There are Filipinos who are uninformed and misinformed by media. Seldom are those who hear the certain news and verify the facts by researching to seek for the truth. This is why people in the Philippines now live in a period of inauthenticity and contradictions.
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The Vice President prides herself in her advocacy in the world of the marginalized. But in her first radio show, she was surprised that malnutrition is prevalent among the poor. She said that her experience of coming face to face with the poor and malnourished is unique. This shows how detached she is with reality. Therefore, Leni Robredo portrays herself as inauthentic.
On the other hand, the impeachment complaint filed by Magdalo party-list Rep. Gary Alejano against the President was quickly dismissed by the House committee on justice because it is insufficient in substance. It failed when Alejano shows that he had no personal knowledge of the acts which he accuses the President of. His sources are news reports, particularly by Rappler and ABS-CBN.
Social Media as Neutralizer
The internet is blamed as the cause of the decline in the power of traditional mass media. But on the contrary, mass media can be popularized by it if they remain authentic to its ethic of fairness and neutrality. People have no choice but to migrate to social media as their sources of information. It is easy to lose credibility in this avenue. Once a medium does not carry the true sentiments of the people, it can face serious attacks online. This is why after decades of suffering from black propaganda, the Marcos family rises above their enemies. PDu30 also is untouchable because of this.
What’s the job of a Vice President? Radio Announcer! This might not be the case elsewhere but in the Philippines nowadays, the VP’s public service job is through the airwaves. This is after her massive investment of time and perhaps money to destroy her political opponents first through mainstream media, then to social media, and now, in person on the radio.
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[VIDEO]: Vice President Leni Robredo will start hosting today a weekly public service radio program that will cover topics aligned with her advocacies as the second highest elected official of the land.
Weekly Radio Program
Vice President Leni Robredo already has a weekly public service radio program. It covers topics that follows her advocacies as VP. BISErbisyong LENI is a one-hour program with broadcaster Ely Saludar. She is co-hosting it.
The program airs at 9 a.m. every Sunday over RMN-dzXL 558 kHz. It simulcasts over RMN-Cebu, RMN-CDO, RMN-Davao and RMN-Naga. It is also live on the RMN Facebook page. The OVP said that the program discusses topics on public service and legal advice. Key personalities are invited for interview based on the weekly topic.
It is understandable that Robredo resorts to be hands-on as media personality because of the successful handling of the late Benigno Aquino during his time. He was able to topple the popular, Marcos by slowly but surely destroying his reputation. Nevertheless, she should be wiser now after her defeat via social media. She does not have the charm to make it. Let alone through traditional radio programs. One thing is evident, she can be running out of funds now that the Liberal Party weakens. Therefore, she has to do it herself.
By: Elena Grace Flores
The alleged booing of Vice President Jejomar Binay in Cebu created a social media frenzy – arguing that he was not really booed. However, anti-Binay’s reactions are already expected. So much lies have been said over and over again but this time, it’s different. Most Binay supporters who used to be very quiet are now out in the open ready to defend the Vice President. This did not come as a surprise after Binay leads in most presidential poll surveys not only in Luzon but also in most parts of Mindanao and the Visayas – particularly Cebu!
As usual even during the digital age, the masses still believe in what is reported in the news, especially the headlines. Therefore most media always flash controversial titles to attract the pubic – then it’s up to you to read the full story. The problem is, most readers will not bother to do that. They only get excited with half-truth especially when it’s in their favor.
Other media like GMA who is more reliable than others is also playing safe using the word “allegedly” or “umano o diumano” in Filipino. Meaning, they did not witness it themselves. They have their own coverage but nothing like what is reported by others. Take the case of this news reported by Pia Arcanghel – watch the video here: http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/story/551619/news/sinulog-crowd-boos-binay (According to Inquirer and Rappler, the Vice President was “allegedly” booed). So why can’t they report that Binay was booed if that is really the case? This is a clear case of “riding on the Vice President’s popularity. Nothing is wrong with that. Just a strategy to boost audience impact for as long as it does not mislead the viewers – but sad to say, It did.
However, a good and truthful media coverage for a certain story should be precise and truthful plus verified by the reporter himself or herself. Read this story from SunStar with very clear headline and factual details: http://www.sunstar.com.ph/cebu/local-news/2016/01/18/una-boo-came-lp-supporters-who-are-hurt-binays-poll-lead-452309
If all media will report like this, then there will be no frenzy – just facts. No chaos because only few heard it – and majority did not. Was Binay really booed? Yes and No – it depends on who heard it!
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