Preview of Part Three of “The Real Enemies and Traitors of the Fourth Estate”

Before I post Part Three of “The Real Enemies and Traitors of the Fourth Estate”, I believe I have to explain where I am coming from and why I am writing these series of exposes. When I was still an active journalist and working in the newsroom of RPN9 a lifetime ago, I took part […]

On The Real Enemies and Traitors Of The Fourth Estate (Part Two: Syndicates)

Yesterday I wrote about Hataw columnist Mat Vicencio and took issue over his deafening silence when it comes to even just mentioning the name of the suspected mastermind of Bislig radio broadcaster Christopher Lozada. Friends noted that while Vicencio ran a series of columns criticizing then viciously attacking Presidential Task Force on Media Security Executive […]

On The Real Enemies and Traitors of the Fourth Estate

(Disclaimer: While I am no longer part of the Presidential Task Force on Media Security or PTFoMS, I continue to support its mandate under President Duterte’s Administrative Order 1 which is to protect journalists from harassment, threats, and violence.) Friends from the larger circle of people I go around in tipped me off that a […]

Filipinos Are Freer Under Duterte

In the days after the declaration of Martial Law, merely criticizing former President Ferdinand Marcos could get one picked up and there are claims that many of those picked up simply disappeared. Fear of speaking against Marcos back then was such that a friend’s mother (a college professor at a state university) buried several books […]

The Misleading Headlines of GMA7’s and News5’s “Gov’t Keyboard Army” Story

The news websites of GMA7 and News5 published articles with the misleading claim that Washington based NGO Freedom House had published a report where it said that the Duterte Administration was employing “keyboard armies”. But no where in the Freedom House report titled “Freedom on the Net 2017″¬†was it specifically and clearly stated that the […]

President Duterte Should Appoint ThinkingPinoy RJ Nieto as his Communications Secretary

After seeing him and his fan on GRP repeatedly brag about the size of their social media reach and engagement, it’s high time for President Rodrigo Duterte to seriously consider replacing Martin Andanar with RJ Nieto. What would make Nieto think he is better than Andanar? Apart from his social media influence, he insinuates that […]

Senate Passes Gordon Sotto Bill Postponing Barangay Elections

Proving himself to be a critical but fair and independent ally of the Duterte Administration, Senator Richard Gordon successfully shepherded the passage of Senate Bill (SB) 1584 which postpones the barangay and SK elections to October 2018. Unlike the other version of the bill which grants President Rodrigo Duterte the power to appoint barangay officials, […]