5th Media Monitor 1st class here (5th bonus on stereotyping) 

    The 5th media monitor of the first class can be posted here. Bonuses not yet posted can be submitted provided only one post per week would be credited.

      The 5th Bonus is on media content (online, print, television, radio, etc.) that illustrate the following principles / standards: “Avoid stereotyping” by gender (good practice, violation, or dilemma);  or “Avoid discrimination. A person’s gender shall not be used in a way that would embarrass, denigrate, or ridicule him/ her”; or “Do not in any manner ridicule, cast aspersions on, or degrade any person by reason of gender”; or “Avoid at all times language, photographs, visuals and graphics that are sexist, insensitive and disrespectful of men, women and children”. Please specify what provision of what code is involved.

      The deadline of the 5th media monitor is on Tuesday, March 14. 


      Happy International Women’s Month! 

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    Link of article: http://news.abs-cbn.com/news/03/11/17/cebu-maid-ditches-broom-for-pma-to-graduate-sunday

    The article titled “Cebu maid ditches broom for PMA, to graduate Sunday” talks about the difficulties Meriam Libongcogon faced i.e., working as a housemaid for 5 years just so she can finish her studies. She is facing a new life as she just recently graduated as as a 2nd lieutenant in the Philippine Navy, after graduating from the Philippine Military Academy (PMA). She makes it through a male-dominated profession and that I think is worth noting for. Nothing in the article also makes use of her gender to denigrate her or any of her achievements.

    Hence, this is a good practice of the provision under the Philippine Press Institute Code of Ethics saying “DO NOT IN ANY MANNER RIDICULE, CAST ASPERSIONS ON, OR DEGRADE ANY PERSON BY REASON OF GENDER”. Also, with the provision under the Kapisanan ng mga Brodkaster ng Pilipinas Code of Ethics which states “AVOID DISCRIMINATION. A PERSON’S GENDER SHALL NOT BE USED IN A WAY THAT WOULD EMBARRASS, DENIGRATE, OR RIDICULE HIM/ HER” As a matter of fact, gender here was no issue and the woman was actually praised for her perseverance and alacrity to succeed in life.


  2. [5TH BONUS]


    This news is about former Antique Governor Salvacion Perez who was involved in a fertilize fund scam. The news is a good practice of the KBP Code of Ethics on Discrimination that states : A person’s race, religion, color, ethnicity, gender, and physical or mental disability shall not be used in a way that would embarrass, denigrate, or ridicule him/her. The news article fairly told her story without hinting on discrimination about her gender.



    ARTICLE LINK: http://news.abs-cbn.com/focus/03/07/17/how-a-woman-overcame-poverty-to-finish-top-8-in-pma

    This article is entitled “How a woman overcame poverty to finish top 8 in PMA” and is written by Pia Regalado for ABS-CBN News. It tells the life story of Joyzy Funchica, which eventually lead to her to place eighth in the merit roll in PMA. Her reaction to this was also highlighted in the article. Additionally, the writer decided to emphasize how gender equality plays a role in the PMA, such as women being able to enter the Philippine Air Force Flying School.

    This is a good practice of the “AVOID DISCRIMINATION. A PERSON’S GENDER SHALL NOT BE USED IN A WAY THAT WOULD EMBARRASS, DENIGRATE, OR RIDICULE HIM/ HER” provision under the KBP because women in the military, primarily Funchica, were highlighted for their accomplishments as opposed to being seen as a “novelty”. There was also no discrimination against their being women in what is traditionally seen as a man’s job. In fact, I would even say that it is an inspiring article for women. It showed how gender is slowly becoming a non-issue in terms of women’s success in the Philippine military.

    However, I would like to point out that the last paragraph, including the sentence “Sixty-three women, including the class valedictorian, will graduate in President Rodrigo Duterte’s first PMA graduation ceremony as the commander-in-chief[,]” was a little off-putting because there is an assumption that Duterte had contributed a lot to their success, which makes it a dilemma of said provision.


  4. [5th BONUS]


    This article is about TESDA head General Guiling Mamondiong, saying that women who go abroad are prone to abuse and slavery, and should be prohibited to work abroad. It also presented the side of Gabriela Representative, Joms Salvador, that women won’t be empowered as long as there is a “feudal-patriarchal” view on women. Although the topic is about TESDA head’s discrimination of women as weak and as commodities, the article reported it in a way that is not discriminatory to women, and followed SPJ’s provision “Do not in any manner ridicule, cast aspersions on, or degrade any person by reason of gender.”




