Part 1: A painful topic – media corruption

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By Raïssa Robles

mediaOK, I’m biting the bullet.

I will talk about media corruption as I’ve seen it and felt it and faced it.

If there are reporters who are corrupt, it is because the editors tolerate them or are on the take themselves. The industry is really quite small. Tongues are loose. Talk is cheap. The giver boasts and the taker often splurges.

Those who are on the take are known in the industry. And some are pretty big names.

Will I disclose who they are? No.

There is one main reason why readers do not get a complete understanding of the corruption in mass media – the people in the industry don’t want to talk about it. The reason? it involves colleagues, friends, people you see and work with everyday. Apart from this, it’s hard to give names for the simple reason that there is no documentary proof. It’s the kind of practice where people don’t keep records, for obvious reasons.

To understand what I’m talking about, let me explain first the process of producing news in newspapers.

News reporters are usually assigned “beats”. Sometimes the beat is topical like “justice” or “foreign affairs”. Many times it is locational. For instance, someone covers the Quezon Circle area – that would include the government agencies there like the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, the Department of Agriculture, the Philippine Coconut Authority, sometimes even the Quezon City government.

The reporter is responsible for all the news in that beat. Every beat competes with all other beats for space on the newspaper front page. Sometimes, there are special pages devoted to that beat.

Now, this is something most people outside journalism NEVER understand. This work comes with a time constraint — a deadline. Stories have to be submitted by a certain time each day. This puts pressure on reporters — and correspondents (who are not full-time employees and are paid less than reporters, usually on a flat rate basis — to produce. This happens everyday. Nowadays most journalists get two days off. In my time we got one. And in my time you didn’t have a choice when that day off would be – it could be the weekend or the middle of the week.

And almost always, Christmas was a working day for me.

Why do people put up with that? I don’t know. Why do people become doctors? Or tax accountants? I guess part of the reason is that working to a frantic deadline creates a rush, which you become addicted to if you keep doing it long enough.

Anyway going back to the process of news writing: a reporter’s copy passes through an editor who has the complete license to edit, rewrite, re-angle, destroy and rebuild any story that is published. The editor also creates the title (the head)and  is usually responsible for the first paragraph (the lead).

So even if a reporter is in the pocket of a politician, an editor’s eagle eyes would be able to spot the trend, the slant, the frequency of copy about a specific politician. Unless the editor is untrained or also in the pay of the same politician or told by “higher-ups”.

It is also an editor’s job to make sure all sides of the news are covered. When I was working at the Philippine Star desk, when an important side was missing in a story and the reporter could not be reached, I called up a source that would give me that side.

So if a side is missing, blame it on the reporter and on the editor who allowed that to be published. If the reporter or editor really made the effort to get an important missing side but the source was unavailable or would not talk, this information also has to be written into the story.

What I’m saying is, corruption is not just the problem. Lack of training and sloppiness are also problems that others might mistake for corruption.

Corruption in different kinds of media reporting

What I just outlined above pertains to reporters working full-time for newspapers and correspondents paid per piece writing for the “hard news” section.

A different set of rules is followed by newspaper columnists or opinion writers. Sometimes, columnists come from the ranks of reporters but oftentimes they don’t. They are contracted by the newspaper owner or by an editor to dish out opinion on mostly anything under the sun. Because of this, political and corporate strategists love to sit down with columnists, massage their egos and shower them with presents and favors. Some columnists are quite ethical in their dealings with news sources. Others are not.

I have been frequently told by colleagues in the industry the names of this or that columnist demanding freebies from hotels and airlines – just because they are columnists.

The point I’m trying to make is, please don’t blame reporters in general for what columnists write. Columnists are not writing hard news but their opinions and if they parrot word for word the stand of companies or corporate sectors on certain issues, then just stop reading them. For some, reading them is a hard habit to break because aside from writing news columnists are often the favorite venue for leaking news.

Newspapers also publish “soft news” – on entertainment, lifestyle and movies as well as feature stories on who’s hot in the news.

Personally, I have stopped reading much of the soft news published by local newspapers because most of them sound like advertorials – or advertisements dressed up like news reports. I might as well read the side of a box of cereal.

At the soft news section – the entertainment and lifestyle sections – of a number of newspapers, almost everyday is like Christmas. Gift baskets, party food and designer cakes arrive frequently with Thank you notes or invitations to future events.

At least one Lifestyle editor has told me her editorial choices aren’t swayed at all by the presents but she can’t discourage givers because they might feel hurt or insulted since this is an industry-wide practice. Others, by contrast, demand freebies as part of their job. I’ve heard stories of some writers who demand certain rooms and bed sizes for their free stays in resorts and hotels.

I don’t know if lifestyle and entertainment reporters are bound by the same Code of Ethics as news reporters. In newspapers, these two major sections are independent kingdoms with their own set of rules.

How newspapers I worked for handled corruption

Of course I’m only talking of the hard news section. I was fortunate to start my news career with Raul Locsin’s now-defunct Business Day newspaper. Raul and his wife Leticia (who started out as a movie reporter) had definite guidelines for reporters.

First, if we had to interview a source over lunch, the newspaper paid for it.

Second, no cash gifts of any amount were allowed. If someone still gave cash, this was to be turned over to the office which would then take care of getting in touch with the giver. You see, this was during Martial Law and if a government official were to give cash, turning it down to his face was a bad idea.

Third, during the month of December, all reporters were “grounded” – that is, we all covered from the office via telephone. This was to avoid any hint of a BD reporter asking gifts from sources. Bawal ang mamasko. But nothing barred a source from sending over gifts to the office.

The reporters were allowed to accept token gifts like calendars, diaries or umbrellas with logos. But nothing expensive.

In The Manila Chronicle where I worked next, the same guidelines were more or less observed, except that I don’t remember having to stay in the office in December.

When I worked in Philippine Star when Mrs. Betty Go-Belmonte was alive, I once received cash amounting to several thousand pesos as “coffee money” and as per editorial guideline, I turned it over to her office. She then wrote a very nice letter to the politician thanking him for his generous donation to Damayan, her charity project.

Why do some politicians give cash to media men?

Because often there are reporters who flat out ask them for money and they want to be democratic about it. Also, it was the practice long before Martial Law for politicians to give reporters cash. There is this revered icon of journalism who, before Martial Law, went around the House of Representatives with two wallets. One had money, the other was empty. It was his practice, I was told by his former colleague, to send around the empty wallet to lawmakers. It would be bulging with money by the time he got it back.

Of course, in our business there are very few secrets. Word of such unethical practices gets around. Politicians’ aides talk and before you know it, the gossip has spread around the journalism community.

But no one does anything about it – not the editors, publishers nor newspaper owners.

I asked my former Manila Chronicle editor Vergel Santos yesterday whether there was any law against government functionaries giving journalists cash.

“I don’t think there’s any law. Especially if it becomes a private arrangement,” Vergel, now BusinessWorld publisher, told me.

Republic Act No. 3019 or the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act punishes those who bribe government officials. But it does not punish government officials who bribe members of mass media.

Vergel told me that indeed, there are state officials who give journalists payoffs. He told me that one post-1986 senator used to meet media men every week. “It was always well-attended. He gave away money.”

Personally, punishing such a practice is one piece of legislation I would welcome because from my experience, government officials often use our tax money to bribe mass media in exchange for favorable coverage or to hush up stories about them.

I have been bribed with cash four times – twice by senators, once by a general and once by a local government executive. In all four instances, I believe tax money was used. In two of these incidents I flat out refused the money and angered the givers. In a third instance, I turned it over to the newspaper owner. In the fourth instance, I donated it to charity in the giver’s name and personally handed him the letter of thanks.

In the early 1990s, a reporter named Yvette Fernandez (now editor-in-chief of Town & Country magazine, Philippine edition), wrote an exhaustive piece called “Envelopmental Journalism in the Metro Manila Media” for the Philippine Press Institute. It was based on interviews with – among others – 18 beat reporters, two photographers, three editors-in-chief, six editors, and a public relations practitioners.

Reading the report, I realized with sadness how little has changed in my profession. Only the amounts involved have risen. Here’s an excerpt from Yvette’s piece regarding corruption in the police beat:

“Every week,” says one police reporter, “the anti-vice unit gives about P4,000 to the press club. We divide it and get about P200 each. that is only from one unit. Where do they get the money? From the gambling lords, drug lords, smuggling lords. From the prostitution kings and queens that they protect. How do you think those joints remain in business?”

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“In the police beat,” claims another broadsheet former police reporter, “the lowliest sergeant and corporal would give you cash gifts of P50, P100, and P200 for you to write about their cases. Like when they would catch a robber, a car thief. They would treat you to a sumptuous merienda, or give you money. It’s a habit, and the beat is usually monopolized by tabloid reporters or veterans who do not care about ethics.”

President Benigno Aquino III was right when he said rank-and-file reporters and correspondents ought to be paid better. But I would like to challenge PNoy to issue an Executive Order banning employees and officials in the Executive Department, including the police and military from giving mass media personnel cash or ATM load. I wonder if he will.

I would also like to challenge both chambers of Congress to do the same, to ensure a level playing field among them as far as media coverage is concerned.

And as for all those “public service ads” now appearing on print, TV, and radio featuring this or that incumbent government official who is known to be running for office next year, I hope the Commission on Audit initiates a probe whether or not they are using our tax money for these ads.

