Archive for the ‘Media’ Category

Despite corporate questions, Rappler case still a press freedom issue

Despite Malacañang’s denial, there is no doubt that the decision of the Securities and Exchange Commission to revoke Rappler’s registration as a media entity is a press freedom issue. The SEC arguments seem solid for a non-lawyer like me but I wonder, had Rappler been supportive of Duterte, would the Office of the Solicitor General […]

January 16, 2018  Tags: ,   Posted in: Media  3 Comments

Sir Jake

At Malaya’s Christmas party last Dec. 14, Sir Jake’s eyes lighted up while telling me that the Batuan fruit tree that I gave him many years ago that he planted in his farm in Lipa has been bearing fruit nonstop. He complained, however, that he can’t seem to grow seedlings from the fruits and asked […]

January 7, 2018  Tags: ,   Posted in: Media  No Comments

UN official to governments: ‘Avoid spreading Fake News’

David Kaye, United Nations Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Opinion and Expression, in his video message to participants of the conference on Fake News and Freedom of Expression organized by Advocates for Freedom of Expression Coalition-Southeast Asia in Makati recently called on government officials to avoid spreading fake news. That was one of the eight […]

November 29, 2017  Tags: , ,   Posted in: Media  No Comments

SEA lawyers groups call on Senate not to pass Villanueva bill on fake news

The concern about Fake news has created another concern: in the urgent desire to solve the problem of fake news, we might end up with a cure that is worse than the disease. Fake News has been blamed for political upsets like the decision of the United Kingdom to leave the European Union and the […]

November 23, 2017  Tags: , ,   Posted in: Media, Senate, Vera Files  No Comments

Malacañang podium suits Roque’s senatorial plans

It has not been a week since lawyer Harry Roque started speaking for President Duterte and he has effectively taken the heat off the President. The last meeting of the President with media was upon his arrival from Japan last Oct. 31 where he was asked about his reaction to the statement of imprisoned senator […]

November 6, 2017  Tags:   Posted in: Media  2 Comments

Harry Roque as Duterte spokesman?

President Duterte last Sunday at the Masskara Festival in Bacolod City endorsed Kabayan Partylist Representative Harry Roque for senator in the 2019 senatorial elections. At the start of his speech, he introduced Roque to the Negrenses by asking him to stand up: “ ‘Ti nga kandidato ko ni pagka-Senador, kadtong ngari ko ga…subong ga kampanya […]

October 24, 2017  Tags:   Posted in: Governance, Media  One Comment

Former Solgen proposes an Institute for the Integrity of Information

I came out of the hearing by the Committee on Public Information and Mass Media on Fake News chaired by Sen. Grace Poe Wednesday stunned by the arrogance of persons hired by the government to handle social media. The hearing could have been moderate3d much better but the best thing from that proceedings was the […]

October 7, 2017  Tags:   Posted in: Media  8 Comments

Who the Filipinos trust most

Filipinos’ trust in the government dramatically increased in the past two years as church and media, two institutions often lambasted by President Duterte, continued to be regarded highly by the public. These were part of the findings of the survey conducted by the EON Group from March to April 2017 on the levels and drivers […]

August 30, 2017  Tags:   Posted in: Governance, Media  2 Comments

Trump has a lot to learn from Duterte on taming media

Oftentimes, when we read or watch on TV news about what’s happening in Donald Trump’s United States of America, you can easily find similarities in the Philippines. It’s because Trump and the Philippine’s Rodrigo Duterte have many things in common: their contempt for the rule of law, their low regard of women, and their antagonism […]

July 24, 2017  Tags: , , ,   Posted in: Media  2 Comments

Bringing stupidity to another level

Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre probably thought the public would buy his tale linking opposition lawmakers to the Maute terror group which is one of the reasons for the current turmoil in Marawi City. It only affirmed his stupidity. As social media commenter Joel Vivas tweeted, “Kakaibang level.”

June 8, 2017  Tags: , ,   Posted in: Justice, Media, Terrorism  8 Comments