Law on Mass Media 3rd Exercise “Philosophic Basis for the Guarantee of the Right to a Free Press” (see syllabus) or the underlying principle why the people need a free & functioning news media

Law on Mass Media 3rd Exercise “Philosophic Basis for the Guarantee of the Right to a Free Press” (see syllabus) or the underlying principle why the people need a free and functioning news media             1.Regular Exercise 10 pts: as stated and described in class                          2.OPTIONAL Bonus Exercise for an additional 10 pts: as stated and described in class

    (If submitting both the regular and bonus, class members are advised to separate the two posts for ease of checking and recording and label each as “Regular” or “Bonus”).

      Deadline: Wednesday Feb. 19, 2020 at 5pm.                 Happy Valentines !

33 thoughts on “Law on Mass Media 3rd Exercise “Philosophic Basis for the Guarantee of the Right to a Free Press” (see syllabus) or the underlying principle why the people need a free & functioning news media

  1. Third exercise: “Philosophic Basis for the Guarantee of the Right to a Free Press or the underlying principle why the people need a free and functioning news media”

    Link: https://news.abs-cbn.com/news/10/24/19/up-visayas-chancellor-cheer-participants-were-exercising-freedom-of-speech

    This article is a cover on the UP Visayas Chancellor statement on its cheer participants’ controversial performance in which they metaphorically depict and critic the government. This went viral and caused slur back in October last year. In their 18 minute dance they target social issues such as the West Philippine Sea, SOGIE Bill and etc.

    This is the Chancellor’s retort to all that have gone against the cheer team’s performance: “Because we have armed our students with critical minds to speak, we trust them to fight their battles especially in social media wherever they are located in the social and political spectrum.”

  2. BONUS

    The UP College of Mass Communication Student Council released a statement that condemns Solicitor General Jose Calida’s quo warranto petition urging the Supreme Court to nullify ABS-CBN’s franchise.

    In the statement of UP CMCSC it stated “this is a testament that the de facto Martial Law is indeed in place in our country. We’ve seen that attempts to suppress the freedom of the press are the works of a dictator, as it was during the Marcos era. In its crackdowns, the very state does not recognize its people’s constitutional right to a free press.”

    It is alarming for me, as a student, a citizen, and a probinsyana. We have the right to a free press. It is in the press where I get news internationally and locally. As someone from the province and away from home, it is in the news where I can get updates especially in a natural disaster. During Ondoy, we were watching the news to see if one of our relatives are in the affected areas.

    Link: https://www.facebook.com/updcmcsc/photos/a.604842649590440/3632854390122569/?type=3&theater

  3. BONUS: post statement citing the cowarrant to petition franchise of ABS-CBN & importance of the free press

    Link: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/02/10/world/asia/philippines-abs-cbn-franchise.html

    The article of The New York Times addressing those issue mentions previous incident with Rappler which to was an attack on press freedom. They “address” Duterte of Putinism – where Duterte steals tactics from the latter in attempt to control the freedom of press. But this begs the question for the world’s existing dictators – for who? “safety” of the people or benefit of the government?

    Link 2: https://qz.com/1801361/wuhan-virus-citizen-journalists-fang-bin-chen-qiushi-go-missing/

    In contrast to that said article, I want to refer to the health epidemic regarding China and how the freedom of press serves a role in public safety. In example to this and previous news, there have been attempts of Chinese locals of publicizing their findings; particularly a doctor of Wuhan. However in these attempts (recorded in Dec 2019, before the announcement of the virus) they were brought down and 2 citizens (journalist and attorney have disappeared. They are believed to be “quarantined” by the government as of now. This is alarming not just to their own locals but to the rest of our global citizens. Where it has been kept silent or rather controlled to the governments’ liking and goes against prevention – in terms of public awareness and so forth.

