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Freedom of information: Capitol, Cebu City and Mandaue City regulate access

(The Cebu Citizens-Press Council’s project to find out the transparency stance and mechanisms of the potential heads of selected local government units in Cebu started before the May 2016 elections….

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(The Cebu Citizens-Press Council’s project to find out the transparency stance and mechanisms of the potential heads of selected local government units in Cebu started before the May 2016 elections. Questions formulated by University of the Philippines Cebu assistant professor Mayette Tabada and University of San Jose-Recoletos Department of Journalism and Communications chairman Nestor Ramirez, both CCPC members, were sent to mayoral and gubernatorial candidates. When some candidates did not reply before the elections, the project was revised after the elections to accommodate the answers only of the winning candidates.)

CAPITOL, Cebu City and Mandaue City regulate access to information even after President Rodrigo Duterte signed last July 23 an Executive Order (EO) requiring all offices under the executive branch to grant full disclosure to the public. However, there is a proposal filed to grant the public access to information in Cebu City.

To survey local government practices in granting the public and the media access to information, the Cebu Citizens-Press Council started this initiative during the recent campaign period and continued after the newly elected officials assumed office last June 30. Continue Reading

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Choice cuts

Memorable to the public and those who captured the images People have a short attention span. Especially in this age of the Internet and social media. The massive and unregulated…

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Memorable to the public and those who captured the images

People have a short attention span. Especially in this age of the Internet and social media. The massive and unregulated traffic of words and images is astounding.

So how does a news photo stand out? To aid our discussion, let us pick a recent image that has gone viral: the bloodied Syrian boy seen on televisions and newspapers. Stoic, dirty and bloodied, the boy’s image gives a face to the brutality of war. It possesses the power of immediacy and pathos. Outright, the image gets imprinted in our collective consciousness. Continue Reading

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FOI executive order: Can it overcome secrecy, corruption?

IN THE Philippines’ long-running effort to get a freedom of information (FOI) law passed, President Rodrigo Duterte’s decision to move on the matter without Congress seems like a ray of…

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IN THE Philippines’ long-running effort to get a freedom of information (FOI) law passed, President Rodrigo Duterte’s decision to move on the matter without Congress seems like a ray of light.

But it remains to be seen whether the executive order he signed on July 23 opening up government records to the public will help, or hurt, the aims of the order.

Eight senators and a congresswoman have filed FOI bills in the 17th Congress. The bills cover the executive, legislative and judiciary branches of government and constitutional bodies, while Duterte’s executive order (EO) covers only the executive branch. But this is better than having no FOI order at all. Or is it? Continue Reading

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Newsroom tales

When death is near SUPERBALITA reporter Sheila Gravinez was in the Provincial Capitol when a magnitude 6.9 earthquake (“linog ” in Cebuano) hit Cebu in February 2012, leading to the…

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When death is near

SUPERBALITA reporter Sheila Gravinez was in the Provincial Capitol when a magnitude 6.9 earthquake (“linog ” in Cebuano) hit Cebu in February 2012, leading to the cancellation of the Capitol press conference.

Monitoring the developments along Osmeña Blvd. near the Capitol before going home, she saw people running as rumors started going around that Cebu had been hit by a tsunami and that the water was already near Robinsons Fuente, just a kilometer away. Continue Reading

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How Mindanao journalists see Duterte: Gallardo

FROILAN GALLARDO, veteran reporter and photographer based in Cagayan de Oro City who now works with MindaNews, thinks Davao media didn’t give Rodrigo Duterte as much scrutiny as it should…

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FROILAN GALLARDO, veteran reporter and photographer based in Cagayan de Oro City who now works with MindaNews, thinks Davao media didn’t give Rodrigo Duterte as much scrutiny as it should have and failed to defend their colleague when he was bashed publicly by the then newly elected president

CAGAYAN DE ORO—The first time local journalists here saw something was amiss was the nights after President Rodrigo Duterte won the May 2016 presidential elections by a wide margin.

