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4th February 2016
Of Polls and "Horse Race": Making Media Coverage Count
Posted by Jani Arnaiz, Chief Editor on February 4, 2016, 6:58 am

Media coverage of elections, which often treats these political exercises as though these were mere sporting events pitting opponents eyeing a highly coveted prize, does not push the boundaries of acceptable public discourse.

But as is often the case in the Philippines, or other parts of the world, such a scenario easily comes into view once the campaign season, officially or otherwise, gets underway.

Amid an intensifying political season, mudslinging among candidates and political parties easily forms part of the prevailing campaign narrative, made worse by ‘horse race journalism’. That is, media’s preoccupation with who’s winning and losing in the latest opinion polls and stoking the fires of a rather flawed, and admittedly rousing, narrative.

The Philippine Press Institute (PPI), also known as the national association of newspapers, alongside other concerned sectors of society, believes the media must rise to the challenge of helping bring about an enlightened public discussion, in this season no less. This, by taking the proverbial spotlight away from the political sleaze and scandals that trivialize an otherwise important national political undertaking toward more substantive issues, including the candidates’ political platforms, 
track records, and positions on a host of issues, especially as these relate to specific sectors of society.

In the next three weeks, PPI, the country’s national association of newspapers, will embark on a series of seminar-workshops aimed at enabling its member publications across the country to gain a better understanding of how public opinion surveys are conducted — and
how best to report them.

PPI, through partnership with the Marketing and Opinion Research Society of the Philippines (MORES), and funding from Nickel Asia Corporation, aims to help ensure that its member newspapers will be able to provide an election coverage that has meaning and value to the
Filipino public through stories that speak to their collective needs and aspirations.

Dubbed “Opinion Polls and Elections: Making Media Coverage Count,” PPI’s three-day seminar-worskshops will kick off on February 10 in Baguio City for participants from member newspapers in Luzon. Similar undertakings for those in Visayas and Mindanao are slated for February 17-19 in Iloilo City and February 24-26 in Cagayan de Oro City.

The seminars will include lectures by MORES on opinions polls as these relate to democracy, what media must look for when reporting about surveys, and tracking surveys beyond elections in relation to broader public interest issues.

Still another highlight of this PPI undertaking is a presentation by Gang Badoy Capati, founder and executive director of Rock Ed Philippines, on political metrics — otherwise dubbed polimetrics — an online, data-driven scorecard for public officials.

Other resource speakers are Rachel E. Khan, associate professor at the College of Mass Communication, University of the Philippines - Diliman, who will tackle ethical issues and challenges confronting the media during elections; and Tess Bacalla, PPI training director, who will talk about unreported and under-reported stories revolving around elections.

A scholastic forum, similarly themed around public polls and elections, for communication and journalism students and educators will follow in a separate venue after the conclusion of each media seminar-
workshop. The first of a series for NCR will be conducted on February 9 at the Polytechnic University of the Philippines (PUP) in cooperation with the Philippines Communication Society and said university.

“Through these workshops, we hope to contribute to raising public discourse on many important and relevant issues before and after elections,” said PPI executive director Ariel Sebellino.


25th January 2016
MOST IMPORTANT QUESTION
Posted by Jani Arnaiz, Chief Editor on January 25, 2016, 8:31 pm

Who will be liable for Mamasapano? 

Will the whole story about the ill-fated Mamasapano operation ever be told?

This question surfaced after government officials on different sides of the political spectrum sent mixed signals in relation to a new probe sought by Sen. Juan Ponce Enrile.

It has been a year after the bungled operation that resulted in the death of 44 SAF policemen sent deep into Tucanalipao, Maguindanao to serve a warrant on Malaysian terrorist Marwan but no one has been held liable for the carnage.

The Palace immediately downplayed Enrile’s call for a new probe saying there was “nothing new” to find out.

Enrile, however, insisted that all evidence - including wiretapped conversation - that could shed light on the bloody Mamasapano clash should be presented during the reopening of the Senate investigation on Wednesday.

“Any information that is pertinent, material and relevant to be heard by the nation must be put on the table. No excuses,” Enrile said.

Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte supported the new probe saying, “let Enrile unravel the truth”.

Duterte said he is willing to tell what he knows based on what he heard during the meeting that transpired on the same day in Zamboanga City.

The popular presidential candidate was in Zamboanga the same day for a federalism forum, the second after the launching in Butuan City.

He had to cut short his speech at the packed Grand Astoria Hotel after he was invited to join Pres. Benigno Aquino III and then Interior Secretary Mar Roxas inside the Edwin Andrews Air Base.

“We have to arrive at the truth because, until now, all the results of those investigations are convoluted,” the mayor added.

Enrile initially appeared less inclined to invite Duterte and retired Chief Supt. Diosdado Valeroso saying anyone who claims to have knowledge on the Mamasapano incident should voluntarily appear and “should not wait to be subpoenaed”.

It is doubtful though if Duterte would do that without any invitation or subpoena. 

Sen. Aquilino Pimentel III, an ally of Duterte, said he will ask Sen. Grace Poe to invite the mayor that could pave the way for the mayor’s Senate appearance.

Duterte knows what to expect from Aquino’s allies on the probe.