  4. Exercise 3 (REGULAR):
    “LIST: Class suspensions due to Taal Volcano eruption” is a short article published by Inquirer to announce areas with class suspensions during the eruption of Taal Volcano. In this article, threats to health are also included to inform people the health risks that ash fall may cause. In a brief article post by Inquirer, people can quickly read and be informed about the basic information on the eruption which would greatly affect their life. Aside from this news report, GMA published an article entitled “Geologist shares animated video explainers on volcanic hazards” which links Project NOAH’s executive director Dr. Mahar Lagmay in the post. Dr. Lagmay explained volcanic eruptions in his animations and the article explained the health risks. Instead of PHIVOLCS explaining information like this to the public, news networks and an organization director did what was supposedly PHIVOLCS job. I relied more on the two articles because I did not see a timely and informative post on PHIVOLCS.

    Links:
    https://newsinfo.inquirer.net/1211934/list-class-suspensions-due-to-taal-volcano-eruption
    https://www.gmanetwork.com/news/scitech/science/723189/geologist-shares-animated-video-explainers-on-volcanic-hazards/story/

  5. Bonus 3:
    National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP) released a statement on Facebook calling other Filipinos to action, and the Supreme Court to allow ABS-CBN to renew their franchise. A threat to the media is a threat to the people. The move to shut down the media giant is an act of censorship which would primarily benefit the oppressors. It is only proper that we, the people, should be concerned because this freedom is our right.

    Link:

  6. BONUS

    The Consortium on Democracy and Disinformation (D&D) released a statement regarding Solicitor General Jose Calida’s Supreme Court petition against ABS-CBN, describing it as “a parasite that feeds on a weak justice system”. The statement has considered it as an attack on the free press, citing an instance of harassment towards an ABS-CBN reporter as well as other gestures of impunity Calida has exhibited.

    https://www.mindanews.com/statements/2020/02/consortium-on-democracy-and-disinformation-on-quo-warranto-vs-abs-cbn-a-parasite-that-feeds-on-weak-justice-system/

  7. BONUS

    Marie Ann Los Banos, a TV5 news reporter, released a statement on behalf of senate reporters on the ABS-CBN franchise issue saying that “These attempts are an insult to the intelligence of the Filipino people who are constantly bombarded with disinformation that the mainstream media has been trying to fight”. This statement points out how fake news is everywhere and it puts down the capability of Filipinos to know or believe what news is real or not. With the ABS-CBN franchise issue, it will only lessen the reliable source of news in the country, a media that delivers the truth.

  8. 3RD EXERCISE

    “‘Imeldific’: Philippines anger over P50-million SEA Games cauldron”

    This news was released last November 2019 when the SEA games was fast approaching and the cauldron was mentioned that it costs P500-million. Many were mad because the money would have been better “spent on helping the nation’s children and poor”. It was even mentioned that this was “Imeldific” which Inquirer referred to as a “term born of the worst excesses of the reign of dictator Ferdinand Marcos and his wife Imelda” when they stole billions of money from the country. The architect of the cauldron, Bobby Manosa, is also linked to Imelda Marcos as he was the one who builty her “Coconut Palace”.

    SEA games organizing committee chief Alan Cayetano said that the cauldron was for the athletes, which symbolizes the hope and fighting spirit, which is why he believes it was only necessary to spend that much money on it.

    https://sports.inquirer.net/374340/imeldific-philippines-anger-over-p50-million-sea-games-cauldron

  9. REGULAR

    An instance wherein a news media outlet helped me make an informed decision was whether I should use a surgical mask amid the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) threat. After reading several articles such as the ones cited below, I was informed that there is no need to wear a mask unless I am sick, and that there are better ways of protecting myself from the virus. Had I not been informed by the media, I would have gotten myself a mask because I would think that wearing a mask would be helpful against the virus.

