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The Philippine press is no longer on the Filipino people’s side

Growing up, I read the Bulletin Today, Times Journal and Daily Express. These were the broadsheets in circulation for a “martial law” baby such as I. Newscasts then were perfunctory. The news was read without any commentary, in English. If you wanted the news in the vernacular, there was the AM radio stations. The shift […]

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No point celebrating ABS-CBN “death” anniversary because Filipinos have moved on

On this day last year, ABS-CBN died. Yes, it died. Nobody “killed” it. More importantly, nobody really cared because all ABS-CBN was to most Filipinos was a space filler — a channel through which noise was piped to a people uncomfortable with silence that would have otherwise been essential for reflection. The only people who […]

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Maria Ressa showed her arrogance during her interview with Stephen Sackur of HardTalk.

I finally had a chance to listen to the whole podcast of BBC journalist Stephen Sackur’s interview with Maria Ressa in his program HardTalk. Sackur did manage to ask some hard questions, which Ressa simply tried to dodge. She did not answer the questions directly. She kept insisting President Rodrigo Duterte’s popularity is a product […]

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Government Politics

US Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Kim should be SUMMONED to Malacanang to explain contempt of Philippine court!

What is the meaning of this “concern” US Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Kim expressed in a tweet he issued the other day over the guilty verdict handed down by a Philippine court on Rappler CEO Maria Ressa? Is Ambassador Kim suggesting that the United States has a legal opinion or even a say on […]

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ORCHESTRATED promotion of Maria Ressa’s plight DOMINATES Philippine media!

As expected, Rappler is again using its trademark lazy style of “journalism” (cherry-picking tweets) and promoting its own CEO, Maria Ressa’s agenda in time for a critical court decision to be handed out tomorrow (Monday) on a case involving her. This is the sort of CROOKED journalism that is killing mainstream news media! Ressa’s “allies” […]

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The fact that #ABSCBN can still stream TV Patrol over the Net proves this is NOT about “press freedom”

This tweet proves that ABS-CBN and its apologists were misleading Filipinos into thinking that their plight was an issue of “press freedom”. Kapamilya, tutok na sa @TVPatrol! ANCLivestream: https://t.co/HOpGbwLU1WFacebook: https://t.co/RtFGFiEDCwYouTube: https://t.co/dlotrnK4qHpic.twitter.com/9Xjn4nbEAE — ABS-CBN News (@ABSCBNNews) May 7, 2020 The fact is, ABS-CBN are not, in any way, being barred from delivering their content over alternative […]

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The shutdown of ABS-CBN is good for Philippine society

Whoa…hard to believe rule of law has prevailed in the Philippines! This is a victory for all the little people who got in trouble with the law for jaywalking, not having a permit to sell, not having a driver’s licence, etc. No one is above the law, not even the mighty ABS-CBN. It would be […]

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According to Rappler, Duterte government “targetted” it and “certain journalists” but shows no evidence

It’s time to fact check Rappler again. In a fluff piece meant primarily to feature “vice president” Leni Robredo’s address to “a forum of local and international journalists.” Included in this “report” is this passage… The Duterte administration has targeted certain journalists and news organizations like Rappler for their critical reporting on its policies, actions, […]

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Maria Ressa named among “most influential” by @TIME, but who or what exactly has she influenced?

As if TIME Magazine had not learned any lessons over the course of its slide to irrelevance over the last decade or so, it goes on and reportedly names Rappler CEO Maria Ressa among its “100 Women of the Year”. Time‘s “100 Women of the Year,” a list of the most influential women of the […]

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Karen Davila, like Maria Ressa, was unable to prove that “press freedom” is “under attack”!

The biggest takeaway from Karen Davila’s cringe-inspiring interview of Malacanang Spokesperson Salvador Panelo is not Panelo’s wearing dark glasses as “investigative journalist” Raissa Robles points out. Rather, it is Davila’s failure to respond intelligently when Panelo challenged her to back her assertion that ABS-CBN’s legal troubles constitute an “attack on press freedom”. Interestingly enough, the […]