As the remaining votes were tallied in Congress, Duterte already described as the “presumptive president” at this time, started holding nightly press conferences in Davao City. Continue Reading

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How Mindanao journalists see Duterte: Estremera

STELLA ESTREMERA, editor-in-chief of Sun.Star Davao, tells how they understood Rodrigo Duterte in his messages to constituents, says journalists need to look beyond what he actually says for the real…

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STELLA ESTREMERA, editor-in-chief of Sun.Star Davao, tells how they understood Rodrigo Duterte in his messages to constituents, says journalists need to look beyond what he actually says for the real meaning, and asserts she and her colleagues in Davao were no less critical of him when he was their mayor

DAVAO—The three decades of covering President Rodrigo “Digong” R. Duterte first as an OIC vice mayor then his 28 years as elected official is an exercise in getting the right context to a story.

What he is saying today, we have already heard several times before and because he has been saying these for years now, he tends to go straight to the action and not the predicate. As Duterte himself said during one of his midnight press conferences in Davao City after the 2016 elections: “Do not believe everything I say. If it sounds preposterous, itanong mo yang media sa Davao, ‘Ano ba ito?’ Sasabihin sa inyo, ‘Niloloko lang kayo niyan.’” (Ask the Davao media, “What’s this?” They’ll tell you, “He’s just pulling your leg.”)  Continue Reading

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What does President Duterte really mean?

It’s the job of reporters, editors and opinion makers to understand what the news source says. And that work has been made doubly hard by President Duterte who doesn’t speak…

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It’s the job of reporters, editors and opinion makers to understand what the news source says. And that work has been made doubly hard by President Duterte who doesn’t speak in parables but encrypts his message in on-stage humor, hyperboles and “walk-backs.” Things are improving on each side though. But the challenge continues

THERE were already signs of it during the election campaign: saying one thing, intending another; joking and exaggerating but doing it with a straight face; flip-flopping, one plan or opinion in one forum, a contrary plan or opinion the next. Continue Reading

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Dioscoro B. Lazaro: Boss to Cebu’s top journalists

It was shortly after World War II that Dioscoro B. Lazaro took charge of the newspaper in Cebu known as The Republic Daily. It held office at the Republic Building…

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It was shortly after World War II that Dioscoro B. Lazaro took charge of the newspaper in Cebu known as The Republic Daily. It held office at the Republic Building along Colon St., near the corner of D. Jakosalem St., Cebu City. It was the rebirth of the newspaper founded by Don Mariano Jesus Cuenco known as The Republic.

Lazaro was not a Cebuano; he was from Manila. It was the Cebuano senator, governor and congressman Don Mariano Jesus Cuenco that brought him to Cebu. When he came to Cebu with his young wife, they lived on the upper floor of The Republic Daily (in 1968, he was able to build a house in La Guardia, Cebu City, that people up to now refer to as the “Lazaro House”). 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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Better storytelling in the age of digital journalism

Journalism is a calling. If you’re in the industry to make money, journalism is not for you. That’s what Nancy Carvajal, an award-winning journalist who was once connected with the Philippine Daily Inquirer, told members of the media, information officers and bloggers who attended the digital journalism training organized by the Metrobank Foundation and Probe Media Foundation last July 8, 2016.

Many of those who joined the training nodded in agreement, not because they didn’t want to argue with the speaker, but because they themselves knew that it takes hard work and perseverance to become a top-notch journalist.

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2015 Journalists of the Year Howie Severino, Marites Vitug and Nancy Carvajal show how

Journalism is a calling. If you’re in the industry to make money, journalism is not for you. That’s what Nancy Carvajal, an award-winning journalist who was once connected with the Philippine Daily Inquirer, told members of the media, information officers and bloggers who attended the digital journalism training organized by the Metrobank Foundation and Probe Media Foundation last July 8, 2016.

Many of those who joined the training nodded in agreement, not because they didn’t want to argue with the speaker, but because they themselves knew that it takes hard work and perseverance to become a top-notch journalist. Continue Reading

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