    The people need a free and functioning news media for them to make decisions vital to their living. The media also aims to educate and guide people in certain issues. Just like the example above, the media also has the responsibility of protecting the public by ensuring that citizens stay informed during health crises.

    https://www.philstar.com/headlines/2020/02/04/1990315/who-no-benefit-general-public-wear-mask-amid-ncov-scare
    https://www.gmanetwork.com/news/news/nation/724242/who-consultant-on-ncov-healthy-people-do-not-have-to-wear-masks/story/

  10. Regular:

    The time that I heavily relied on turning into Mainstream news was the quagmire in the water interruption of Maynilad. I needed to know the places affected by the scheduled service interruption, and the time slots of service resumptions. With that in mind, I was able to prepare and save extra water during the inconvenience.

    Bonus:

    Via Twitter, Atom Araullo, a former news anchor from ABSCBN, now part of the GMA News Team, has shared his sentiments towards his colleagues in the plight for the freedom of the press. The science behind it is palpable: people need to see media practitioners unite as one regardless of the duopolistic competition of the mainstream media. Here is the link of his sentiment: https://twitter.com/atomaraullo/status/1227501870492471298?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Etweet

  11. https://www.philstar.com/headlines/2019/09/05/1949255/fixers-still-rampant-says-anti-red-tape-body/amp/

    This news about fixers still being rampant today gives me the idea that even up to this very day, people are having a hard time finding jobs. Being a fixer is a notorious job, but it gets you a lot of dirty money. However with this being said, this makes me want to warn people close to me not to involve themselves with fixers because at least somehow, the government has a political will to make transactions faster. In its own little ways it’s nice to know that the government is still making known to the public about the fixers disrupting the clean process of getting documents. At the end of the day, it starts with you on how you’re not going to be part of the corruption. This news article gives a sense of transparency to the public and that is why freedom of speech not only for the public, but for the government is important too.

  12. Regular
    3RD EXERCISE

    https://www.philstar.com/headlines/2019/09/05/1949255/fixers-still-rampant-says-anti-red-tape-body/amp/

    This news about fixers still being rampant today gives me the idea that even up to this very day, people are having a hard time finding jobs. Being a fixer is a notorious job, but it gets you a lot of dirty money. However with this being said, this makes me want to warn people close to me not to involve themselves with fixers because at least somehow, the government has a political will to make transactions faster. In its own little ways it’s nice to know that the government is still making known to the public about the fixers disrupting the clean process of getting documents. At the end of the day, it starts with you on how you’re not going to be part of the corruption. This news article gives a sense of transparency to the public and that is why freedom of speech not only for the public, but for the government is important too.

  13. BONUS

    https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2020/02/duterte-shut-philippines-biggest-tv-station-200210054831529.html

    “In a statement, ABS-CBN said the petition before the court appeared “to be an effort to shut down ABS-CBN to the serious prejudice of millions of Filipinos who rely on the network for news, entertainment and public service.”
    If this shuts down, transparency will fail. Not to mention even the entertainment for Filipinos will die. It’s also those leisure moments that keep people moving or waking up everyday. What more if news about the world that would keep people cautious and aware everyday. It’s important to protect the rights of people in terms of freedom of speech. It has always guided people to the truth and maybe sometimes misguided, but the point in all of this is to keep people aware of what’s happening around.

  14. [REGULAR]

    “A situation where you had to rely on the media”

    In 2018, condiments giant NutriAsia laid off 50 workers for participating in a protest condemning the dismissal of five others who were members of a union.

    In response, the remaining workers went on strike in early June, enduring harassment from state forces since the first day, culminating in a violent dispersal in late July, the event of which was notable enough to garner coverage from not just alternative media but mainstream media as well.

    I first found out about the incident from posts, photos, and videos from fellow students on social media, some who were there on the day itself. Hence, it was disturbing to see mainstream media report the incident from NutriAsia’s side. There was no mention of the injustices that caused the strike in the first place, of police intimidation, of journalists and activists who were detained without reason afterwards.