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  1. 43
    arbee says:

    I can confirm Raissa on BusinessDay’s (and BusinessWorld too) policy against accepting gifts especially those of value. Boss (Raul) and Misis (Leticia) were my beacons of journalistic integrity. The paper’s reporters were usually grounded – in the office – until after December 25 or thereabouts. But still, some reporters and editors managed to go around this prohibition. I recall a senior editor won a NEW CAR during one of Toyota’s Christmas party-cum-raffle event. The bottomline? The editor kept it.

  2. 42
    leona says:

    Tomorrow is an earlier fight than Pacman v Marquez on Dec. 9 [ here ], it is the ‘fight’ in our Supreme Court! What happened? Re “faked” resolution by the CJ Sereno? The link is

    SEVERAL justices of the Supreme Court (SC) are raring to confront Chief Justice Ma. Lourdes Sereno during their en banc session tomorrow, after the latter allegedly pulled a fast one on her colleagues when she ordered the issuance of a “fake and fraudulent” resolution on the creation of a new judicial office in Visayas.

    At least six High Court justices reached by The Manila Times claimed that Sereno ordered the opening of a Regional Court Administration Office (RCAO) in Cebu City without authority from the en banc.

    All speaking on condition of anonymity, the magistrates were one in denying that they had ratified Sereno’s order for the revival and reopening of the RCAO.

    They also belied claims that they allowed the chief justice to appoint Judge Geraldine Faith Econg to be the officer in charge of the regional office.

    Fuming
    The six justices were fuming when interviewed by The Times, with one of them saying that the chief magistrate “made a fool out of them.”

    “Niloloko niya ang en banc. This resolution never took place. Everything she stated is false. She is a liar,” an associate justice said.

    Sereno went to Cebu City on Thursday for the re-launching and re-opening of RCAO. Her visit was made on the assumption that her order had been ratified. As it turned out, her colleagues even junked it.

    Another High Court justice who learned about the document sent a text message to The Times saying that Sereno had “no authority from the Court.”

    “Watch on Tuesday,” the magistrate said, in reference to the regular en banc session of the court on December 4.

    “Humanda siya sa Martes [She must prepare herself on Tuesday],” another magistrate threatened.

    One justice confirmed that Sereno will surely be “grilled” over the issue “because she exceeded her authority as chief justice.” The magistrate warned that the faking of the RCAO resolution was a clear violation of the 1987 Constitution and can be a ground for Sereno’s impeachment.

    “Walang voting na nangyari. Paano niya maa-appoint si Econg [There was no voting. How can she appoint Econg]?,” the magistrate argued.

    Resolution
    The two-page resolution, a copy of which was obtained by The Times, was dated November 27, 2012 and signed and promulgated by SC en banc clerk of Court Enriqueta Vidal. The date jibed with the en banc session last week, where Sereno reportedly had a heated argument with some of her colleagues.

    The document reads: “Administrative Matter No. 12-11-9-SC [Re: Opening of the Regional Trial Court Administration Office (RCAO) in Region 7].

    The Court Resolved to:
    [a] RATIFY the action of Chief Justice Maria Lourdes P.A. Sereno to revive the Regional Court Administration Office in Region 7, with Phase I on: [a] procurement; [b] approval of leave; and [c] payroll administration; and

    [b] APPOINT Judge Geraldine Faith A. Econg, Deputy Clerk of Court and Judicial Reform Program Administrator, as Officer-in-charge of RCAO-Region 7, effective immediately and for a period of two [2] months.”

    One of the six justices interviewed by The Times alleged that Sereno wanted Econg to be removed as the head of the Project Management Office (PMO) so that she can reinstate to the post former PMO head Evelyn Dumdum who served from the time of chief justice Hilario Davide Jr. up to the time of chief justice Artemio Panganiban.

    Panganiban, it was further alleged, was pushing for the re-appointment of Dumdum to the PMO post. The former chief justice is one of Sereno’s advisers.

    Dumdum left the PMO during the tenure of chief justice Reynato Puno after it was discovered that she had another job in Thailand, which was disallowed by the SC en banc.

    Ignorant
    Another magistrate said that the problem with a “junior” justice like Sereno is that she is not fully aware of the job and duties of the chief justice and how the court works.

    “She was not a law practitioner. She has never been a judge in her entire life. Ang problema kay Meilou [Sereno’s nickname] ay wala talaga siyang alam! Hindi naman siya makapagtanong kay Tony [Justice Antonio Carpio] kasi nga hinakbangan niya eh dati lang siyang tao ni Tony [The problem with Sereno is that she doesn’t know anything. She could not ask for advice from Tony because she bypassed him when she was just his protégé],” the justice said.

    During last Tuesday’s en banc session, the magistrates clarified that what was agreed upon was for Sereno to amend her Administrative Orders reopening RCAO and allowed Econg to study for a period of two months how the RCAO should operate and to later on submit a report to the SC en banc.

    During the deliberation, Carpio said that “guidelines must be laid down in the creation of RCAO.”

    Justice Presbitero Velasco, on the other hand, suggested that Econg “can only make a study because it is only the Office of the Court Administrator or his deputy” who can be assigned to do the job.

    But Court Administrator Jose Midas Marquez was put on a “floating status” by Sereno because he was identified with former chief justice Renato Corona.

    When Sereno was appointed, Marquez was bypassed in court administration matters.

    Congress’ job
    The first SC justice interviewed by The Times pointed out that the creation of a new or revival of an old government office is a job for Congress and not the chief justice.

    “Any act of the chief justice in terms of creating an office must be submitted with the Court en banc for approval,” the justice said.

    By law, Congress must enact the creation of a new government unit because it would involve the appropriation of funds.

    Mental test
    Based on an 11-page Psychiatric and Psychological Report submitted to the Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) by a group of two medical psychiatrists and two psychologists prior to her appointment, it was learned that Sereno has the tendency to make decisions based on her “mood.”

    “She projects a happy mood but has depressive markers too. There is a strong tendency to make decisions based on current mood thus, outcome is highly subjective and self-righteous,” the report said.

    Sereno reportedly got a low grade of four in the mental test.

    On the first page of the report, it was explained that all of the candidates who applied for the position of chief justice shall be graded under the “Five Point Numerical Rating System.” A grade of 1 shall be considered as the highest or most superior, 3 shall be the median and 5 shall be the lowest or a failing mark.

    Sereno was interviewed on July 18, 2012, but despite her low mark, the JBC included her in the shortlist of nominees after she got six votes.

    Under the existing policy of the JBC, an applicant to any position in the judiciary who garnered a grade of 4 will no longer be recommended. A candidate who got a grade of 5 shall automatically be rejected for being “mentally disturbed.”

    The justices are out to get the CJ. Whoa!

    • 42.1
      • 42.1.1
        Tomas Gomez III says:

        Prudence is called for…..hinay hinay, as lolo Confucius would say. Manila Times has a record of bias against CJ Sereno. But nonetheless, it would be interesting to find out the results of the en banc as well as the veracity of the MT “news item.” An ax to grind when wielded by a media outlet can also be a disservice to democracy because truth is distorted.

    • 42.2
      TOL says:

      Kudos to the justices. Ang gagaling nyo po. By the way, nasaan po ba kayo during the impeachment trial? You were so mum. Tapos ngayon you are so loud in saying na “niloloko niya ang en banc.” Sabagay nga naman, Corona was not “fooling them” that time when he was making all his palusot because they may be of the same ilk. Besides, the tone of the “news” article says it all. Notice how it dwells on Sereno being a neophyte, never a law practitioner, walang alam, “tao lang dati ni Tony”, mental test flunker, etc. instead on citing why these “at least six” judges disagree on re-opening RCAO.

      Hmmmm…I can smell something…..INGGIT. Hanapan natin ng butas si CJ. Tama po ba?

  3. 41
    Kalahari says:

    Sad to say that some members of the fourth estate, who don’t belong to the highly-paid columnists, are resorting to trash journalism or envelopmental journalism to make both ends meet.

    Look at the numerous presscons at Malacañang and the big bags of some journalists, not to say the pestering presence of press members that frequent the BOC, Pagcor, etc. The worst is at the provincial level where local politicians have bagmen ready to hand out envelopes to media people.

    As the saying goes “got to live guys.”

  4. 40
    leona says:

    Vox Populi Est Suprema Lex…the voice of the people is the law… RH bill due for voting by 287 House members and 23 Senators soon…Let Us Be Heard On This!

    I vote Yea…approved the RH bill !

    What say YOU?…be counted! Let our Congress know here at CPM! The link of the news

    http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/316901/aquino-urges-lawmakers-vote-on-reproductive-health-bill-now

    • 40.1
      jorge bernas says:

      @ leona,

      Tama ka leona, Dapat nang ipasa ang RH Bill dahil malaking tuolong ito sa lahat….

    • 40.2
      curveball says:

      Dapat ipasa na ang RH Bill sa taon na ito. Wag na patagalin!

      • 40.2.1
        Victin Luz says:

        @mam Leona @sir Johnny Lin………please read the editorial page of Phil. Star written by Jose Sison…….that PNOY and the PRO RH BILL ( MAMBABATAS and etc, ) were allowing FOREIGN INTRUSION for the approval of RH BILL.

        Who is he SISON,…..is he a good and honest journalist?

