Is the Philippine Daily Inquirer making fun of Demetrio Vicente’s physical challenges?

One thing I can absolutely say about the Senator Judges in the impeachment trial of Supreme Court Chief Justice Renato Corona is that they have been a very respectful lot. Although there were some instances where witnesses were made uncomfortable by their lines of questioning (which is by nature part of the hazards of being called to the witness stand in any case), I have so far seen no incident where any of the Senator Judges showed undue disrespect or spoke with a tone of condescension to any of the witnesses.

You’d think then that the people who constitute the self-styled “heroes” of Filipino “freedom of expression” that is the Philippine Media would take care to behave in a manner at least a notch above the politicians they presume to pontificate about in their hallowed pages and lucrative broadcast minutes.

Then again, you never quite know when they would outdo themselves as far as plumbing the depths of ill-breeding. The 14th of March 2012 edition of the Aquino Family newsletter — the Philippine Daily Inquirer ran what, to put it mildly, has been described as “unflattering photos” of defense witness Demetrio Vicente who appeared in yesterday’s hearing.

Right underneath the sort of screaming headline you’d expect of the tabloidesque “broadsheet” are four close-up photos of Vicente in various states of grimace as he undertook a gallant effort to attest to the character of the Chief Justice.

Vicente reportedly previously suffered from a stroke, which explains his slurred speech and, shall we say, less-than-optimum faculties for managing his facial expressions. This, in no way, undermined the soundness and monolithic consistency of his testimony which he delivered in an unblinking and candid manner — the hallmarks of a man obviously telling the truth. His outstanding performance on the stand considering his physical challenges earned him the affections of an admiring audience and a markedly extra-dignified regard from the officers of the court.

It is unfortunate then, that the Philippine Daily Inquirer editors did not take their cue from yesterday’s audience response. Ironic, considering that their sponsors have for so long insisted that this the impeachment trial is ultimately one that will be judged by “the people”. There is indeed no substitute for good breeding. We can thank this very public trial for helping reveal who has it and who doesn’t.

[Image courtesy Inquirer.net.]

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angela
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weird. my inquirer doesn’t have those pics of vicente on the front page but on page 20. on my frontpage, the top photo is not of the azkals but just one big one of vicente looking over papers, justiniano and cuevas flanking him. same headines though and everything else the same.

which tells me they came out with a second edition to feature the azkals win, sabay put in that derogatory collage. kabastusan to the max. as if azkals not bastos enough.

Vincenzo B. Arellano JR.
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Vincenzo B. Arellano JR.

mas masahol pa rin naman mukha ni abnoy dyan.

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[…] The webmaster of Get Real Philippines pointed out that Inquirer is (wittingly or not, I wish to add) making fun of Mr. Vicente’s appearance. This message was posted meanwhile in the PDI’s Twitter page (and retweeted by the Professional Heckler): “Spoke with editors. They said intention wasn’t to make fun. Those were only photos available.” That reasoning flies in the face of common sense. […]

Amir al Bahr
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They should rename themselves the Philippine Daily Insensitivity, Philippine Daily Inquisition, Philippine Daily Insult (take your pick).

Attempting to establish credibility through physical features. More fun in the Philippines.

Maybe some people will disagree with me, but some shred (perhaps the last remaining) of decency of the PDI died with Gani Yambot.

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[…] @benign0 adds “You’d think then that the people who constitute the self-styled “heroes” of Filipino “freedom of expression” that is the Philippine Media would take care to behave in a manner at least a notch above the politicians they presume to pontificate about in their hallowed pages and lucrative broadcast minutes.” […]

jeanne
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One word – nakakarumi. It was the epitome of a low-blow. Come on, PDI, you’re supposed to be intelligent and not bias (teh last term is very loosely used here). This is just one of those instances when I hate to be part of the media industry.

jeanne
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One word – nakakarumi. It was the epitome of a low-blow. Come on, PDI, you’re supposed to be intelligent and not bias (the last term is very loosely used here). This is just one of those instances when I hate to be part of the media industry.

sacrosanct
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i have stopped reading the Inquirer long ago when they can no longer stand up to their firmer logo which says something like”balanced news, fearless views”.

sacrosanct
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*former

roi
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From this day on, that photo will flash in every Filipinos’ minds whenever Demetrio Vicente’s name is mentioned. PDI should explain how their apology can change that.

Mercury
Guest

A spread of apology can never avert the gratuitous amounts of damage done.

