Veteran journalist-lawyer Manuel F. Almario, a regular contributor to Inquirer Opinion, quietly slipped into the night very much unlike the rage of his committed life. He was a fierce nationalist. A sucker for the underdog, he fought for the downtrodden and the oppressed. Those were two advocacies that consumed his entire life.
The Center for Media Freedom & Responsibility (CMFR) welcomes the Inquirer’s calling public attention to the continuing killing of journalists and media workers in the Philippines, this time through its May 26 editorial “Stop the killings.”
By Leandro “DD” Coronel
Raul S. Gonzalez, whose recent death the Inquirer reported (5/18/13), was truly an outstanding man of letters. He was a writer, editor, educator, public relations man, and mentor to many now-accomplished writers.
By Juan L. Mercado
“PINABILI LANG ng suka sa kanto, pagbalik journalist na” (Told to buy vinegar at the corner store, he trotted back a journalist).
By Cielito F. Habito
Big money is about to descend once again upon the media industry, if it hasn’t already. Election campaign seasons always bring the industry a windfall, via both legitimate political ads and illicit payments to buy favorable coverage from members of the press. The magnitudes are now so staggering that in the last election year of 2010, the recreational services sector, which includes the broadcast industry, leaped from the previous year by a zooming 30.4 percent in our gross domestic product (GDP) accounts. To show how unusual this was, the growth rate stabilized back to 7.2 percent in 2011, and had ranged from only 3 to 11 percent in the past decade (with that previous peak also posted in the election year of 2007).