  5. 39
    leona says:

    Raissa, here is a link of the cases of Ambil, Jr. v Sandiganbayan/People of the Phil., and Apelado, Jr. vs Sandiganbayan/People of the Phil. dated July 6, 2011. The issue, among others, was SEC. 3 (e) of RA 3019, as Amended, Anti-Graft & Corrupt Practices Act. As you wrote that “But it does not punish government officials who bribe members of mass media,” this cases as jointly decided by the SC, appears that it does punish as interpreted by the Court when the accused governor, Ambil, Jr., granted an unwarranted accused Mayor – a private party [ as interpreted by the Court ] benefits, etc. In short, a journalist who is “given” a bribe by a government official under RA 3019, as Amended, so as to “benefit” obviously the journalist or news reporter [ as also the briber gov't official ] makes the briber gov’t official criminally liable under this law, RA 3019, as Amended.

    An interesting topic that you brought out. Please check if you can say you agree to the ruling of the Court,

    the link http://sc.judiciary.gov.ph/jurisprudence/2011/july2011/175457.htm

    • 39.1
      leona says:

      What I mean “agree” is that a government official who “bribes” a journalist is criminally liable contrary to your belief in your article here that the briber is not.

    • 39.2
      Rene-Ipil says:

      Leona@39

      The operative phrase is “a public officer discharging his official functions”. Example, a mayor discharging his function of issuing business permit to a person or entity. If unwarranted, etc., it is a corrupt act. The question is “Is giving cash to media, using his own money, a violation of anti-graft law? I don’t think so. Providing support or assistance to media thru cash incentives is not a function of public officers. But giving people’s money to media is, I believe, malversation of public fund at the least.

      • 39.2.1
        leona says:

        @Rene-Ipil…the SC in its reasoning as to the acts committed under Sec. 3(e) by the accused Ambil, Jr [ the governor] said, quote:

        “Needless to state the resulting violation of the Anti-Graft Law did not proceed from the due performance of his duty or lawful exercise of his office.”

        The Court found the governor Ambil, Jr. exceeded his authority in the acts committed. So, from my understanding, the Court did not say the officer’s act must be in “discharging his official functions.” The quoted portion above includes and can “cover” acts not “in the discharge of his official xxx functions” Sec. 3(e) of the Law. If “exceeding in authority” is understood as “not proceeding from due performance of a duty or lawful exercise of office” bribery to mass media people by a gov’t official, is not “in the performance of duty or lawful exercise thereof,” as stated in these cases, Sec. 3(e) is violated under this provision of the law.

        The decision gives a sweeping reasoning for coverage of acts in violation under Sec. 3(e) on corruption through bribery in this law. My opinion. It is “Graft and Corrupt Act” as understood.

        • 39.2.1.1
          Rene-Ipil says:

          Leona @ 39.2

          In the SC decision you cited he Supreme Court said in regard to elements of violation of Section 3(e) of RA 3019.

          “In order to hold a person liable under this provision, the following elements must concur: (1) the accused must be a public officer discharging administrative, judicial or official functions; (2) he must have acted with manifest partiality, evident bad faith or gross inexcusable negligence; and (3) his action caused any undue injury to any party, including the government, or gave any private party unwarranted benefits, advantage or preference in the discharge of his functions.

          “As to the first element, there is no question that petitioners are public officers discharging official functions x x x.”

          The Supreme Court also said in regard to the justifying circumstances cited by the accused:

          “Needless to state, the resulting violation of the Anti-Graft Law did not proceed from the due performance of his duty or lawful exercise of his office.”

          It is clear that the above statement of the SC refers to the justifying circumstance on the commission of a crime. But I think you have a good point in saying that an exceeded authority is no authority at all. However, the SC already emphasized beforehand that the accused were public officers discharging official functions.

  6. 38
    Johnny Lin says:

    Reality evolution of newspapers:

    Long time ago in the nineteenth century, Thomas Jefferson said: “Advertisements contain the only truth to be relied on in a newspaper”

    Currently, truth in advertising is even wanting!

    Success is evident in the fourth estate, From Lying to Bribery/ Extortion
    Or is it progress?

    He he he!

    • 38.1
      ed celis says:

      News for Sale
      The Corruption and Commercialization of the Philippine Media, 2004 Edition
      BY CHAY FLORENTINO-HOFILEÑA
      SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 4TH, 2004 · SHARE THIS STORY
      No one in journalism will deny that media corruption exists. There is contention only in the extent of the corruption and the damage it causes. This book, a sequel to the 1998 publication, which is also entitled News for Sale, documents corruption as it takes place in the single most important political exercise in a democracy: elections.

      This study shows both the remarkable continuity of the forms of media corruption as well as the new types of malfeasance that emerged in the 2004 campaign. As in the 1998 edition, this version of News for Sale relies heavily on documentation (such as rate cards of broadcast networks and solicitation letters sent by radio stations to politicians) and in-depth interviews with journalists, candidates, and the media handlers of politicians and political parties.

      All the information that has been used here has been counter-checked with at least one other source. Moreover, the author used only information that her sources knew first hand. Some interviewees, however, refused to be identified by name, but in citing them, the author tried as much as possible to describe in what capacity the source was talking to her.

      Chay Florentino-Hofileña, a veteran journalist and journalism educator, wrote both the 1998 and 2004 editions of News for Sale. This new edition was spurred by the realization that even as a large chunk of campaign budgets were going to political advertising, significant amounts of money were also being allocated to pay off journalists. Florentino-Hofileña also noted that because more and more celebrities entered politics, the entertainment press also strayed into political reporting. The forms of corruption that are the norm in the entertainment press were therefore introduced to the field of political coverage.

      This book discusses outright corruption as well as more subtle conflict-of-interest situations that confront journalists and news executives. It is our hope that by bringing these problems out into the open, the media, the public, and the politicians can take steps to do something about them.

      The media have emerged as probably the most important influence on how people vote. If the media do not perform well and if their coverage is skewed because of money and other considerations, then they do a disservice to citizens. They also stunt the development of electoral politics—and this could have tragic consequences on Philippine democracy.

      The book is available at the PCIJ office. For more information, email pcij@pcij.org or call (+632) 4319204.

      Posted in: Bookshop, Journalism/Media

    • 38.2
      macspeed says:

      Theres money in lying and any form of cover up…journalists somehow are similar to attorneys with respect to the client…

      during my college days, i only read the sports, comic page and horoscopes….he he he occasionally contents of headlines…where ever truth is evident and amusing…

  7. 37
    manuelbuencamino says:

    First step towards changing the behavior is by naming those who take bribes. Even more is to name those who do AC/DC journalism. We’ve heard there are some big names involved in this racket.

    • 37.1
      Johnny Lin says:

      Naming names not necessary.

      Initial step must come from publishers/editors in chief. They know who they are. Must pledge and forge a covenant among each others not to employ or utilize the services of the culprits. Nobody is indispensable.

      Tricky part is, will the owners cooperate? Publishing is a cutthroat business!
      Who is willing to sacrifice business for integrity and honesty in the profession?

      How many will be left considering Marites Vitug claims 80-90% are guilty?
      What a monster nurtured by greed!

      • 37.1.1
        leona says:

        @Johnny lin..I call that corruption within corruption…like Taal Lake … a lake within a lake. A monster…that has no dimensions…limitless – farther more than the mind can think!

        Greed! 5th Commandment…Thou shalt no steal! This covers all forms of stealing one of which is greed!

        Name another one…and another one…and so on and on…

        • 37.1.1.1
          Victin Luz says:

          in engineering term ma’am@Leona ………infinite corruption ( infinity ) I just don’t know how to post the engng. sign of INFINITY here. Yes an unlimited corruption, it can not be quantified or if you are going to integrate journalist corruption’s the exponent raises from 0 to INFINITY. ” walang hanggan “

      • 37.1.2
        manuelbuencamino says:

        Johnny Lin,

        Eh paano kung yun publisher/editor in chief ay corrupt din? Paano kung yun business niya ay dishonesty at lack of integrity, binibenta nga?

        • 37.1.2.1
          Johnny Lin says:

          @mb
          Sabi ko nga willingness ng owners at spelled sa covenant or treaty nila. They have to police themselves, do not accept the suspect as member of their group, scout honor. Example, there is a publisher in Central Luzon foreigner married to pampanguena, they publish their paper featuring politicians, praising them, print their good deeds at the same time inform and get consent of the subject beforehand in order for him/her to purchase wholesale the publication before printing who will distribute them for free in his jurisdiction. It is a legitimate business proposition, legal extortion/ bribery whatever. Profit of publisher is assured. The group of publishers could filter this rotten kind, if they have a honest manifesto. bottom line is integrity and honesty of legitimate owners/ publishers, even if there are only 3 or 4 of them. Public at netizens dapat sumo ports sa kanila. Same process we are doing with Rappler now because we the public trust their leaders. Interaksyon TV 5 online seems to be in right direction too. I can talk of the big 5 widely circulated morning newspapers but that is another story, in my personal analysis.

  8. 36
    Victin Luz says:

    @Josephf………..PARA SA IYO ITO ………. Other meaning or interpretation of DARK SIDE that doesn’t directly or automatically means DIRTY DEALS.

    If you JOSEPHF were a journalist your job/rule ( job description ) is to write EVENT’s righteously and truthfully , no MORE no LESS , ON TIME……I will repeat ON TIME especially if against ANY PERSON criminal acts ( with evidence but be careful of subjudice ) …..as a journalist like you@Josephf and in your hands are evidences then you have no right to be SILENT or SILENCE is not afforded to you at that moment.