“Kung ang mga pulitiko sa adminstration would talk about it, would defend it, then you cannot get the truth because you have a one-channel there,” he pointed out.

One year after the carnage, no one has been made accountable for it much less brought to court over it.

It’s about time the questions are answered so those responsible can face the music.

Only then can the victims - and the nation - talk about moving on. (CHITO A. FUENTES)

 


23rd January 2016
Mar Roxas in Maasin
Posted by Jani Arnaiz, Chief Editor on January 23, 2016, 10:14 am

3ndUPDATE

MAASIN CITY – Liberal Party standard bearer Mar Roxas made the rounds in the public market after a brief radio interview and shakes hands with vendors and marketers coinciding with the city’s market day every Saturday.

Roxas stopped briefly at a makeshift carenderia and join people who had taken their breakfast of tinola. He was joined by Gov. Roger Mercado and Rep. Damian Mercado.

At the gym, former DILG secretary, was met by a sea of yellow mostly city employees, barangay officials of 70 villages in the city and all the mayors of the 18 municipalities and a city.

He even jumped in a fence separating the bleachers to be with the people for photo ops and selfies. The sortie at 6,000 capacity gym ran almost 30 minutes.

In a speech, he thanked profusely the audience for the warm welcome.

Earlier in an exclusive radio interview over catholic run station DYDM, LP standard bearer Mar Roxas promised P500 million a year in BUB (bottoms up budgeting) for the province of Southern leyte and assured that there no need for the officials to go to Manila. “We will bring the BUB budget directly to Southern Leyte.”

During a brief media briefing Friday afternoon, local media members were told to write their questions for the brief press conference at the Congressional district office early on Saturday but at the last minute mediamen were barred from entering the venue.

On the long overview Maasin airport, he said that should he wins, Pres. Mar would already be landing at the new airport.

But he did not mention any amount to finish the airport.

On Friday afternoon, LP standard bearer arrived at dusk Friday from

Tacloban city and stayed overnight at Mercado owned Villa Romana hotel. He was met by local officials.

The scheduled press conference at 6:30 a.m. Saturday was cancelled, his media coordinators informed the Philippine Information Agency. There will also be no ambush interview.

Roxas will be at the public market 7:30 a.m. and will proceed to the city gym to explain his platform with his supporters from the city where, his bitter rival Davao City mayor Rodrigo Duterte was born and attended first grade at Laboon Elementary school.

He will then proceed to the Guadalupe village to inaugurate the alternate port, where DOTC funded for P60 million during his time as the secretary of the transportation and communication. Then to ongoing expansion construction of the city’s airport before proceeding to Ilo-ilo for the Dinagyang festival.

 

 


Roxas promised P500M in BUB
Posted by Jani Arnaiz, Chief Editor on January 23, 2016, 7:41 am

By Jani Arnaiz

In an exclusive radio interview over catholic run station DYDM, LP standard bearer Mar Roxas promised P500 million a year in BUB (bottoms up budgeting) for the province of Southern leyte and assured that there no need for the officials to go to Manila. “We will bring the BUB budget directly to Southern Leyte.”

During a brief media briefing Friday afternoon, local media members were told to write their questions for the brief press conference at the Congressional district office early on Saturday but at the last minute mediamen were barred from entering the venue.

On the long overview Maasin airport, he said that should he wins, Pres. Mar would already be landing at the new airport.

But he did not mention any amount to finish the airport.

On Friday afternoon, LP standard bearer arrived at dusk Friday from

Tacloban city and stayed overnight at Mercado owned Villa Romana hotel. He was met by local officials.

The scheduled press conference at 6:30 a.m. Saturday was cancelled, his media coordinators informed the Philippine Information Agency. There will also be no ambush interview.

Roxas will be at the public market 7:30 a.m. and will proceed to the city gym to explain his platform with his supporters from the city where, his bitter rival Davao City mayor Rodrigo Duterte was born and attended first grade at Laboon Elementary school.

He will then proceed to the Guadalupe village to inaugurate the alternate port, where DOTC funded for P60 million during his time as the secretary of the transportation and communication. Then to ongoing expansion construction of the city’s airport before proceeding to Ilo-ilo for the Dinagyang festival.

 

 


LP standard bearer Mar Roxas in Maasin
Posted by Jani Arnaiz, Chief Editor on January 23, 2016, 6:35 am

By JANI ARNAIZ

January 23, 2016

MAASIN CITY – LP standard bearer arrived at dusk Friday from Tacloban city and stayed overnight at Mercado owned Villa Romana hotel. He was met by local officials led by brothers Governor Roger Mercado and Rep. Damian Mercado.

The scheduled press conference at 6:30 a.m. Saturday was cancelled, his media coordinators informed the Philippine Information Agency. There will also be no ambush interview.

Roxas will be at the public market 7:30 a.m. and will proceed to the city gym to explain his platform with his supporters from the city where, his bitter rival Davao City mayor Rodrigo Duterte was born and attended first grade at Laboon Elementary school.

He will then proceed to the Guadalupe village to inaugurate the alternate port, where DOTC funded for P60 million during his time as the secretary of the transportation and communication. Then to ongoing expansion construction of the city’s airport before proceeding to Ilo-ilo for the Dinagyang festival.

 

 


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