    I rely on the media to keep myself informed of the affairs of the state, as do most people. And I am aware that the people ascribe a certain degree of credibility upon mainstream media that alternative media unfortunately has not yet attained. This incident opened my eyes to the fact that media is not monolithic in nature and not without bias, and that to see the bigger picture, I cannot merely rely on a single source.

    References:

    N.A. (July 31, 2018.) NutriAsia blames striking workers for violence. ABS CBN News. Retrieved from https://news.abs-cbn.com/news/07/31/18/nutriasia-blames-striking-workers-for-violence

    Olea, Ronalyn. (July 30, 2018.) 19 arrested, scores wounded as cops, guards disperse NutriAsia picketline. Bulatlat. Retrieved from https://www.bulatlat.com/2018/07/30/13-arrested-scores-wounded-cops-guards-disperse-nutriasia-picketline/

  15. [BONUS]

    Why is press freedom important?

    “Stifling press freedom paves the way for a looming dictatorship,” says the Union of Journalists Philippines – UP Diliman.

    During martial law, Ferdinand Marcos seized ownership of the media and with it, control of public opinion. A free press is how the government can be held accountable by its constituents.

    Statement at:

    https://www.facebook.com/ujpupdiliman/posts/2538727719570720?tn=K-R

  16. REGULAR EXERCISE

    This news report by the Philippine Daily Inquirer was helpful to me after the Taal Volcano eruption when everyone was panicking and looking for face masks. PDI reporter Jhesset Enano provided clarity regarding the necessity of using face masks, and environmental scientist Gerry Bagtasa explained that the air pollution following the eruption did not worsen air quality in the Metro – hence the use of masks should not be an immediate concern. This demonstrates the importance of a free press as this allows reporters to get to the truth of every situation and disseminate the information for everybody’s knowledge.

    No need to wear face masks in Metro Manila, says scientist, Report by Jhesset Enano
    https://newsinfo.inquirer.net/1212690/no-need-to-wear-face-masks-in-metro-manila-says-scientist#ixzz6EIHPxer6

  17. BONUS EXERCISE

    “ABS-CBN is a cornerstone of democracy […] for its critical and independent reportage.”

    This was the statement by the Foreign Correspondents Association of the Philippines (FOCAP) released last February 10 denouncing the Philippine government’s moves to shut down ABS-CBN. In their Facebook post, FOCAP declared the quo warranto petition filed by Solicitor General Jose Calida as a move that threatened “a pillar of the media industry that employs thousands of Filipinos.”

  18. EXERCISE NO. 3
    LAW ON MASS MEDIA

    News Event: “Failon Ngayon | Wagas ng Paggapas” (Nov. 09, 2019)

    Unfinished irrigation systems, unused and defective agriculture machineries, revision of the rice tariffication law that results in flooding of imported rice, the state of our farmers. Seemingly an unending problem in our society. Ted Failon uncovers these news and stories to the public.

    Investigative journalism such as Failon Ngayon made me realize how important the right to a free press is. This show not only informed me but as an audience, it made me aware of the situation regarding the current state of the farmers and the rice market in the Philippines. Furthermore, it made me critical about the topic and question the government, who have control over the situation. The right to a free press ensures transparency, as for the press to have access to government documents, for them communicate and disseminate to the audience, including myself which is affected by the situation.

  19. BONUS:

    Link:https://www.facebook.com/DireksGuild/photos/a.10153362835675374/10163019398085374/?type=3&theater

    Tuesday, February 11, 2020. The Directors Guild of the Philippines (DGPI) released a statement on Facebook condemning Solicitor General Calida’s Quo Warranto against ABS-CBN. Calling out the importance of press freedom. Just like cinema, it plays a crucial role for the people, to face and question our social and cultural ills. To shutdown the press is shutting down liberty and democracy. As one of the rights of the people to access information. It is just right that we must be vigilant and critical in this situation. We should hold the line and defend press freedom.