    Now, since you were employed directly or indirectly to any person who had been charged of GRAFT and under investigation ( wala pa sa court ha ) and then you keep SILENT by not writing or broadcasting the same ,………. Here@Josephf their is no DIRTY DEALS to speak of but. ” mayroong DARK SIDE ”

    Hindi naman kayo nag usap o nag plano na wag mo siyang ilathala sa mga pahayagan ,pero dahil mga sa ikaw ay natanaw ng utang na loob sa gumawa ng KRIMEN at dahil na din na sya ang nagpapasahod sa iyo o marahil nahihiya kang kalabanin mo sya dahil natural sasama ang loob nya sa iyo kung isusulat mo nga sya…. at umiwas ka at hindi muna ilinagay sa dyaryo………..that was the DARK SIDE coming from Conflict of Interest @Josephf which has nothing to do with DIRTY DEAL’s barok.

    @comment # 4 @arsenio reyes @ Josephf

    • 36.1
      Victin Luz says:

      @Josephf …….pahabol in your country as you said at comment#4 ” dark side was something not nice ”

      I agree with you……pangit talaga , kaya nga Confict of Interest diba.

      Upon the declaration of LUCI TAN that he was the majority stock holder of PAL and being investigated of TAX EVASION ,,,,, @arsenio’s IDOL , MAX SOLIVEN should have resigned as editor/publisher of PAL MABUHAY magazines. SILENCE is not a defense of MAX for not condemning in writing the TAX cases of LUCI….fer.

      • 36.1.1
        Polpot says:

        Ergo, sin of omission and keeping quiet knowing fully well something fishy is happening that will cause the madlang public a huge price tag.

        • 36.1.1.1
          Victin Luz says:

          @polpot….. Tama ka dyan…….. Evasion of positive duty or virtual refusal to perform a duty enjoined to you being a journalist is wrong and much more if you were a multi – awarded journalist .

      • 36.1.2
        macspeed says:

        Dear Victin,

        he he he narito ka pala he he he musta na po.

        Yan ang hirap sa mga malakas kumita, nandadaya pa, di naman madadala sa hukay ang yaman…during question and answer sa judgment day ruled by the Almighty God, hindi tatanggapin anumang suhol kahit kasinlaki ng universe…paala ala sa mga sakim…
        kung ayaw nila magbayad ng tax, pede naman gastusin nila yun sa charity or share sa poor development program, then include in taxdeductions, then yun iba, pambayad sa writer…pede nyang pasulat mga good news without hesitation dahil positive act…

        • 36.1.2.1
          Victin Luz says:

          @mcspeed…. Mabuti naman po….iyon na mga sir, kung sino ang malaki ang kinikita iyon naman ang ayaw o kakaunti kung magbayad ng BUWIS . Sa aking pananaw kasi pag pinalusut mo ang isa at nalaman ng iba, iyong iba na dating nagbabayad ng tama, kulang na o ayaw na din MAGBAYAD.

          Maganda at napunta tayo sa blog na Ito sir, at least on our free time we can exchange the same views and sentiments and sometimes opposite with each others and a healthy exercise for us rather than playing games in the neighborhood ” na walang katuturan ” he he. see u friend always here.

    • 36.2
      vander anievas says:

      all those years, phil. star lang ang binabasa ko dahil kay max. although i stopped reading it nang yumao siya.
      kung totoo ang kwento sa mabuhay magazine nang mabili ni Luci ang PAL, para sa akin, conflict of interest iyon, maliwanag yun.
      sayang na impression.
      hindi ba delicadeza dictates a resignation right away he learned such a fact?
      kung nanahimik lang siya, ano ang maganda niyang dahilan?
      tama lang sigurong sabihing “dark side” iyan.

      • 36.2.1
        leona says:

        It’s only here I heard of such Mabuhay Magazine, etc. My gross ig…nce.

        …like the moon landing phrase…’one small dark side a great deep dive into by …

  9. 35
    andrew lim says:

    Hi Raissa,

    Just got back and got to read your SCMP piece while having coffee in Times Square, HK. Brilliant. You write daily for them?

    My comments on this issue:

    1. Asking govt to intervene here will be more problematic- issues on press freedom, etc. Better to have a self-regulating culture of integrity among the press.

    2. The market readership votes with their eyeballs and clicks or fingers anyway, and paid hacks are easily identified – and are treated accordingly. (or am I wrong? do some paid hacks get to achieve their objectives and maintain an image of integrity ?)

    What I mean to say is that (and these are my views) the likes of Tiglao, Magno, et al are outed already and are treated accordingly.

    Who reads Ninez Olivarez, for instance? Or Jojo Robles? Who respects them?

    • 35.1
      leona says:

      @Andrew lim…it is not working in that self-regulating body they have.On your No. 2, completely yes! They achieve their objectives and able to maintain their integrity.

  10. 34
    josephf says:

    sorry raissa i got now. my name would be then josephf. let me know if there are other with the same spelling. again im sorry.

  11. 33
    jcmqatar says:

    …when i was still working for a DPWH contractor in Quezon City during 90′s…may mga sikat na broadcasters na ang trabaho ay umarbor ng mga projects sa mga district engineers…kapalit ng hindi pag-batikos sa kanilang mga proyekto…ipina-pasa naman nila sa mga kakilala nilang contractor yung project kapalit ng 2-3% ng contract amount…although sa isang broadcaster lang ako nagkaroon ng personal na experience dahil ako mismo ang nagdadala ng pera sa opisina nya…pero kalat sa DPWH ang mga pangalan nila…ang iba ay sumubok sa pulitika…may nanalo, may natalo…di ko lang alam kung hanggang ngayon may mga kalakaran pa ding ganito…

  12. 32
    raissa says:

    @Joseph –

    I asked you before to please change your handle or name because another commenter named Joseph arrived here before you and the others would be confused if there are two Josephs here.

    Please change your handle and then I will post all your comments under the new handle.

    thanks.

    I am not censoring you.

    I’m just avoiding any confusion.

    • 32.1
      josephf says:

      at raissa

      this is yhe first time you said that to me. can you give a sample of his blog. if thats me i will change my name

  13. 31
    Rene-Ipil says:

    PNoy need not issue such executive order prohibiting public officers from doing “cash for coverage” act.

    R.A. 6713, the “Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials and Employees” provides:

    Section 4. Norms of Conduct of Public Officials and Employees. – (A) Every public official and employee shall observe the following as standards of personal conduct in the discharge and execution of official duties:

    c. They shall at all times respect the rights of others, and shall refrain from doing acts contrary to law, good morals, good customs, public policy, public order, public safety and public interest.

    Section 11. Penalties. – (a) Any public official or employee, regardless of whether or not he holds office or employment in a casual, temporary, holdover, permanent or regular capacity, committing any violation of this Act shall be punished with a fine not exceeding the equivalent of six (6) months’ salary or suspension not exceeding one (1) year, or removal depending on the gravity of the offense after due notice and hearing by the appropriate body or agency. If the violation is punishable by a heavier penalty under another law, he shall be prosecuted under the latter statute.

    (b) Any violation hereof proven in a proper administrative proceeding shall be sufficient cause for removal or dismissal of a public official or employee, even if no criminal prosecution is instituted against him.

    (c) Private individuals who participate in conspiracy as co-principals, accomplices or accessories, with public officials or employees, in violation of this Act, shall be subject to the same penal liabilities as the public officials or employees and shall be tried jointly with them.

    “Cash for coverage” is definitely contrary to good morals, good customs, public policy and public interest. Of course, PNoy does not have to remind public officers that “bribing” media is against government policy, although may not be punishable under the Revised Penal Code if the money given comes from their own pockets. But would anyone believe that money source?

    It is interesting that CIMA (Center for International Media Assistance) released on September 28, 2010 a report entitled “Cash for Coverage: Bribery of Journalists Around the World”.

  14. 30
    jose_ynigo says:

    Since you did not name the rotten tomatoes, can you please name the ones you know to be clean and ethical columnists? thanks and more power. I had the pleasure to have met Vergel Santos. He is a rare breed.

    • 30.1
      raissa says:

      Ay mahirap yan.

      People might conclude that those whom I do not name are corrupt.

      When the truth is, I can only name those who I have personal knowledge of.

      But Vergel is straight. Yes’ he’s a rare breed.

      • 30.1.1
        rallie florencio says:

        Vergel Santos is a friend whom I have met as a hardworking but a jolly good companion. Anyway, Speaking about corruption in the news media, it is not only in the Philippines. News writing have been a powerful source of information that can make or break a man including the powerful institutions of all sorts. Most members of that media know that. And since that many believe in that power, it will be a tempting field for those whose needs are more than what can satisfy them.
        There are few among you Raissa whom people can trust..Let us just hope for a time to come when the very ideal purpose of news writing will prevail most of the time.

        • 30.1.1.1
          AUGUST C FERNANDO says:

          To RALLIE FLORENCIO… any relation to my cousin the late GREG R FLORENCIO, JR, of TALIBA and Dept of Natl Defense? Please reply. Thanks, hijo.

    • 30.2
      yeheywater says:

      Nice try jose_ynigo. : )

  15. 29
    Mike Smith says:

    “I have been bribed with cash four times”
    Considering your now quite long career in journalism, four times does not seem to be very much. I guess your rebuffs, in the main, deterred further attempts.
    Well done, and best regards.

    • 29.1
      raissa says:

      Or I was just too naive to take the hint when a source tells me –

      what can I do for you?

