The Ethics 2nd Media Monitor (Social Media 2) can be posted here.

     Regular Media Monitor: The regular media monitor for the week is a review or evaluation of  Valentine Social Media posts (FB, IG, YT, Twitter, etc) using the social media standards.

  The Bonus post is: An evaluation or review of specific social media posts that came out this week on the right to a free press in view of the challenge to the ABS-CBN franchise. In the evaluation, state how you found the social media post, and use the social media community standards in evaluating the post. (for class members: You may use the post you yourself found and discussed in class).

    Deadlines are every Wednesday at 11:59pm unless otherwise stated. Therefore, the deadline here is on Wednesday Feb. 19, 2020 at 11:59pm.

    Happy Valentines!

15 thoughts on “Ethics 2nd Media Monitor (Social Media 2) Regular: Valentine Social Media. Bonus: Right to a Free Press Social Media Monitor


    Solicitor General Jose Calida claims that the quo warranto has no political agenda, but social media users on Twitter beg to differ. They have been bringing up links of past and present news that shows how the ABS-CBN franchise has conflicted with President Rodrigo Duterte since 2016. Netizens cry out that this is a clear attack on press freedom.

    The following is some news Twitter users have posted on their timelines:

    Duterte to ABS-CBN: Help promote federalism (
    TIMELINE: Duterte against ABS-CBN’s franchise renewal (
    Duterte calls ABS-CBN a ‘thief’ and promises to block the renewal of its license (

    This is good social media practice because it seeks accountability. Real Twitter users have stated facts to explain how the right to a free press is compromised. They did not need to result in profanity, abusive language, hateful speech, and inauthentic behavior.


    On February 10, 2020, Manila Bulletin posted on their Facebook page images of the official statement of ABS-CBN on Office of the Solicitor General’s (OSG) quo warranto petition. The post gained 671 reactions (as of today) with “Haha” being the most used reaction (352 reacts) in the post. In the comments section, most netizens’ comments (with most “Like” reactions) stated that they side with the OSG’s petition to shutdown ABS-CBN. They believe that the said network is biased and unlawful, questioning if ABS-CBN is real “In the service of the Filipino”. In a particular comment, a netizen posted a comic showing the media is a puppet of the Liberal Party with the logos of DZMM Teleradyo,, ABS-CBN News, and Rappler on the side; embedded with hashtags such as #YesToABSCBNshutdown , #Presstitutes , #NoToFakeNews.

    Link to the post:

    Manila Bulletin did their part in providing the news for information and transparency but the netizens’ behavior in the online community is not a good social media practice. They tend to reject the idea of the bigger picture (attack on press freedom) and succumb in culminating hate speech, online bullying, and black PR.


    Chel Diokno tweeted on February 10, 2020, at 10:25pm regarding the filling of the quo warranto against ABSCBN, saying that the government is reusing a favorite move in order to silence critics, like they did previously with CJ Sereno. Diokno also stated that ever since the Court opened the door of the quo warranto before, it released a new weapon against the freedom of our people, and asked who will be next after ABSCBN.

    Link to tweet:

    I think the tweet of Chel Diokno was in tune with good social media standards, because it was a freedom of speech and opinion, and it did relate back to past events, but what was problematic are the replies to the tweet that were blatantly attacking Chel Diokno, one user even telling Diokno to “shutdown himself” because his face had a deadly weapon.
    It is this type of group think in social media posts that are against a certain group’s beliefs that are not in accordance to social media standards and only tend to resort to ad hominem, online bullying, hate speech, and adding nothing to the argument.

  4. 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.”


    I found out about the statement because it was one of the CMC council’s first agenda when the news broke out. I think it was important that the College of Mass Communication Student Council released a statement condemning the petition and challenging the Supreme Court to uphold the freedom of the press. A college where press, media, and communication is the foundation, the statement represents the urgency and the importance of the Filipino to unite and defend press freedom.

  5. The following is the quoted thread by Dingdong Dantes on Twitter. This is the same one I shared in class last meeting.

    “Magkaiba man ng bakod, we are one in the media industry. We have one love for the many talents and crafts under this Network, the products and output of which, directly or indirectly, benefit the lives of millions of Filipinos… Rep. Atienza of @buhayparty_list in his speech yesterday at the Congress, said that: “Inaction will only spell the weakening of the foundations of our democratic system. If Congress will not take action, Rep. Atienza added: “this Congress is really paralyzed with inaction; and we should not be deserving to be called representatives of the people.”… In the end, I pray that the true interests of the people, under the rule of law, will prevail over any other political agenda conveniently veiled as a countermeasure against alleged abuses.”

    This tweet showed up on my Twitter timeline when someone I followed retweeted it. I personally like Dingdong’s statement because he expressed his sentiment not only about his rival media company’s possible shut down, but a sentiment about our government and their biases getting in the way of their fairness. His tweet says much more than a “No”to the ABS-CBN shut down; it is a statement advocating for the free press and for the people in the government to use their voice and power to do good by the people, not by their selfish interests.