Reminds me of the time when Sen. Miriam Santiago were labeled as “brenda/brain damage” more than a decade ago and still we have to admit that the ill aftertaste of that name calling still lingers on till now.

It seems like they, the yellow media, have been poking fun of the potential threats to their allies and the desecrated images shall be ingrained in the minds of ignorant.

Der Fuhrer
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Here is a good one… It is now an instrument of public policy to make fun of and ridicule defense witnesses testifying for a perceived enemy of the One. The list is getting longer.

Dimasalang
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Philippine Daily Inquirer is MEAN and as abnoy as the President.

Jackstone54
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The Inquirer practices Yellow journalism, in two senses of the term. Rabidly pro=Noynoy and cheaply sensationalist. Foremost among Noynoy’s apologist is erstwhile Cory critic and Marcos propagandist Conrado De Quiros. The Inquirer is a shitty rag. Many poorly written articles, mostly contributions from woeful amateurs. The hatchet job on Corona’s cousin was made to make the poor man look poor (therefore not the buyer of the property) and mentally unstable (which he is not). Sandy Prieto is married to Imelda’s nephew. If one looks at the paper, it has been relatively quiet on Marcos activities. She is a hypocrite guarding… Read more »
cool ass
Guest

what can we expect?…this is Philippines!

Mhar
Guest

Bias! Di dapat tinatangkilik tong dyaryo na to! Walang respeto sa matatanda!

nelson ongpauco
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walang galang sa matanda ang sabi mo HA!HA!HA!yan an g nakukuha ng taong walang kahihiyan na nagpapagamit kay nakawrona …

Mhar
Guest

Dati binabasa ko tong dyaryo na to..bakit nagkaganito..Kung ako ang may-ari ng Inquirer..sibak tong me pakana nito..this is not press freedom anymore..it’s more of an a-hole.

nelson ongpauco
Guest

ang pilipinas ay democratic na bansa maykarapatan sila .kung ayaw mong basahin de huwag hindi kanaman nila pinipilit ..

mommyjo
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Oh. My. God. This paper has really degenerated to its lowest with these photos. And look at all the news items on the front page and feel the revenge for everyone with ties to GMArroyo. If you saw the 6:30 PM news on GMA7 today, Mr Vicente was interviewed inside his property. It is filled with his bonsai collection (he has gotten awards for them), the property is beautiful, with well cared for plants and a modest house that looks peaceful but classy. definitely a well cared for property of the owner who is obviously Mr. Vicente. He should invite… Read more »
nelson ongpauco
Guest

are you related to vicente or corona we dont care about the bonsai …go to vicente house and see if he will give you one bonsai.

mommyjo
Guest

I feel so sick to the stomach with disgust. I will never buy this paper ever again. Not worth it. Not even to wipe dog poop with. CRASS! Anong nangyari sa mga Prieto?

Hyden Toro
Guest

You can see how heartless this Noynoy Aquino is; by subjecting a stroke victim to testify. Just to protect his Hacienda Luisita. If, Noynoy Aquino can order the murders of helpless tenant-serfs in his Hacienda Luisita. He can also subject anybody, no matter how ill they may be to testify.
Noynoy Aquino is an evil and wicked person…we should demand how much he earned, in his two years Presidency…

amboy24
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why not also take pictures of joshua,the mentally retarded nephew of abnoy and published it also in internet and other networking sites.

Tacloban Techie
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Let us not stoop down to their level.

Lord Chimera
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Indeed you are right, but feel free to air your criticism of the king in Yellow and his minions. It’s more fun and least strenuous.

nelson ongpauco
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kayong mga hypocritong mga tao si vicente ang pinag uusapan pero pati joshua idinadamay paninyo may paingles inggles pakayo na sa pinas naman kayo yoU#@#@#@# ING ASS@$#@#@#@LE AKALA ,MO KUNG SINO KAYO MGA PAKLAS LOKAL NAMAN KAYO AKO NANDITO SA AMERICA ….

melvin cabillo
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Ano ginagawa mo dyan sa America??? Tagahugas ng pinggan o tagahugas ng pwet ng mga Kano, o tagadakot ng tae??? Yabang mo taga America…

nelson ungpaw
Guest

isa ka rin yellow minions kasi..! Anung klas kaba magsabi komo nasa america ka lang klas kana ba??
baka taga pulot ka lang ng tae jan..

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