      :)

  16. 28
    shiloh says:

    Looking forward the someday all things we call it ( Media professional Corruptions) is of things of the past, The world reality is more of the things we see and experiencing everyday. Meditate this verse, in Matthew 4:8-10 Still Satan own this world to those people who bow down unto him. I am not talking religion here. I am still believe that those people contaminated by this world, still has chance and hope to renew there senses. As saying goes ( No taker reduce giver – for corruption only). These media practitioner who started to cleanse up thier ranks, keep up the good works.

    I am very hopeful that do not be selective on reporting on things that will only promote yourself. I do not know if I am right in saying that media people can not report the corruption on thier ranks, or can we say, they can just tolerate. Question is this part of code of ethics. Changes is start from within, Love God above all, our country and people.

    Humble ourselve to Above, He will heal our Land. God blesses us all.

  17. 27

    THIS IS THE jewel in Ms Raissa’s crowning piece:

    “President Benigno Aquino III was right when he said rank-and-file reporters and correspondents ought to be paid better. But I would like to challenge PNoy to issue an Executive Order banning employees and officials in the Executive Department, including the police and military from giving mass media personnel cash or ATM load. I wonder if he will.”

    LET CPMers hold the jewel high up for everybody to see. That all CPMers as ONE challenge P Noy to prove his balls in his tuwid na daan to issue that EXECUTIVE ORDER. Let’s git and move our fingers on the keyboards.

  18. 26
    katataspulong says:

    now take it from Imee, Ilocos Sur Gov: “It’s the whole Filipino system—they really count on you, they have all these expectations. Your family is taking care of their family, which is taking care of your family, and it just goes on and on and on. It’s pretty feudal in the Philippines still, even though we like to fool ourselves.”

    your colleagues might lynch you for this, R.

  19. 25
    Parekoy says:

    Sa Pilipinas,

    una bibigyan ka ng pangmeryenda

    Pag umayaw ka, dadagdagan, pang dinner

    Pag ayaw tanggapin, pang Hongkong o Singapore na ticket.

    Yung mga Columnists, mas mahal yan. Yong iba directorships na malaki ang kita sa govt corporations.

    Ang media sa Pinas ay conglomerate, so yung Media side, insurance yan, pwedeng pang demolition sa kalaban.

    Powerful ang big media, ABS at GMA. Obvious naman na gusto rin ni Manny Pangilinan na may Media investment, sinimulan na ba sa TV 5? aBS- Lopez (yellow media), Inquirer- Belmonte, yung Malaya kay batanguenyo, Manila Standard at Tribune mga opposition. Tabloids pang masa, so masarap mantakot ng ma pulis, heneral, customs, mga jueteng Lord at iba pang mga Vice crimes.

    Yung mga big newspapers titirahin nyan ang mga big business, ma karibal sa pulitika.

    Merong hard approach sa pag bribe- garapal, meron din naman soft.

    I suggest ki Raissa na i-publish yung ga columnist na na appoint na mga director o may pwesto sa gobyerno samga nakaraan na administrasyon at sa current one.

    Sa pinas lahat na ng haligi ng gobyerno ay corrupt, media is known din na nalalagyan kaya nga may ‘intelligence fund’ para tumahimik ang media, pati simbahan nadale na rin.

    Yung mga cream of the crop law graduates ng UP saka Ateneo eh sila ang nagtatamasa ng kapangyarihan sa gobyerno, ergo malakihang kurapsyon ay crafted ng mga super bright na mga abogado, syempre yung PMA generals hindi pahuhuli, pano naman ang PNP, sabi ng reporter at correspondent, pano naman kami may pamilya din at may pangangailanan sa gastos sa pagpapaaral? Kungbsi tongressman bundat na sa pork barrel, si Senator papogi na meron pang aang milyong pork barrel, si Sec at si usec kailngan meron din, kasi bago nga ma release ang budget meron ng kaltas sa budget department crooks, pano naman si Gov at si Mayor? Sabi ni kapitan idol nya si Mayor so gaya rin, at hindi nagpahuli yung mga barangay kagawad at kailangan my pang toma at pulutan yung mga tanod.

    Yung ma media raw na hindi pa tumatanggap, sabi noong briber, ‘nagpapataas lang ng presyo yan’, at pag hindi pa nadala sa pakiusap baka ma riding n tandem, mas mura pa dahil hindi pa aman sikat si reporter.

    Pag sumikat na tulad ni Raissa, hahanap sila ng soft spots mo o achilles heel mo, then i-ooperate ka nila. Malaking pera, o intimidation pag nasakatan mo maigi sila sa mga articles mo. Pero as of now yung kapwa media people ang mababanas sayo dahil parang whistle blower ka, so baka ma otracize ka o kaya bigyan ka nila ng leads na maluryente ka as payback.

    So hwag na tayong magtaka kung may kurapsyon sa media dahil sa Pinas yan ang kalakaran.

    • 25.1
      raissa says:

      Marami naman sa media ngayon ay matino.

      Yung mababanas ang mga kumukuha lang.

      I’m sure lahat ng bansa may kurapsyon sa media.

      Kaya lang gusto nating linisin ang sa atin kasi bayan natin ito.

      • 25.1.1
        Parekoy says:

        May phases bago makurap ang isang tao, depende sa kanang pangangailangan at greed.

        Yung mga nagmamalinis, bale mas mahal yan. O di kaya pwede silang ma pa tahimik sa mga issues tulad ng:

        asawa nila o kapatid o magulang, i Appoint sa juicy position

        Yung anak nila maipasok sa mgandang trabaho

        O tulad noong kay Soliven sa Mabuhay- di hinay hinay sya kay lucifer.

        Bigyan sila ng side business or contract na legit para naman hindi makonsyensya yung nagmamalinis nyang ego.

        Takutin ng konti, tulad ng alam kung saan pumapasok ang anak at detailed schedule, tawagan sa phone.

        Yong style ni Escobar ng Columbia, bigyan ng dalwang package, isa laman malaking pera at isa ay bala.

        Kung tulad ni Dacer na hindi media kundi propagandist, hwag mamangka sa dalwang ilog at baka may mapikon. Sa dami ng pwedeng makinabang sa kanyang pagkawala, marami ring suspects. Si Lacson at Erap nagtuturuan, paano naman si Tabako.

        Kaya ang pinaka magaling na pseudo media propagandist o operator ay si Ronnie Puno. Pag sayo kakampi sayo talaga walang 123, kaya kahit kalaban respetado sya at mga pulitiko a nag bi bid makuha lang serbisyo nya. Madumi pero presidency ang nakataya. From there iooperate na rin kasali na ang media, kasi isa ang yang bahagi kung paano bilugjn ang pagiisip ng uto uto na pilipino. May kuwento na o script ang operasyon, kaya kung manalo ay parang legit, kahit meron palang Garci at Ampatuan.

        Naalala nyo ba noong panahon ni Erap, tinanggal nya ang ads sa mga newspapers na tumitira sa kanya. Hindi yan bribery pero titirahin ka sa kita.

        Bottom line, yung press ID ay currency rin. Nakikihati lang sa sa pera na galing sa kurapsyon.

        Hindi nyo ba nahahalata, yung mga lumalabas sa traditional media ay sanitized na?

        Isa sa script ay itong libel sa internet na gawingbcybercrime. Bakit, kasi itong mga Netizens na batikos ng batikos ay hinde ma bribe kasi anonymous, so sino ang susuhulan? Pero may konti pang paraan dyan, suhulan mo yung Admin ng site para makontrol ang topics at kung sino ang i allow na mga commenters. Pero pursige pa rin yan, kasi kahit si PNoy ay balat sibuyas din kaya nga payag din sya sa prvision na yan, kaso yung mga kakampi nya na mga bloggers ay pumiyok pati supreme court natakot yun TRO muna, palamigin baka later makalusot din.

        Kaya ako ay cynic at practical. Basahin ko lang ang issues na ma sinulat, alamin ang slant, fair ba? Hwag personalities dahil yang mga yan nagbabago sa panahon. Noon hanga ako kay Ninez, ngayon hinde ata napagbigyan ng Aquino administration sa ibang bagay kaya ayon high blood lagi at hindi na balance ang approach. Si Conrad mostly magaganda ang opinions, pero yung kapatid nya ay naipasok ata sa gobyerno kaya nagkaron ng doubt yung integrity nya. Yung pagkampi ni Conrad kay kabarilan Puno dahil nasa campo ni Ochoa at kontra Mar ay minsan natetesting yung kanyang integrity.

        Siguro ang isang halimbawa na maganda ay itong tulfo Brods at si Mon mismo. Dami nila tinitira, pero may mha akusasyon din na shakedown daw. Si mon tinira nya si mike arroyo pero pakana ng selos na Gloria para ilabas si Vicky Toh saka kapatid na malaking isda sa customs transactions. Tatapang pati sa mga ordinaryong petty criminals at kung murahin ay akala mo wala ng due process, pero kay Claudine lang pala sesemplang.

        Advice…

        Hwag magmalinis, hwag tirahin kapwa media, to each his own. Dapat last priority na tirahin ang kapwa media, mas kakampi ko sila mas maigi at magaan sa trabaho. Tirahin yung mga pulitiko na hindi matino at ibang issues, ihuli ang media. Kailangan mo ng katulong, itong ibang bulok na media people ay babaligtad yan at kakampi sayo pagnagkaipitan, pero kung may history na pati sila ay tinitira mo ng una, malabo yan. Strategy of life ang kailangan, machiavellian din dapat approach.