    It is worded well and does not use foul language to prove a point. It does not violate any of the social media community standards. As a well known celebrity from the rival network, a statement like this says so much about the fight for a free press. It does not matter whether you are a Kapamilya, Kapuso, or Kapatid, this is a fight for and by all networks, media companies, and audiences.


    When I searched ABSCBN in Twitter, I came across a Tweet that was posted 1:13AM on February 12. The tweet stated “I love AbsCbn shows buuuut… This is still questinable for me. Nasan ang donation around the world?????? I am Not a DDS. I just want to know where are the Yolanda funds. Thats it
    #YesToABSCBNShutDown #YesToShutdownabscbn”. Attached to it were screenshots of an old GMA news interview with Mar Roxas and of a table for the “Top 10 Countries & Organizations Donated for Typhon Yolanda Victims” that was surrounded by profile shots of Liberal Party members from Noynoy Aquino’s presidential term and a title “Where. Is. The. Yolanda. Funds?”

    Link to tweet:

    With just 22 retweets and 44 likes, this post did not go as viral as other issue-related posts, but it still causes a form of disinformation and goes against good social media standards regarding the ABS-CBN Shutdown. The poster is practicing Black PR by connecting two unrelated issues, the ABS-CBN shutdown and the missing funds for Yolanda, and trying to craft an image of ABS-CBN as an abuser and hoarder of funds despite it not having anything to do with collecting relief or donations for the aged issue, nor even being mentioned in the attached screenshots.

  7. 2nd Media Monitor: (BONUS)

    The Organisasyon ng Pilipinong Mang-aawit issued a statement supporting the franchise renewal of ABS-CBN, saying that the network has been a platform for their members and the Filipino music community and the shutdown will “deal a significant blow” to the community.

    Rappler posted an article on it:

    It is brief and concise which is palatable to the majority of social media users. It is also professional (though there are instances of the spacebar being ignored) and uses appropriate language. So far, social media standards have been met.

    I personally find this statement iffy. They say they want due process but turn mute at the thousands of cases of EJKs. They say they want due process but say nothing at the threats on Rappler and the free press. The more I read their statement (and knowing who its members are), the more I find them operating on their own interests and not in the interests of the people. Their support for franchise renewal is appreciated but that is the extent of it.

  8. 2nd Media Monitor: BONUS

    In the sudden burst of the issue regarding the Quo Warranto petition of Solicitor General Jose Calida against ABS-CBN, numerous sentiments circulated around social media. One thing that caught my attention was a trending topic on Twitter that says #NoToABSCBNShutdown. A day after, there was a suspicious outburst of tweets using #YesToABSCBNShutdown. To my disappointment but not to my surprise at all, after thorough verification of the people behind the Tweets, I figured out that the latter went on trend just because of some noisy DDS trolls who were hired to fake public opinion. Personally, I condemn this kind of activity because it violates Twitter’s rules and policies as regards authenticity. It is evidently a form of platform manipulation that intentionally misleads and deceives people.

    While I was scrolling across my feed, I encountered a noteworthy tweet of Superficial Gazette, a commentary and satire Twitter account that highly critiques the current administration, which outlines the difference between the two trending hashtags. The said tweet asserts that #NoToABSCBNShutdown is a reflection of the organic, real sentiments of Filipinos who are against Duterte’s corrupt practices, while #YesToABSCBNShutdown is just fabricated by Duterte fanatics and DDS trolls who are fueled by intel funds. I think this Tweet is a good move because it illuminates people about the difference between the two trending topics. Posts like this reminds us that in a heavily opinionated online sphere such as Twitter where both authentic and false information can be seen and heard, we should be critical enough in order not to be devoured by lies.

    Link to the Tweet:

  9. “In competition, we bring out the best in each other which hopefully benefits the audience we aim to serve. In defending press freedom as one, we are the proverbial rising tide that lifts all boats. Our hearts go out to our colleagues in these challenging times. Laban lang!”

    Noong ika-12 ng Pebrero, nag-tweet si Atom Araullo tungkol sa isyu ng pagpapasara ng ABS-CBN. Nasasaad sa kanyang social media post na sa kabila ng pagiging magkakompetensiya ay iisa pa rin ang layunin ng midya, ang mapagpalaya. Nakita ko ang post na ito sa aking twitter timeline, kahit hindi ko pina-follow si Atom ay lumabas ang kanyang post dahil ni-like ito ng mga taong pina-follow ko. Pasok ito sa guidelines ng Twitter para sa isang post. Liban pa rito ay tama rin ang pagamit ni Atom ng social media dahil maayos ang kanyang moralidad.

