This blog here has been using the word sultan although the news organizations have now started to use the family name instead in their headlines. Technically, you’d put the word sultan in quotes because our laws do not confer royal titles; I have never put them in quotes out of respect for the cultural heritage and tradition which I consider part of our own Philippine heritage and tradition and not just of one region/ ethnicity/ religion, etc.
Pres. PNoy mentioned the inciting-to-war provision of the Revised Penal Code in his statement when he called on the followers of the Sultan to stand down, although in the later news casts, the sound byte was on the Constitution, declaration of principles… Well let me wait for them to file a complaint for inciting to war against the Sultan and his followers — that should be a sight. As to the declaration of principles… anobur; declaration-of-principles na kaso ba iyon… I’ll wait for them to file a case before typin’ up sumthin’ ,
I’ve tried to be more balanced by including more news sites from the regions from North to South – you’d be surprised that I found only two “regional” news organizations on twitter tweeting news daily (i’ve put the word “regional” in quotes because the internet has made it possible for the “community newspapers” to have a worldwide reach thru daily or hourly tweets of the reports if this could be done).
Then, to rend a little the hegemony of the American press (geez, I’ve promised never to use that word “hegemony” – but there it is), I have Moscow Times, Sudan News (it appeared in an earlier edition, the algorithm takes care of the foreign news), the Community to Protect Journalists, Global Voices (citizen journalists), Channel News Asia, Al Jazeera, etc.
In the masthead, it says “What’s Trending”, but a couple of the stories are not “What’s Trending” because there’s an effort to include the underreported regions/ areas/ topics.
Well, I also have vegetarianism, yoga, chi running, a bit of celebrityhood etc etc. – there’s a story there for you! Happy reading!