  20. REGULAR EXERCISE NO. 3
    LAW ON MASS MEDIA
    PHILOSOPHICAL BASIS OF THE GUARANTEE OF FREEDOM OF SPEECH

    Freedom of speech is one of the very essential parts of our democratic government, it allows the press to do its job to be one of the standardized public informants which the people need for survival in this ever-growing society. Its primary role is to release the facts, real-time information that does not compromise the essence of legal entities to present data including the status of the government, the security of the different agencies and departments that deal with the welfare of the citizens. It also includes the exposure of the anomalies like graft and corruption and pending cases of the political actors. This is very important for the people to be informed in the socio, economic and political community. Law as the system of rules that bind the people and nation is very important because it gives the jurisdiction to the people and the government the right way of using the freedom of speech and the press, this is stated in the 1987 CONSTITUTION OF THE REPUBLIC OF THE PHILIPPINES – ARTICLE III BILL OF RIGHTS Section 4 which states that ” No law shall be passed abridging the freedom of speech, of expression, or of the press, or the right of the people peaceably to assemble and petition the government for redress of grievances.” This is very clear, it helps people and the state to be protected in deprivation of information, misinformation, and disinformation.

    As a student and a part of the society, the importance of freedom of speech and the free press plays a very role in establishing a well-rounded awakening in our society, it allows me us to be updated on the important news that we need in our society like the weather updates, price updates of the primary goods in the market, private sectors and government status and even update in our favorite celebrities and new films and any other entertainment-related information that the public is interested in. These are the major takeaways of free press that freedom of speech gives us. Humans cannot live without interaction and information make us what we are.

    “Manila Water rotational water supply interruptions to start February 20” | The World Tonight
    Link: https://youtu.be/E2bZX4N-Vx4

    In this news, the Maynilad had an announcement to the public that there will be a rotational water interruption starting on February 20, 2020 (Thursday) from 12 MN to 4 AM. 67% or 974,000 service connections will be affected by this. In connection to this, the water company says that they are also preparing for the procurement on the modular water treatment plants in Cavite that cost at an estimated price of 400 million pesos. The first unit of the modular treatment facility can produce 13 million liters per day while the second unit can produce 14 million liters per day. Based on the statement of Dr. Sevillo David Jr. (Executive Director of National Water Resources Board) there will be enough water supply until June this year.

    We can conclude how media can be able to help and make it easier for us to provide important information that we need in our daily lives, this report as part of the process enables us to be aware of what will be our necessary actions during the rotational water interruption. We can be able to prepare and share this useful information with others as well.

    Reference:
    ANC 24/7. (2020, Feb. 18). Manila Water rotational water supply interruptions to start February 20 [Video File]. Retrieved from: https://youtu.be/E2bZX4N-Vx4

  21. BONUS EXERCISE NO. 3
    LAW ON MASS MEDIA
    PHILOSOPHICAL BASIS OF THE GUARANTEE OF FREEDOM OF SPEECH (IN CONNECTION TO THE ABS-CBN’S FRANCHISE ISSUE)

    “You mess with one, you mess with all. That’s how protection of press freedom works. You don’t need to wait until all are harassed and intimidated,” University of the Philippines journalism professor Danilo Arao stated on his interview in the ANC’s Early last February 16, 2020. The issue of the franchise renewal of one of the largest newsrooms in the country became alarming ever since the news arises. Professor Arao stated that the petition of quo warranto of Solicitor General Jose Calida and the executive branch has always been connected by the rights of the press freedom. In addition to that, Arao stated that ABS-CBN’s issue is not an isolated case, he cited the past years wherein the government and the president itself is involved in harassment of the media company: Philippine Daily Inquirer, VERA Files, Rappler, ABS-CBN, and the Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism, according to PDI columnist John Nery.

    “There’s a pattern of harassment and the pattern is set by the President himself. As far as ABS-CBN is concerned, he has been on the record many times as saying he wants it shut down,” Nery added in the conversation.

