Coffee Shop Owned by Prominent Filipino Broadcaster Anthony Taberna Reopens After Attack by Unknown Gunmen
Anthony Taberna, a popular television journalist for ABS-CBN, a major broadcast network in the Philippines, has reopened his coffee shop, Ka Tunying’s — located in Quezon City near Manila — weeks after the cafe was attacked by unidentified gunmen early on Friday, August 28.
The attack is believed to be related to discord over the summer among factions of the Iglesia ni Cristo (INC), an international Christian denomination originating in the Philippines, of which Taberna is a member.
The dispute became the subject of much media coverage in the Philippines, which also prompted Taberna to take a brief hiatus from his broadcast role, just days after the shooting. “As an active member of the Iglesia ni Cristo, I am in a situation where I can't credibly discuss issues surrounding these events,” Taberna said in a public statement.
A month after the attack on Taberna’s cafe — during which no one was injured — ABS-CBN has announced the news anchor’s return to the network, as well as the reopening of Ka Tunying’s.
“[We’ve had] many friends support us,” Taberna’s wife, Rossel Taberna, told ABS-CBN. “Even from abroad, those calls were incessant. We are very thankful.”