By Vergel O. Santos NOTE: The writer has himself adapted the following piece from a chapter (“A nation in denial”) in his book Chino and his times, a biography of Joaquin P. Roces. THE SPECTER of martial law is looming again. Rodrigo Duterte, a mere month into his presidency, mouthed the dreaded phrase in a fit […]
NOT TO rain on anyone’s parade and, clearly, with no intention to bash initiatives to support freedom of information in government – the media and advocates would be remiss if we did not review the executive order and determine what response it requires of us. So far, it has dramatized the Chief Executive as a […]
CMFR HAS monitored election coverage since 1992, publishing reports in 1995, 2001, 2007 and 2010. Deeply troubling issues in 2016 compelled a close monitoring of media coverage. First, Jejomar Binay seemed an unstoppable force in 2015 as he projected his run despite 11 Senate hearings (as of December 2014) on charges of corruption. Second, the son […]
MARTIAL LAW is now history. Why then an update, a term journalists usually use for reports that keep up with the latest developments in current events. Perhaps even history calls for assessment and reassessment, as American historian, Glenn May, describes in his book “A Past Updated”. Unfortunately, while we have yet to write the history of Martial Law, we already need an update, a quick revise in the public mind about the meaning of those years.
PRESUMABLY SPEAKING for President Benigno Aquino III, Presidential Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma described martial rule — which Ferdinand Marcos imposed throughout the country 43 years ago through Presidential Proclamation 1081 — as “one of the darkest chapters in the country’s history.”
“BIZARRE” WAS how an American journalist, who’s in the Philippines to write an article on the killing of journalists, described what he’s finding out
LAST WEEK’S flurry of media attention on Tacloban City and some other areas in the Visayas supertyphoon Yolanda (Haiyan) smashed into on November 8, 2013 has once more underlined the persistence in the media of the habit of erratic reporting in the aftermath of even the most significant events only to refocus attention on them once they’re commemorated.
EVERY REPORTER is—or should be—familiar with the who, what, where, when, why and how of news writing. What happened, to whom, where it happened, how, why and when are the details in the news that immediately provide media readers, viewers and listeners the information they seek about the events around them. The facts are important and are the fundamentals that immediately provide media audiences answers to their questions on what happened.
ANECDOTAL EVIDENCE suggests mass disaffection with Philippine politics in the wake of the scandals that regularly appear in the Philippine media.
TO THEIR credit, some radio and TV stations as well as broadsheets have been commemorating the declaration of martial rule in 1972 by airing and presenting special reports every September.