MANILA – Former president Benigno Simeon Cojuangco-Aquino III’s ashes were laid to rest Saturday at the Manila Memorial Park in Parañaque City.After the necrological services at the Church of Gesu inside the campus of his alma mater, Ateneo de Manila in Quezon City, Aquino’s… Read More
MANILA – President Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday urged to set aside differences as the country mourned the death of former President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III.“I join the entire nation in mourning the passing of former President Benigno S. Aquino III,” Duterte said in a… Read More
MANILA – President Rodrigo Duterte has declared June 24 to July 3 as a Period of National Mourning over the passing of former President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III.In a press statement, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque announced that Duterte signed Proclamation No. 1169… Read More
MANILA – Malacañang on Thursday paid tribute to former president Benigno Simeon ‘Noynoy’ Aquino III who passed away at the age of 61.In a virtual presser, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque observed a moment of silence for Aquino’s passing.”We commiserate and condole with… Read More
MANILA – A party-list lawmaker called for a period of national mourning for former President Benigno Simeon ‘Noynoy’ Aquino III who passed away at the age of 61 due to renal failure as a result of diabetes on Thursday morning.Senior Citizens Rep. Rodolfo Ordanes said expressions of sincere… Read More
President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday night said he has decided to ignore those criticizing his foreign policy on the West Philippine Sea (WPS) upon the advice of former Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile.In a special meeting with Enrile and some members of his Cabinet, Duterte said he… Read More
In an article posted at the website of the pompously named “Stratbase Albert del Rosario Institute for Strategic and International Studies” – which the billionaire appears to have bankrolled – del Rosario admitted what he and his boss Aquino had hidden from the nation since 2012. READ MORE
MANILA – President Rodrigo Duterte has invited former senator Juan Ponce Enrile to Malacañan Palace in Manila on May 17 for a special meeting to discuss issues concerning the highly-contested West Philippine Sea (WPS).Duterte extended the invitation during his talk to the nation… Read More
In an article posted at the website of the pompously named “Stratbase Albert del Rosario Institute for Strategic and International Studies” – which the billionaire appears to have bankrolled – del Rosario admitted what he and his boss Aquino had hidden from the nation since 2012: We lost Panatag (Scarborough) Shoal, just 124 nautical miles off Zambales, because of their huge blunder.
In his article, del Rosario wrote:
“During the impasse at Scarborough Shoal with China, we were approached by the US, an honest broker, for both China and the Philippines to agree to a simultaneous withdrawal of ships from the shoal. We therefore agreed. At the appointed time, we withdrew, whereas China did not – in violation of our agreement.”
Del Rosario’s statement, though, is flawed. Neither the US nor China has admitted that there was such an agreement; only talks for such an agreement. Indeed, if there was such an agreement, would the “honest broker” US not have raised a ruckus that China reneged on an agreement it brokered?
Del Rosario’s statement in his article is in sharp contrast to what he said on June 16, 2012, quoted in nearly all media that day two weeks after our ships left the shoal June 3: “Citing bad weather, President Aquino has ordered home two Philippine ships engaged in a standoff with China over Scarborough Shoal.”READ MORE
MANILA, Philippines—In a move reminiscent of a Malacañang-instigated advertising boycott of the Philippine Daily Inquirer in 1999 during the Estrada administration, President Benigno Aquino III Thursday suggested that advertisers use their ad money to discipline the media.
Speaking during the induction of the new officers and directors of the Advertising Board of the Philippines (Adboard) in Malacañang, Mr. Aquino called on the ad agencies to place their advertisements only in media that promote “good citizenship” and that “uphold truth and fairness.”
Placing their advertisements in media groups that resort to sensationalism rather than report the truth would only compound the country’s problems, the President said.
“Unfortunately in our country, sometimes sensationalism is a lot better than spreading the truth. Sometimes, the truth seems to have been a forgotten concept by some of our media practitioners,” he said.
Instead of considering only cost efficiency in making advertising placements, advertisers should also use as criteria a media group’s values and integrity, Mr. Aquino said.
“I understand that advertising is commerce, but the decisions of where to advertise can also
be used to encourage responsible corporate behavior and improve the level of discourse in our country,” he said.
“Instead of just cost per thousand, why not add other criteria? Does the program where you are placing your advertisement promote the values of good citizenship? Does the network or newspaper that receives your placements uphold truth and fairness?” he said.
Mr. Aquino said advertisers could help his administration that he said has been “working overtime to shed daylight on the country,” by encouraging media to “police its own ranks and provide clarity to the issues.”
“Needless to say, the marketing communications sector can help promote a trustworthy, transparent relationship between the government and the Filipino people,” he added.
The President found a ready ear in Adboard chair Andre Kahn, a J. Romero and Associates executive. Kahn said the President’s call was valid and the Adboard would discuss the treatment of the news with media desks.
“Those of us who support them in their endeavors undoubtedly contribute to the problems that we face and that’s where we have to look beyond the confines of our needs to promote our products and be the responsible Filipino that we all can be,” he said.
He agreed with Mr. Aquino’s observation on the media’s tendency to sensationalize.
“Yes, it is definitely a valid call. We have seen on some occasions where what President Aquino said was correct there is a tendency for media perhaps to over-sensationalize,” Kahn told reporters.
“We can definitely discuss the treatment of the news with the news editors and ask them for their cooperation,” he said.
Although Mr. Aquino did not single out any particular media outfit, his words recalled the months-long advertising boycott of the Inquirer in 1999 instigated by deposed President and convicted plunderer Joseph Estrada. PHILIPPINE DAILY INQUIRER