  10. Sa kalagitnaan ng pagputok ng issue hinggil sa pagsampa ni Solicitor General Calisa ng quo warranto laban upang ipawalang bisa ang prangkisa ng ABS-CBN, muling ibinahagi ng PhilStar sa kanilang Twitter account ang kanilang artikulo noong nakaraang buwan patungkol sa negosyanteng si Dennis Uy. Hindi man direktang iniugnay ng nasabing pahayagan ang ang negosyante sa kasalukuyang isyu, naipapakita nito ang isang pang anggulo kung saan maaring masuri ang panggigiit na ito sa kompanya. Lumalabas sa pagsusuring ito na maliban sa mga inilahad na mga sinasabing paglabag ng kompanya, may mga iba pang dahilan kung bakit patuloy ang pagnais ng gobyerno na tanggalan ng prangkisa ang ABSCBN.

    Isa itong magandang praktis dahil namumulat nito ang mamamayan hinggil sa iba’t ibang aspeto ng isyung panlipunan kaakibat ang mga tiyak na impormasyon.



    In response to the news of Solicitor General Calida’s filing of a quo warranto against ABS-CBN, Enchong Dee has taken to Instagram to share his thoughts on the issue. In his statement, he expressed his anger and disappointment towards the government for falsely accusing his home network. He tells his followers that “Artists should be the first line of defense of our democracy.” He also reminds everyone to be vigilant in this time of fighting and defending the democracy and constitution of the Philippines.

    With this post, Enchong Dee has shown a good example of social media practice. This is because he used his platform to encourage his many followers to continue the fight for press freedom. Furthermore, despite the many opposing comments in his post (many by Duterte supporters including bots), he has avoided engaging in futile arguments with them. He did not resort to hateful and abusive speech.

    Link to Enchong Dee’s Instagram post:

  12. 2nd Media Monitor: BONUS

    Right after Solicitor General Calida filed the Quo Warranto Petition, UP College of Mass Communication immediately issued a statement. The statement that was posted in Facebook calls to denounce the actions of OSG that violates our right to free press. UP CMC sees this attempt to shutdown ABS-CBN as an action reminiscent of the Media Attacks of the Marcos Administration during the Martial law era. As a university who has been at the forefront of defending press freedom, the college calls everyone to stand up against the attempts of government to silence the media and the press.

    For me, this is a good example of a social media practice. CMC used their media platform as a means to formally communicate and engage its audience for a cause that upholds our democratic freedom. The statement is well-crafted and does not attack any person involved. Rather, it took a formal yet striking manner, showing that the college is firm in its principle to defend press freedom.

    See full statement here:


    In lieu of the quo warranto filed by Solicitor General Jose Calida against ABS-CBN, media and non-media personalities have taken a stand on the issue through their social media accounts. One Facebook post by a Grade 12 media student surprised me. The student posted on his Facebook blog last February 13, 2020 his stand on the issue. His post garnered 227 likes and 110 shares. What is interesting about the post is that he posted a picture of his graduation creative shot, him with slogans going against the shut down of ABS-CBN, and his long post on his stance on the issue saying jobs and press freedom is greatly affected by this issue.

    For a high school student, the post was well articulated. The student did not use any foul languages and did not slander anyone involved in the issue or anyone giving their opinion on the issue. He just simply stated the impact and effect the issue will do to the media industry in the country. Unlike some Facebook users who uses foul words and disrespects the opinion of other people, the student acted mature and well educated. I see that the student did not violate any social media community standards. He simply stated his opinion by emphasizing the gravity of the quo warranto not just to the business side of the entertainment industry but also its impact on press freedom.

  14. A tweet from the official account of Senator Nancy Binay shows support in ABS-CBN’s franchise renewal. She said:

    “It’s not about me. Naiintinidhan ko din naman iyong mga reklamo against ABS CBN but mas mahalaga iyong freedom to information and access to information. Kapag nawala itong ABS-CBN, malaking dagok iyon sa access natin to information. At siyempre iniisip din natin iyong mawawalan ng trabaho. #BeNice.”


    The tweet has 2.2k retweets and 12.5K likes. I found this when I searched for #StandWithABSCBN, there are several people who retweeted the tweet using #StandWithABSCBN and praised her for being sensible. Even though she believes that her family was not treated well and fairly by ABS CBN, she remained unbiased and sensible. She said that the franchise renewal of ABS CBN is not about her. She also mentioned that many media workers may lose their job if the franchise is not renewed and stops its operations.

  15. 2nd Media Monitor: BONUS

    A tweet from the official account of Senator Nancy Binay shows support in ABS-CBN’s franchise renewal. She said:

    “It’s not about me. Naiintinidhan ko din naman iyong mga reklamo against ABS CBN but mas mahalaga iyong freedom to information and access to information. Kapag nawala itong ABS-CBN, malaking dagok iyon sa access natin to information. At siyempre iniisip din natin iyong mawawalan ng trabaho. #BeNice.”


    The tweet has 2.2k retweets and 12.5K likes. I found this when I searched for #StandWithABSCBN, there are several people who retweeted the tweet using #StandWithABSCBN and praised her for being sensible. Even though she believes that her family was not treated well and fairly by ABS CBN, she remained unbiased and sensible. She said that the franchise renewal of ABS CBN is not about her. She also mentioned that many media workers may lose their job if the franchise is not renewed and stops its operations.

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