Speaker Alvarez denies hand in journalist killing, authorities create Task Force Denora

DAVAO CITY (June 13) — “I am a lawyer, I file cases, I don’t kill people”, this was the outright  denial of House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez, as speculations are rife that he had a hand in the  killing of newspaper publisher and veteran journalist  Dennis Denora. Alvarez, in an interview with Newsline.ph,    said “Why …

World’s Press Calls on Facebook to Immediately Exempt News Content from its Political Ads Policy

PORTUGAL — WAN-IFRA with six media organisations and their affiliates representing over 20,000 media publishers and professionals in over 120 countries around the world have come together to express concern over Facebook’s new advertising policy that labels quality news as political advocacy and includes such content in its political ad archive. Through its attempt to …

ABS-CBN Davao terminates a dozen employees, talents

DAVAO CITY (May 23) — Tears and uncertainty  greeted over a dozen of ABS-CBN Davao regular employees and talents Tuesday, after  they were told, their employment is only good  until   June 30, 2018. The television giant cited redundancy and digitalization,  as the reasons. Terminated employees include television and radio reporters, at least two occupy high …

Gov’t puts up P700M state of the art Media Hub in Mindanao

DAVAO CITY, Philippines —  Mindanao will soon have a state-of-the art, government-owned media hub as Special Assistant to the President Christopher “Bong” Go and PCOO Secretary Martin Andanar led the groundbreaking ceremony of the P700 million Mindanao Media Hub along Carlos P. Garcia Highway in Davao City. In an interview, Andanar said the facility will …

Dumaguete media air indignation over broadcaster’s death

DAVAO CITY, Philippines — Journalists in Dumaguete City are up in arms against the death of broadcaster Edmund Sestoso, of DYGB-FM, who was brutally killed by still unknown gunman last Monday, April 30, 2018. Reports revealed, Sestoso was shot five times in broad daylight by riding in tandem assassins in Barangay Daro, Dumaguete City. Police …

NBI files cyber libel raps vs. Rappler

MANILA, Philippines  — The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) filed a cyber libel complaint before the Department of Justice (DOJ) against online news website Rappler’s chief executive officer Maria Ressa and eight others in connection with the complaint filed by a businessman regarding an article it has published in 2012. In a transmittal letter signed by …

“Rappler might be CIA sponsored” : Duterte

DAVAO CITY, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte Thursday said, he invoked executive prerogative when he ordered the ban on all Rappler reporters from entering Malacañang and covering his events. Duterte said “Because it is not a legitimate agency, according to SEC. So, I am now invoking executive action based on the SEC ruling,” During the …

Duterte suspends Rappler’s MPC accreditation, Ranada and Ressa cannot enter Malacañang

DAVAO CITY, Philippines — President Rodrigo R. Duterte temporarily suspends Malacañang’s media accreditation issued to Rappler, which in effect prohibits Pia Ranada and Maria Ressa to enter Malacañang Complex and to cover the activities of the President. In lieu of this development, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque, emphasized “Rappler still has the right to write, anything …

PSG threatens to ban rude journalists inside Malacañang complex

DAVAO CITY, Philippines — Presidential Security Group Commander, Big. Gen.   Lope Dagoy threatened to ban rude and disrespectful  journalists,  to enter the entire Malacañang complex following the Tuesday incident involving reporters from Rappler and television giant ABS-CBN. Dagoy was reacting to the “rude” attitude displayed by Rappler reporter Pia Ranada, ABS-CBN reporter and cameraman,  who …