        • 25.1.1.1
          yeheywater says:

          Magaling ang obserbasyon mo Parekoy…huling huli mo abay.

        • 25.1.1.2
          Johnny Lin says:

          @parekoy
          Mon tulfo may medical foundation every year ang medical mission sa ibat ibang lugar. ang big donors niya sa panahon ni Pandak ay si Genuino at Baby/Bong Pineda. Dati si Mike bigay din dati.

          Totoo, magandang hangarin ang ginagawa nung foundation niya pero hindi sangkalan na tumanggap ng donasyon sa mga taong suspetsado. Dapat isoli niya yung na donate ni Genuino lalo na ngayun may kasong malaki si Genuino at isoli din lahat ng binigay ng mga Pineda.

          Totoo, one is innocent until proven guilty pero totoo din where there is smoke there is fire. In order not to feel the heat stay out of the kitchen. It is the right thing to do. Making excuses for justification is dishonorable.

          Meron malinis na kumpanya na gustong tumulong. Wag tanggapin galing sa kurakot na kumpanya lalo na yung posibleng involve sa smuggling, tax evasion at paglustay o pagsira sa kalikasan.

          Meron ibang mabubuting tao na gustong tumulong kaya pagtanggap ng alay galing sa mga taong diskompiyado ang pinanggalingan ng pera, pinakamabuti wag makisawsaw, wag tanggapin, isoli kung tumanggap galing sa taong konektado sa jueteng, pagcor at political gunlords. tawag dun deliadeza at matinong kaisipan. Kahit ano pa ang kabutihan nagawa walang kwenta kapag may bahid ang pinanggalingan ng perang ginamit. Kung walang magdonate na walang bahid ang tao, ganun talaga pero honorable ka naman, may delikadeza. End does not justify the means.

          Tingnan lahat ang nasulat ni Mon kung pinuri niya sina Pineda at jueteng at Genuino at ilang beses napuri. Dun makita ang tunay na katauhan ng foundation. Verifiable items ang mga ito sa Inquirer columns archives ni Mon.

          Dapat ang management ng Inquirer kung nakita ang list of donors naglagay ng waiver sa newspaper nila na sinabihan si Mon na pinasosoli yung nadonate ni Genuino at Pineda o hindi pinayagan si Mon isulat niya sa column yung mga questionable donors. Yung ang honest publisher.

          • 25.1.1.2.1
            raissa says:

            Tulfo took Genuino’s side here, but this is only one article and hardly establishes a pattern –
            http://www.accessmylibrary.com/article-1G1-233595552/former-pagcor-chief-humiliated.html

            Former Pagcor chief humiliated.
            Philippine Daily Inquirer | July 31, 2010 | Copyright
            Byline: Ramon Tulfo
            EFRAIM Genuino, former chair of the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp. (Pagcor), paid his successor, Bong Naguiat, a visit a few days after he was replaced.
            It was a courtesy call on his successor, and Genuino also wanted to offer a helping hand in case Naguiat would have difficulty in the first few months running the government-owned gaming firm.
            Genuino probably regretted making that call because he was humiliated in front of his former subordinates.
            Before he was allowed to enter Naguiats office, the former Pagcor chair was frisked by his successors bodyguards who demanded that he leave the bag he was carrying outside.
            He was only allowed to bring in his bag after he appealed to the guards, since the bag contained important documents.
            In the conference room where Genuino was received, Naguiat sat across the table at the far end.
            Naguiat told his predecessor there was pressure from upstairs to make life hard for him.
            Dont the Jesuits at the Ateneo de Manila University, from which the President and Naguiat graduated, teach their students magnanimity?
            * * *
            Naguiat probably has forgotten, or failed to come across the Filipino saying: He who climbs the highest pole takes the hardest fall.
            Or has he forgotten what Jesus of Nazareth said: He who exalts himself shall be humbled, and he who humbles himself shall be exalted.
            Naguiat should also be reminded of the law of karma: What you do to your fellowman will come back to you.
            * * *
            Boxing idol and Sarangani Rep. Manny Pacquiaos sister, Isidra P. Paglinawan, is allegedly involved in illegal gambling in General Santos City.
            Paglinawans house was raided by the police on suspicion it was being used in running the Last 2 numbers game.
            Last 2 bettors pick the last two digits of winning lotto numbers.
            Seized during the raid were gambling paraphernalia and thousands of pesos believed to be gambling bets.
            Paglinawan apparently thinks power is transferable.
            Since her brother is already a congressman, she thinks she can violate laws.
            * * *
            Who is this woman in Camp Crame who deals with jueteng lords, using her husbands name?
            The husband is a top official of the Philippine National Police.
            Yes, you guessed it rightshes fronting for her husband.
            ***
            If Interior Secretary Jesse Robredo wants to know the lifestyle of police generals and senior colonels, he should go around Camp Crame and look at the garages of their quarters.
            Robredo, who lives simply, will find the latest model BMWs, Mercedes Benzes, Volvos, Expeditions and Land Cruisers parked in those garages.
            Because of the nature of their job, banks dont give PNP officers loans to buy cars, much more the expensive ones.
            How did these PNP officers get to own those luxury vehicles?

            • Johnny Lin says:

              One article does tell the entire story.

              Pattern includes putting Genuino name as big donor of his medical foundation, good deeds done in the past, not writing about Genuino and his sons current legal situation as well as avoiding to write about the connection of Soriano with Genuino and Mike when no names non front page personalities were mentioned easily. Pattern includes written praises and unwritten avoidance of issues of a controversial suspicious plunderer of government assets and possible bribery conduit donating to journalist’s medical foundation. End does not justify the means.

              An honest person will return the donations given when the controversy was exposed or promise to return the donations if the donor is convicted. Nada! This issue is not different when Lucio Tan admitted PAL ownership and Soliven did not resign as publisher of Mabuhay magazine.

              As I said, read all Tulfo articles mentioning Genuino names and when Genuino was in front page without Tulfo talking about him. Also the names of the donors in his medical foundation printed annually since Genuino headed Pagcor. Since Naguiat took over Pagcor, count how many times Tulfo put his name in his columns, at least 3 times in my recollection but never once about Genuino and Okada alleged connection especially lately.

          • 25.1.1.2.2
            Parekoy says:

            Etong si Mon ay talagang questionable yan. Marami rin siempreng padrino at proteksyon, kasi banatan mo ba naman mga heneral at mga may yagbols din, di ibig sabihin nagsusugal din si Mon ng buhay nya. Pero may kita rin yan, may Tv orogram na may column na di mas powerful ang dating kuno. Kung ako ay tirahin at guilty dapat ayusin agad para hwag na lumala tutal konti lang naman yan kumpara sa mga nakulimbat ko, di subukan areglohin, yun ay kung papayag si Mon?

            Yung mga foundi-foundation na yan ay lumang style nayan. Yjng iba legit, pero yung iba ay naging intrumento ng laundering. Naalala nyo yng foundation ni Erap na navulgar nong impeachment nya? Erap muslim foundation ba yon, may mahigit 200milyonnata pero naglaho ba yon na parang bula ng makulong sya?

            Kung yun ngang mga Sendong victims at similar na colecta pag may nasalanta ng bagyo o sakuna, yung pang charity collections ay grabe ang administration fee tulad daw ng mga network ABS? At ibang collection center grabe bawas na sana ay para sa mga victims, eh yun pa kayang may masamang balak?

            Kanyakanyang hanapbuhay, mahirap din ang buhay ng mga press people, iilan lang ang talagang malaki sahod. Similar din yan sa mga nagtratrabaho sa gobyerno, mga isang kahig din yung karamihan, so ripe sila sa bribery o anuman na padulas dahil sapangangailangan. So nagiging New Normal na o kalakaran dahil accepted na ang sistema na madumi.

            Naalala ko relative ko, maganda ang sahod sa private pero noong may opening sa BIR nag apply kahit mas mababa ang sahod natanggap na pero tinanong ng tatay kumbakit pinili ang masmababang sahod at mahirap ang usad ng promotion, di makasagot, sabi ng tatay magnanakaw ka ata ng pera na para sa bayan. Natauhan at hindi na pumasok sa BIR.

            So kahit saan naman may kurapsyon, pero yung degree iba. Bakit halos magpatayan sa pwesto sa Customs. Yung pinalitan ng pinsan ko sabi kahit daw walang sahod basta nandon pa rin sya sa pwesto-meaning sahod ay peanuts yung lagay ay katumbas ng ilang taon na sahod. Mas maganda nga naman sa Customs kahit hindi mo tirahin ay lalapit sayo para ka lagyan- ‘laughing money’ tawag dyan dahil tuwang tuwa yung nagbibigay. Sa BIR yung maglalagay ay dahil naiipit nung examiner- ‘Crying Money’ tawag dyan, umiiyak yung naglalagay. Sa NBI daw mahina kita kaya karamihan ng abigado ayaw pumasok dahil mababaril ka na hina pa kita. Immigration malaki rin kasi per head ng Bumbay magkano na, yun pang galing sa china at yun pang mga drug dealers. Di ba noon sikat si Brenda sa Immigration? DPWH tagal na yan, tanungin nyo si Bong Revilla kung bakit gustong gusto nya as committee chairman ng public works na minana nya pa sa tatay nyang Nardong Putik. Si Sotto sa drugs bayun na committee? Yung sa Finance, big business yan so malakihan, sa Communications, sa Energy, Mining wow mga hinde maingay sa media kasi Executive ang mga decisions nyan at intricate so yung tao nahihilo sa issues. Tingnang nyo yung Meralco lutong lugaw, charge lahat sa customer kahit power loss nila na dahil sa incompetency nila, pero dahil Lopez lakas ki PNoy, Tubig yari din. Yung toll roads na tapis ng bayaran ng tao, tapos may maiklingbsegment na binago toll to the max na naman. Judges-hoodlum in robes daw, si fixcal in rin.