    Upon analyzing the brief forum, we can see the different viewpoints stated by these people are all leading to one vital part of exercising our rights and that is acknowledging and fighting for the freedom of speech. If the ABS-CBN did not follow any legal procedures, it should be settled in the legislative branch without compromising it’s right to operate. I agree with Professor Arao when he stated that it is idiotic to say that shutting down is the best solution for its case. Not being biased but the idea of shutting down this media company has a large effect in our society-in media field regardless of how prominent or small it is. Another point that I agreed on Prof. Arao’s statement that this kind of opposing movement of the people towards the issue of shutting claims a protest for the rights of the media men and its essence not just in the Philippines but across the world as well. He even mentioned the sympathy of other nation’s unions and organizations reaching out to their support for the journalists and media companies in the country including the US-Based committees that protect journalists and French-based Committee on Frontiers in this issue of this large media company shut down.

    Reference:
    ANC Early Edition. (2020,Feb.16). ‘You mess with one, you mess with all’: Gov’t has pattern of harassing media, journalists says [Video file] Retrieved from: https://youtu.be/Brof98T2T8Q

  22. BONUS EXERCISE NO. 3
    LAW ON MASS MEDIA
    PHILOSOPHICAL BASIS OF THE GUARANTEE OF FREEDOM OF SPEECH (IN CONNECTION TO THE ABS-CBN’S FRANCHISE ISSUE)

    “You mess with one, you mess with all. That’s how protection of press freedom works. You don’t need to wait until all are harassed and intimidated,” University of the Philippines journalism professor Danilo Arao stated on his interview in the ANC’s Early last February 16, 2020. The issue of the franchise renewal of one of the largest newsrooms in the country became alarming ever since the news arises. Professor Arao stated that the petition of quo warranto of Solicitor General Jose Calida and the executive branch has always been connected by the rights of the press freedom. In addition to that, Arao stated that ABS-CBN’s issue is not an isolated case, he cited the past years wherein the government and the president himself is involved in harassment of the media company: Philippine Daily Inquirer, VERA Files, Rappler, ABS-CBN, and the Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism, according to PDI columnist John Nery.

    “There’s a pattern of harassment and the pattern is set by the President himself. As far as ABS-CBN is concerned, he has been on the record many times as saying he wants it shut down,” Nery added in the conversation.

    Upon analyzing the brief forum, we can see the different viewpoints stated by these people are all leading to one vital part of exercising our rights and that is acknowledging and fighting for the freedom of speech. If the ABS-CBN did not follow any legal procedures, it should be settled in the legislative branch without compromising it’s right to operate. I agree with Professor Arao when he stated that it is idiotic to say that shutting down is the best solution for its case. Not being biased but the idea of shutting down this media company has a large effect in our society-in media field regardless of how prominent or small it is. Another point that I agreed on Prof. Arao’s statement that this kind of opposing movement of the people towards the issue of shutting claims a protest for the rights of the media men and its essence not just in the Philippines but across the world as well. He even mentioned the sympathy of other nation’s unions and organizations reaching out to their support for the journalists and media companies in the country including the US-Based committees that protect journalists and French-based Committee on Frontiers in this issue of this large media company shut down.

    Reference:
    ANC Early Edition. (2020,Feb.16). ‘You mess with one, you mess with all’: Gov’t has pattern of harassing media, journalists says [Video file] Retrieved from: https://youtu.be/Brof98T2T8Q

  23. 3RD EXERCISE

    I was able to rely on the media to report on the status of the African Swine Flu (ASF) outbreak to guide my health and food consumption. In particular, the news coverage on Mekeni products (skinless longganisa and hotdog) testing positive for ASF helped me make an informed decision to opt against buying or eating these foods for my own safety.

