On Deceptive Media and Photojournalism

During President Rodrigo Duterte’s first State of the Nation Address (SONA) he called out a recent photograph published at the Inquirer showing a slain Michael Siargo, a suspected drug pusher, being held by his partner as if it is being portrayed as Mary carrying the dead cadaver of Jesus Christ. The President called out the […]

Filipino ‘journalists’ have no right to judge Rodrigo Duterte and misconstrue his statements

I think I need to diversify my Following and watch list on Twitter. All I see are a bunch of “journalists” shrieking about the statement of President Rodrigo Duterte regarding his views on “bad” journalists and the fate they supposedly deserve. Did Duterte really justify the killing of bad journalists? Who are we to judge? […]

Revisiting Jim Paredes’s “giving up” on the Philippines and moving to Australia in 2006

Following that whole kerfuffle between singer and die-hard Aquinoist Jim Paredes and Manila Times columnist Rigoberto ‘Bobi’ Tiglao over the question of Paredes’s citizenship, people are now curious about what is it exactly that makes Jim Paredes such a seemingly confused individual. After all, Paredes back in the 1980s already had a United States Green […]

Ph media to blame for lack of awareness and division over issues like the Mary Jane Veloso case

I’ve never heard of the name Mary Jane Veloso until a week before her scheduled execution on the 28th of April 2015. When her name started trending on social media just days before she was supposed to be killed by firing squad, I still had no idea what her ordeal was about. I have to […]

What gets to be ‘news’ in the Philippines

No less than the venerable Inquirer.net is now in the spotlight now that one of its own — the late Melinda ‘Mei’ Magsino — lies dead, a victim of the Philippines’ banal tradition of murdering journalists. It is, indeed, quite ironic that an industry supposedly feared and pandered to by the country’s most powerful oligarchs […]

Will Mei Magsino be put on trial for her own murder?

The killing of former Inquirer corespondent Melinda ‘Mei’ Magsino brings to 26 the number of media personnel killed under the watch of Philippine President Benigno Simeon ‘BS’ Aquino III. Suffice to say, even the mightiest newspaper in the Philippines will likely helplessly watch as justice, yet again, proves elusive; this time to one of their […]

Recall: President BS Aquino was crowned ‘Filipino of the Year’ by the Inquirer in 2010

For old times’ sake, let us revisit how the Inquirer back in 2010 crowned President Benigno Simeon ‘BS’ Aquino III “our Filipino of the Year” after just six months in power. This honour was bestowed on the incumbent Philippine president supposedly for being “the living Filipino who made the most positive impact in 2010”. And, […]

Death in fire of Haiyan victims – mother and her six children – fails to make headline news in Philippines

Indeed, how much a society cares for the least of its members is reflected in the headlines of its biggest media outlets. The Washington Post recently reports… MANILA, Philippines — An overnight fire razed a tent used as a temporary shelter by survivors of Typhoon Haiyan, killing a woman and all six of her children, […]