            So Executive, Legislative, Judicial branches talamak ang kurapsyon. Yung fourth state na media na ang role ay bale checker ng katiwalian ng mg 3 branches ay nakukurap din. Sa mga malaking issue yung may ari ang dapat ka deal, pag medium lang yung editor, pag maliit yung reporter o columnist. So ibaiba ang presyo nyan assuming na tumatanggap.

            Mabuti na lang may fifth state- Netizens!

            Proven nayan sa egypt, Libya, syria, middle east at mga iba pang galing sa dictatorships.

            Yung kasing bloggers madaling mahalata kung bayaran lalo na pag promotional or advertorial ang dating, so yung mga followers check din yung blogger. Ito yung ideal dahil democratic ang dating, free market and survival of the ones who have more integrity. Yung tao ayaw niloloko so yung eyeballs ay nakatutok kung interesting and honestly done yung piece.

            So Netizens tayo na ang huling pagasa para mabawasan ang abuso ng mga makakapal na parasites ng ating bansa. Dami na nating progress: Corona, Internet libel provision sa cybercrime law, Sotto’s plagiarism and his chutzpa, ongoing discussion of political dynasty at marami pang darating! Mabuhay tayo dahil mahirap tayong ibaon ng payloader ng mga ampatuan, saan nila tayo hahanapin:-)

    • 25.2
      pinay710 says:

      @parekoy, sir, para kang champion sa bowling STRIKE!! ehehehehe totoo yan mula noon hanggang ngayon. pero mas garapal ngayon dagdag mo pa sir sa showbizz.

      • 25.2.1
        vander anievas says:

        tama ka @parekoy,
        wala nang imposible sa Pinas kung kurapsyon ang pag-uusapan. ang usapan diyan ay hindi na ang mga industriya o ahensya, kundi sa edad na ng sambayanan, kailan ba nagsisimula ang kurapsyon, labing-anim na taong gulang, o labing-walo, o bumababa na ba hanggang sa12 yrs old?
        nasa sa bawat tao na siguro iyan, o pwedeng sa pagpapalaki na ng mga magulang.
        malungkot pero iyan ang katotohanan.
        lahat na siguro tayo ay nakaranas na makasaksi ng mga pangyayari at pagdating na sa dyaryo ay nag-iiba na ang istorya ng nasaksihang pangyayari. alalahanin nating ang pahayagan ay itinayo para pakinabangan, negosyo, pulitika, showbiz, ekonomiya, etc. marami yan. at base na rin sa objective at standard ng nagtatayo at nagpapalakad ng media ang mga ipinapahayag o hindi gustong ipahayag.
        sa maikling salita, ang media ay ginagamit na kasangkapan sa kung ano ang pakay ng nagtatatag nito.

  20. 24
    priscila sereno -reyes says:

    off the topic,please help me to communicate sa department of agriculture,di namin malaman ang reason kung bakit pababang pababa ang price ng niyag(copra) wala ng macopra dahil sa bagyo pina mumura pa .walang price control kung ano lang ang ibigay na price ng mga malalaking mamimili.walang sytema kawawa naman ang mag kokopra 2week nilang gagawin ang kaparti ay 1k lang.gusto ko lang makatulong sa magkokopra sa amin ,please help me.thank you

    • 24.1
      raissa says:

      Can you be more specific?

      Magkano ba noon at ngayon ang copra.

      • 24.1.1
        priscila sereno -reyes says:

        last 2or 3 year ago e nag 30 to32 pesos per kilo ng kopra this month Nov. 13pesos na lang .iam talking sa Quezon province pag malayo from the city mas mura pa.wala kasing bargainning power ang mag kokopra kung ano lang ang sabihin ng mamimili ay iyon na lang .kokonti na lang ang bunga dahil sa bagyo wala namang solution ang govt.sa ganitong problem.mag try lang ako mag tanong sa sa kinauukulan kung may change.naawa na ako sa mga tao sa amin ang dami pa nilang anak e ,marami ang nagugutom,hindi lahat nakakatangap ng pera from DSW.hindi ko kasi sila kayang tulungan lahat .baka sa ganitong paraan ay may magagawa.

        • 24.1.1.1
          leona says:

          @prescila…sorry, something wrong happened my writing this. But to go to your point of problem, pag na tamaan ang nguog, 3 years walang bungga yan. Kailangan mag tanim ng iba “crops” sa lupa…ilalim ng trees! Like camote, tomatoes atbpa.

          It the price is down due to artificial manipulations by corruptions, PNoy may not know about this. It happened in the past like when Sen. Pelaez complained that the copra was so low here at P2/kilo but abroad was P8/kilo. He started complaining at the Batasan then. Afterwhich he and his driver were ambused, patay ang driver, si Senator critically wounded. “What’s happening to our country, General?” He asked.

          Sino ang manipulators noon? Buhay pa sila yata…yun isa pumanao na sa Visayas.

          Check if corruptly manipulated ang copra prices. Who is behind it? Dami dito sa atin baka may mga coconut plantations din who are affected with this copra low price report.

    • 24.2
      vander anievas says:

      @p-s-reyes,
      malungkot iyan. P13 per kg ng kopra?
      ang bentahan ng buko sa metro-manila ay nasa P21-25.00 bawat isa. ang buko pie naman ay P120-165.00 ang isang box na 12″x12″x2.” ang laki. baka pwede nilang gawing buko juice o buko pie ang produkto nila sa panahong mura ang bentahan ng kopra.
      pwede rin nilang gawing VCO(virgin coconut oil) na napakataas ng halaga sa merkado.
      pwede ring nata de coco or coco jam.
      may ahensya tayo o kooperatiba na makakapag-organisa ng kooperatiba at makakapagturo sa mga kaanib upang gawing high-value product ang niyog na inaani nila.
      ang kulang diyan sa tingin ko ay kaalaman at puhunan para sa ating mga kapatid na magniniyog

      • 24.2.1
        priscila sereno -reyes says:

        sana naman ay tulungan ng govt.turuan ang mag kokopra kung ano ang dapat gawin
        sa amin ay saging ang nasa ilalim ng niyog. sa malawak ang niyogan hindi nila nararamdaman ang pag baba ng preyo ng kopra,kawawa ay iyong nakiki kopra lang ,
        masyado siguro na napakalayo ng mga niyogan sa kabihasnan.
        @leonna,siguro kaya tahimik ang mag kokopra e dahil natatakot mag complain.

        • 24.2.1.1
          leona says:

          @priscila…punta sa gobernor or mga mayor sa lugar.Tanong…bakit? ‘O i-sigaw kay PNoy paraan sa DILG Sec. Mar Roxas!

          Yun Obispo nyo, baka may SUV, hiramin nyo, punta kay Sec. Roxas!

          Kilos! [ 'di yun timbang ng kopra ito ] ACTION! Sa probinsiya kayo, ACTION KILOS kayo!

  21. 23
    joseph says:

    i believe corruption is so deeply rooted in filipino culture. its their heart and soul that if you try to eliminate corruption the country will die.

    • 23.1
      Rene-Ipil says:

      Joseph2@23

      If you are a Filipino, please tell us how corruption became your heart and soul. Can you serve as an example or model of a corrupt Filipino? How about your family and your clan? Your neighbors and community? Are they all corrupt?

      • 23.1.1
        Rolly says:

        Mukhang hindi Filipino yang si Josephf, baka Chinese, kung Pinoy man, hindi marunong managalog. Siya rin yata ang Joseph na nagrereklamong sini censor ang postings niya.

        • 23.1.1.1
          leona says:

          …isang sabi nya…born daw sya sa English-speaking country. Tama ka @Rolly!

        • 23.1.1.2
          josephf says:

          yeah right chinese? hahaha
          you guys don’t like it when being confronted with questiions you cannot answer truthfully answer cuz you got nothing. you just want everybody to agree with all of you. anybody who raised questions is taboo specially when it goes against your ststement.

          welcome to the real word. wake up and smell the flowers

      • 23.1.2
        josephf says:

        we have graft and corruptio where i live but if someone spilled the the beans or opened a can of worms, we do something about. here is an example: scooter libby and the journalist who linked the info about cia operative.

        libby and the journalist’s careerare ruined forever

  22. 22
    parengtony says:

    Oh wow. What a piece! Bravo!

    I dunno where to start but I recall I made a comment on a much earlier Raissa blog asking about why “hard news” reporters are routinely able to get away with blatant “editorializing” in what are suppose to be “news articles”. Based on Raissa’s explanations here about the role of editors vis a vis news articles submitted by hard news reporter and based as well on my personal opinion that editorializing in a news article is so easy to detect, it seems safe to assume that those nagbubulagbulagan editors are in cahoots with the payola givers and takers. But, what about the higher ups? These are big institutions -Inq, ABS, GMA, Philstar, etc- with in-house ombudsmen. Where does the buck stops?

    I also recall what a friend told me that Tabako was quite a kuripot person but, being the psy-war expert that he is, he pioneered the practice of allocating huge budgets for PR. The success and effectiveness of this strategy is validated by the minimal stench that came out despite the numerous controversial transactions involving humongous amounts of money during his administration.

