Author: Linette Cantalejo

Revisiting Maneja: Was media ethics observed?

It was a threat he had heard several times, said with much fanfare on at least three occasions, but never carried out each time. To news anchor Manuel “Manny” Rabacal,…

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It was a threat he had heard several times, said with much fanfare on at least three occasions, but never carried out each time.

To news anchor Manuel “Manny” Rabacal, cult leader and engineer Rodrigo “Rudy” Maneja was the boy who cried wolf—until one hot sunny morning on Aug. 10, 1985, when he set himself on fire before a stunned crowd of about 3,000 people in Plaza Independencia in Cebu City.

Maneja first told a blocktime program on radio dyFX of his challenge to Catholic priests, whom he called liars and deceivers, to meet him at the plaza, where he would bring down a ball of fire on them to show who was preaching the truth. Continue Reading

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Napoleon G. Rama: Fearless Cebuano journalist soars

THERE is perhaps no other Cebuano journalist in Manila who has ranked as high in the editorial hierarchy as Napoleon “Nap” G. Rama Sr. He was publisher of Manila Bulletin…

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THERE is perhaps no other Cebuano journalist in Manila who has ranked as high in the editorial hierarchy as Napoleon “Nap” G. Rama Sr.

He was publisher of Manila Bulletin from 1987 to 2004, where he also wrote a column. Rama, who passed away on Jan. 10, 2016 at age 92, was also a political writer for the Philippines Free Press for more than a decade.

He was a lawyer, a political figure and a prolific writer both in English and Spanish. Continue Reading

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Cebu media 10 years from now

Ten years ago, going to one’s beat assignment every day to gather news stories and submitting them to the editors before the 8 p.m. deadline was the norm. It was…

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Ten years ago, going to one’s beat assignment every day to gather news stories and submitting them to the editors before the 8 p.m. deadline was the norm. It was the only way to get published if you worked in a newspaper.

But that was before mobile devices, Internet access and social media platforms all became available and affordable to Cebu’s journalists.

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