, Gloria reported on the alleged participation of some military officers in election fraud in a southern region of the Philippines last year.