    ABS-CBN News. (2019, November 4). Select Mekeni products tested positive for African swine fever: officials. Retrieved from https://news.abs-cbn.com/business/11/04/19/select-mekeni-products-tested-positive-for-african-swine-fever-officials

  24. BONUS

    The College Editors Guild of the Philippines condemned Solicitor General Jose Calida’s quo warranto petition before the Supreme Court for the forfeiture of ABS-CBN’s legislative franchise in a statement saying, “While killing thousands of Filipinos under his repressive policies, Duterte, along with Calida and other humbug supporters and crass blind propaganda antics, ultimately proved that they want to fully silence the freedom of the press.”

    Before this, campus journalists from the CEGP also released a unity statement demanding Congress to immediately renew the franchise of ABS-CBN, adding “President Rodrigo Duterte’s threats to ABS-CBN unmask a conniving plot against the network that if left unchecked can cascade to allied media networks and to the most vulnerable alternative, community, and campus press.”

    College Editors Guild of the Philippines. (2020, February 10). CEGP condemns Calida’s shameless move against ABS-CBN; vows to defend press freedom. Retrieved from https://medium.com/@cegphils/cegp-condemns-calidas-shameless-move-against-abs-cbn-vows-to-defend-press-freedom-a0977216399

    College Editors Guild of the Philippines. (2020, January 31). NO TO ABS-CBN SHUTDOWN! DEFEND PRESS FREEDOM! Retrieved from https://www.facebook.com/CEGPNationalOffice/photos/pcb.10156569352400458/10156569351020458/?type=3&theater

  25. REGULAR EXERCISE 3

    Last year (2019), a series of earthquakes struck the Philippines. One of the stronger ones occurred in Cotabato and I only knew of it because of the news. Although Cotabato is far from Cagayan de Oro, I still feared that my family was unsafe. It was the news from different outlets that assured me they would be alright (as well as calling them but they didn’t answer immediately so I was a mess).

    The press gives us as much updates as they can so we may sleep soundly or that we may be informed of the calamities we face. It is pertinent that we protect it for the sake of the people.

    Example of a news outlet report regarding the earthquake: https://www.rappler.com/entertainment/news/251623-organisasyon-pilipinong-mangaawit-support-abs-cbn-battle-calida-petition?utm_medium=Social&utm_source=Twitter#Echobox=1581569764

  26. Regular:

    The time that I heavily relied on turning into Mainstream news was the quagmire in the water interruption of Maynilad. I needed to know the places affected by the scheduled service interruption, and the time slots of service resumptions. With that in mind, I was able to prepare and save extra water during the inconvenience.

    Bonus:

    Via Twitter, Atom Araullo, a former news anchor from ABSCBN, now part of the GMA News Team, has shared his sentiments towards his colleagues in the plight for the freedom of the press. The science behind it is palpable: people need to see media practitioners unite as one regardless of the duopolistic competition of the mainstream media. Here is the link of his sentiment: https://twitter.com/atomaraullo/status/1227501870492471298?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Etweet

  27. BONUS:

    “Business groups call for ABS-CBN franchise renewal”

    In the article it is stated that The Makati Business Club, Institute of Corporate Directors, Institute for Solidarity in Asia, and Management Association of the Philippines were asking for balanced, fair, and timely consideration with regards to keeping ABS-CBN on the air. They also noted of the issues of media freedom and free enterprise which will help the welfare and economy of our people.

    https://www.rappler.com/business/252102-groups-call-for-abs-cbn-franchise-renewal

  28. BONUS:

    https://www.philstar.com/happens/819

    This news article contained multiple statments of different parties regarding abs – cbn as well as a timeline that continually updates.

    “The Office of the Solicitor General asks the Supreme Court to issue a gag order against ABS-CBN Corp. and ABS-CBN Convergence in relation to the quo warranto petition filed against the broadcast giant.”

    One of the more recent updates informs us about a gag order that aims to stop abs-cbn from creating media about their case, however this looks more and more like suppression of freedom of speech.

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