Editoryal: Patay na ang Tagapagbalita

Wala na ang pinakamalaking tagapagbalita sa Pilipinas.  Matapos tulugan ng Kongreso ng may kung ilang buwan ang aplikasyon ng ABS-CBN para sa bago nitong prangkisa upang patuloy na makapagpasahimpapawid, alinsunod sa Saligang-Batas, tinuluyan nang tuldukan ng National Telecommunications Commission ngayong gabi ang pagpatay sa Channel 2, mga kapatid nitong istasyon sa iba’t ibang probinsya pati…

ABS-CBN Shutdown: When Our Freedoms Are Threatened

We stand on the shoulders of our heroes – the mighty men and women who fought with guns, machetes, sharp strategy, and sheer courage to hand us on a silver platter the freedoms we now enjoy. Our liberties are born from the blood of brave hearts who took up arms or took to the streets…

Kim Chiu’s Van Riddled with Bullets in Katipunan

Update: Here is the CCTV footage that captures the moments right after Kim Chiu’s van leaves La Vista Subdivision in Quezon City. Unfortunately, the camera didn’t record the actual shooting incident. The police are investigating a trailing motorcycle with two riders that may have been waiting for the vehicle to emerge from the subdivision. They…

A Crossroad in Press Freedom and a Golden Chance

I remember watching from my room in 2007 the footage of journalists handcuffed in plastic bands and shoved to a bus during their coverage of the Antonio Trillanes IV-led siege at the Manila Peninsula Hotel in Makati. I was a 2nd year journalism student in UST. I think that was one of the first defining…

Kapamilya Lockdown, A Disservice to the Filipino

May mahaba akong essay na laan sana rito ito, pero na-realize ko, parte ng pribilehiyo ko bilang bahagi ng industriyang ito na naiintindihan ko ang koneksyon ng kagustuhang ipasara ang ABS-CBN sa pagsikil sa kalayaang mamahayag. Pero hindi lahat gets kung bakit mahalaga ito. ‘Yung iba, hindi makaalis sa sarili nilang privileged bubble kaya hindi…

Presstitutes?

It’s easy to ditch the media, if you think the institution is biased, corrupt and useless. Regardless of whatever pushes you to make such sweeping generalizations, you can just stop watching, reading, and consuming right now. But you won’t. Because whether you like it or not, the media is just as important as you are…

“Bias”

Kababasa ko lang sa isang Facebook thread — gago raw ang media. Biased daw. Paano? We feed you quality shows, and then what? Wala masyadong nanonood. The ratings, likes and shares show. Mas gusto niyong pagpiyestahan ang mga teleserye tungkol sa mga kabit at teenybopper, mga personal na buhay ng mga celebrity at opisyal ng gobyerno, at mga…

Ethics and Biases: A Post-Mortem of Philippine Media During the 2016 Elections

The votes have been cast. The mudslinging has ended. And while Filipinos are anticipating the dawn of Duterte’s presidency, this may be a good time to reflect on how the media fulfilled their roles in covering the 2016 presidential elections. Journalists who covered the elections and communication professionals who observed from the sidelines took time to step…

The Life of TV Network Talents

Pursuing one’s passion while being paid is a blessing. Journalism is a craft I love and I am fortunate to work for one of the largest TV networks in the Philippines. In fact, I have spent all my working years here. But in an instant, the very life I have learned to love may become…

Tambay Chronicles by Isay Reyes

Basta tambay, kadalasan, tamad na agad — walang ginagawa, walang magandang patutunguhan. Pero sa mga tulad kong naghahatid ng serbisyong totoo sa balita, isa ang pagtambay sa kailangan naming pag-aralan at paghandaan. Minsan ngarag kami at kailangang mabilisang makapagbato ng balita. Minsan naman, may ilang oras na kailangan naming maghintay at tumambay! Yung tipong nabasa mo na…