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Media’s choice: much good or grave harm?

I agree with Nestor Torre when he wrote about the controversy (and even scandal)-oriented weekly drama show, “Magpakailanman” (“Controversy-oriented TV shows go for the jugular,” Saturday Special, 8/2/14). Its recent episodes dramatized “hot” or “touchy” topics, such as a mother-and-son team of abortionists, a person with both female and male reproductive organs, and two married women-friends who swapped partners. In its eager desire to attract viewers, the TV show could really get a reputation of being exploitative.

Posted: September 13th, 2014 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

Recall, scrap HB 4807

The National Union of Journalists of the Philippines urges the authors of House Bill No. 4807 (also known as An Act to Provide Protection From Personal Intrusion for Commercial Purposes) to withdraw their proposed law; and, should the authors refuse to do so, we call on the rest of the members of the House of Representatives to vote it down.

Posted: September 1st, 2014 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

Past and present in Istanbul

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I had imagined doing many things during this visit to Turkey. But lying prone on a towel draped over the lip of a marble pool—naked and covered in soap bubbles as a woman rubbed and stroked my body—was not one of them.

Posted: July 8th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

‘Paawa’ tearjerkers from the media

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I agree with Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano when he wished that media would focus more on the magnitude of the crime rather on the supposed difficult prison conditions the senators accused of plunder will have to live with.

Posted: June 26th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

The Church, the media, and Napoles

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Imagine an individual who starts a small business supplying helmets and other necessities to the military, using the contacts made possible by her being a military spouse. In the course of her dealings, she develops valuable connections in the rest of government. She quickly grasps the rules of procurement, discovers the informal organization behind every office, nurtures folksy relations with the staff, and spots the weaknesses of people and systems in the public bureaucracy.

Posted: May 25th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

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