    This article by the Inquirer discusses an incident where senatorial bet Sandra Cam, “blew her top” after she allegedly was not treated with the VIP treatment she was expecting.

    At the end of the article it states that the Inquirer team tried to acquire Cam’s response to the issue but she was not responding.

    This follows good practice of a specific clause under the SPJ Code of Ethics, under the Seek Truth and Report It, “Diligently seek subjects of news coverage to allow them to respond to criticism or allegations of wrongdoing.”


  6. [5th BONUS]


    This article reports on Defense Chief Lorenzana’s recent statement on his desire to have more men than women on combat duty in Mindanao.While the statement itself is very much discriminatory against women, the article does a good job highlighting the capabilities of women in the PMA, especially with the 2017 class.

    The second paragraph details how 8 out of the 10 top candidates of the graduating class were women, and how 63 of 167 members of the class were women. I believe this is a good example of the KBP’s provision of “AVOID DISCRIMINATION. A PERSON’S GENDER SHALL NOT BE USED IN A WAY THAT WOULD EMBARRASS, DENIGRATE, OR RIDICULE HIM/ HER” as they did not treat these accomplishments of womens as an anomaly (as the defense chief did), but rather as a natural fact to report.


  7. [5th Bonus on stereotyping]


    This article from Rappler is a good practice of one of the provisions of the KBP Code of Ethics on Discrimination (Article 22) that states: A person’s race, religion, color, ethnicity, gender, and physical or mental disability shall not be used in a way that would embarrass, denigrate, or ridicule him.

    The article is about how the LGBT Advocates have sponsored the SOGIE Act for the 2nd reading before the plenary. The article gave context about the anti-discrimination bill that was being proposed by the advocates. Also, the article highlighted the response of the Representatives Emmeline Aglipay-Villar, Kaka Bag-ao, and Geraldine Roman by including some excerpts of their sponsorship speeches in the article. The article sustained a neutral tone that didn’t denigrate or ridicule the representatives or the LGBT community.



    This article was posted on March 7, 2017 at 12 AM focuses on a woman that topped the Philippine Military Academy.

    In the article, the emphasis was on how a woman can be treated equally like men. The article states that there are a lot of women passers in the PMA and stated the notable women passes, emphasising the unspoken appreciation for women in the military.

    I think this is a good practice of writing articles as the article focused on breaking stereotypes and gender discrimination; a good practice on the provision: A person’s race, religion, color, ethnicity, gender, and physical or mental disability shall not be used in a way that would embarrass, denigrate, or ridicule him; but instead commended the gender of women.


  9. [5th Media Monitor]

    During the Saturday airing of 24 oras last March 11, they were reporting about a whale who was seen dead by the beach by some locales. When they showed the photo of the hurt animal, it was covered with blood and it was apparent that the whale was injured and was bathing with its own blood. According to the SPJ code of ethics, journalists should show compassion for those who may be affected adversely by news coverage.Given that there were no warnings on what they would show, it might offend some people who advocate animal rights. It would have been better if they gave warnings beforehand, or if the photos shown were filtered to being black and white instead.



    CNN Philippines poste an article regarding the investigation of CHR (Commission on Human Rights) on the controversial drug raid where inmates of Cebu provincial jail were asked to strip naked. For the SPJ Code of Ethics, CNN did a good job on airing both sides of the story “Support the open and civil exchange of views, even views they find repugnant”. This is where they asked PDEA Head Yogi Ruiz who spearheaded the drug raid operation in the provincial jail. CNN also asked the opinion of human rights groups such as Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch who believed that this method is unnecessary. CNN Philippines also withhold the SPJ code of ethics where it “Identify sources clearly. The public is entitled to as much information as possible to judge the reliability and motivations of sources.” For this article, the photos of inmates who were naked were obtained from PDEA-7 given to local reporters. As mentioned before, PDEA – 7 were the police behind the drug raid operation.



  11. http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/880431/rumors-within-the-comelec

    It was clearly stated in the title of the article that the writer’s sources for it are just rumors. Reading the article, it was valid because the news details are presented based on rumors and personal experiences and hearsays, according to the writer. However, the classification of this story is put on the headline. But, upon reading even from the first few sentences, it is very obvious that this is a commentary of news writer.

    Therefore, the article violates one of the provision of the KBP Code of Ethics under Section 3: FAIRNESS AND OBJECTIVITY – “When presented as part of a news program,editorials or commentaries must be identified as such and presented as distinct from news reports.”

    White Ramon Tulfo, the writer of the news story, is known for giving comments on several issues, it is still the responsibility of Inquirer to maintain clear distinction between news and commentaries.


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