SENATE HEARINGS in aid of legislation are an important part of democracy. The very nature of these hearings – senators have subpoena and contempt powers and are immune from legal action – make them a potentially great venue for ferreting out the truth on issues of national import.
Examining the Mamasapano Impact on Peace
CHEERS TO the Philippine Daily Inquirer for running a two-part series examining the impact of the Mamasapano incident on peace negotiations between the Philippine government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF). The daily broadsheet ran the series during the week when the incident marked its first anniversary.
CHEERS TO ABS-CBN 2’s TV Patrol and CNN Philippines’ Network News for exploring developments and other issues in Mamasapano, Maguindanao, a year after the clash between the Philippine National Police-Special Action Force (PNP-SAF) and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) and other armed groups on January 25, 2015. The firefight claimed the lives of 44 PNP-SAF troopers, 17 MILF members and at least five civilians.
CRITICISM RAINED on President Benigno Simeon C. Aquino III for his veto of House Bill 5842 that sought to increase by PHP 2,000 the monthly Social Security System (SSS) pension. Given the current context – it’s election season and there are two million pensioners who are potential voters – Aquino’s executive action drew the ire of many citizens, not just the pensioners.
CHEERS TO Rappler.com for its efforts to revisit former president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo’s plunder case, coinciding with the fifteenth anniversary of the protest action known as “EDSA Dos” or People Power II that ousted Joseph Estrada in 2001.
THE THOMSON Reuters Foundation is offering a course on ethical and professional elections reporting.
The program aims to provide training for journalists who are covering elections through seminars and workshops discussing the role of media in promoting democratic elections and voter information, ethics and writing techniques, story sourcing and legal dangers.