    Obviously, the practice has become more and more rampant as was seen in the many outrageous spins that came out during the Corona trial.

    In the USA, corruption in media is much less evident. Why? Well, that, and how it relates to the Philippine media, is another (interesting) story.

    • 22.1
      joseph says:

      to parengtony

      why would discuss here something you heard from a friend? thats a hearsay. you wanna look clever don’t indulge in hearsay.

      • 22.1.1
        leona says:

        @parentony…may RTC judge dito or baka retired! Higpit sa ebidensya! Hearsay daw! Raissa, nasa loob ba tayo ng Court room? May kaso ba being tried dito? Ano kaya, ma contempt tayo?

        Attention Your Honor: YOU’RE IN THE WRONG FORUM! Inhibit ka muna!

        • 22.1.1.1
          parengtony says:

          I can only surmise that Joseph posted his comment in defense of someone. I wonder if his strong negative reaction (spiced up with personal insults) indicates some degree of participation in past/present PR activities of that someone? In any case, the truth of what my friend told me is by and large verifiable. And many of those who were/are involved are still around.

          • 22.1.1.1.1
            leona says:

            …baka dating defense team member ni TJ…and yea, he called me and @johnny lin names like retards atbpa…insults nga! He couldn’t parry like Manny Pac…so? ad homi na lang. …born and raised in an English-speaking country! SUSMA!

          • 22.1.1.1.2
            josephf says:

            @rpareng tony

            whats wrong with you? not because i asked questions i worked for the other side or the side that you guys are attacking in here. im just asking for clarity and veracity of waht you guys are saying in here? is it tue? is it a hunch or what? instead just answering you surmised (in your own words and pretty strong word) i am for the other side. why not just answer the question? instead of attacking the one who just wants clarity?

            if you don’t to answer thats fine just say so? unless you can not answer it

        • 22.1.1.2
          josephf says:

          @leona

          so what is this just gossip section? remember your pareng tony reveal a name called tabako? so your pareng tony is aboslutely referring to somebody it might be a monicker name but everybody in your country knows who tabako? unlessyou guys are all for gossip. LEONA YOU ARE THE ONE ON THE WRONG VENUE. I BELIEVE THIS FORUM IS FOR WELL DEVELOPED BRAIN THAT CAN ATTEST AND HOLD WATER WHEN SCRUTINIZED NOT SAYING OH I HEARD FROM LEONA BEC LEONA HEARD IT FROM PARENTONY. SO WHO SHOULD INHIBIT YOU OR YOUR PARENTONY OR BOTH?

          WELL UNDER DEVELOPED BRAIN ARE USUALLY RETARD

        • 22.1.1.3
          josephf says:

          @leona

          when someone insinuated or mention some monicker name/s and well known monicker names its called accusing or alleging. then be ready to support your allegations if you may if i worded it this way. so that when they start scrutinizing what you said you can REBUTT them with facts NOT HEARSAY.

          im glad i had a friend who can translate what you said. your RUDE among the breeds of filipino i have seen in this forum. does your mama never tod=ld you not to be rude. unless your a retard.

      • 22.1.2
        Rene-Ipil says:

        Joseph2 @ 22.1

        Parengtony testified (without oath) on an independently relevant evidence. He did not testify on the truth of what he heard but only on the fact about what he heard. Did you not learn that during the Corona trial when the prosecution told the senate what Megaworld said about the 40% discount given to Corona?

        • 22.1.2.1
          leona says:

          Confusion…may “f” or no “f” ang mga “josephS” dito…anyway asking for “facts” or evidence so much of it, here in this monitor of our PCs, via “words” written here, does not upgrade one to be one good blogger. This is sharing of what one has, whether, really one is with “facts,” or evidence [ sa court room trial lang yan ]. The important thing is the “news” one is giving out. It may not be true accurately. It maybe incorrect unintentionally also. Don’t know which joseph here should avoid demanding such “true facts supported by applying strictly rules on evidence.” If you JOSEPH can’t take one’s “news” here, let it go. Don’t be so chevalier like a knight in shining armor defending unknown others. Are you paid here to take up the cudgels for that? Be contented what you read, could be lies or true stories. Have some fun!

          Stop picking others! You’re not childish, are you? HAVE SOME FUN! I’m not continuing to make a reply to you or others you picked on here! Boring!

          • 22.1.2.1.1
            Rolly says:

            @leona

            This joseph who change his handle to josephf is the second one, after the first Joseph called Raissa’s attention. He sounds like an aristocrat, but spoiled brat.

            He may also be the joseph who posted the below comment:

            by joseph # 29 (Political Dynasties and the Maguindanao Massacre)

            why is my comment awaiting moderation? if it does not contain profanities let it through even if its pro or con to anyone’s opinion unless there is there is CENSORSHIP in your website then there is no freedom of speech that you are trying to advocate.

            • leona says:

              …I’m now effectively using Avast now…free edition! Avast will know if the first or the second one …or rolled into one! Use Avast. @Rolly! @Victin luz @johnny lin @parentony @parekoy @Rene-Ipil @…

              • joseph says:

                Una, marunong akong magbasa, sumulat at umintindi ng TAGALOG; (Pinanganak at nagka-isip sa Cavite)

                2nd, I could also read, write & understand English fairly well;

                3rd, not only do I appreciate the exchange of ideas & opinions here, but I’m also getting educated (silently . . .);

                4th, @Rolly, your correct: my 1st comment on Pol. Dynasties was when I called Raissa’s attn; my tnx to Raissa & joke to @Leona; and

                5th, for a time, I thought the name Joseph is “cute” – w/c is my true name, of course & synonymous to wisdom. Now, I doubt it. And you guessed right …

  23. 21
    AUGUST C FERNANDO says:

    Thanks for this revelatory piece, Raissa. But methinks you just expand and provide some concrete — albeit not shown — evidences of what that non-angelic cigarette tycoon HARRY STONEHILL once said.. Sumzing along this line” “Those blankety-blank mediamen are leeches once you get to know them.”

    BTW, I wanna hazard a guess about who was that “revered icon of journalism”. you mentioned, Raissa. Did he went by the initials TFV? I know the other icon of journalism named Max Soliven — my idol — would not do such a thing.

    • 21.1

      Max Soliven is my idol too. Well, for TFV, I think he is the one much maligned when he was still yet alive.

      I say let them rest in peace. They cannot defend themselves now. Anyway they faced
      judgment already beyond this life.

      The people and the government must deal with the present.

      I think the Jesus biblical command is still relevant . It’s something like “…listen to what they say, do not imitate what they do..” (He was referring to the Pharisees, I think). As we know, the Pharisees were “white sepulchres”, white on the outside, but corrupted in the inside, hypocrites. They taught but didn’t obey what they preached or taught. Sounds like grandstanding also.

  24. 20
    Rene-Ipil says:

    Corruption in media is an old story. But it appears now that corruption in media is the standard rather than the exception.

    The purpose of media is to tell the people what is truly happening in our country. Good and bad. But it seems that the news and opinions that the public get are those good for the pockets of the journalists and their benefactors. Without the money to grease the media machinery, conscientious and honest government officials are usually ignored, if not vilified, for them to come across and.

    So, what information do the people usually receive from media? Those that are misleading, if not deceiving. In that case, overwhelming corrupt politicians are re-elected while the few honest politicians are replaced by the voters who are either corrupt or deceived by media or clueless.

    Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, China including Hongkong and Malaysia have a common thread. They are all prosperous countries. Another common feature is a restrictive rule on media. Criticism on government is limited, at least to what is true. In these countries, the media strictly police itself, truly collaborate with good government and exercise restraint in criticizing the government.

    Philippine media has been developed in line with US media standard which may not be really applicable to Filipino and asian culture and temperament. Is it not about time to rethink and develop an appropriate Philippine media policy?

    • 20.1
      leona says:

      @Rene-Ipil…yes. The media or people should [borrowing your phrase ] ‘rethink and develop an appropriate Philippine media policy’ like Singapore, SK, Taiwan and China as what’s good for us and our real own too!

      And give our media people in good bona fide standing, a break like granting them subsidy payment…I like P5,000.00 from each national and local governments! This is without prejudice to whatever they earn otherwise. This will stop or minimize some selling their souls to corruptions.

      • 20.1.1

        Mentioning souls and corruption at the same time, there’s a common thread among countries (Singapore, Malaysia, SK. Taiwan and China even the U.S.A.) about their media; they don’t have the BISHOPS that we have. Indeed we truly have developed a UNIQUE God fearing media all our own. Mr. A. Lim in his studies might be able to connect the distant dots.

  25. 19
    bengo says:

    Corruption…corruption… is true in all professions in our country. The citizenry must fight back and restore dignity in all our work and dealings. Let’s condemn doctors receiving freebies from pharmas, lawyers, judges, policemen, prosecutors, military men and jail officers fixing cases, engineers using substandard materials, and so on.
    MR. PRESIDENT, CUT-OFF THE HEADS ( i am literal ) OF THESE PEOPLE IN THEIR BARANGAYS FOR EVERYBODY TO WITNESS AND SHAME THEIR CLANS IN THEIR OWN NEIGHBORHOODS.

    • 19.1
      leona says:

      @bengo…I fully agree! And just cremate the bodies!…spread into potter’s field.

    • 19.2
      leona says:

      @bengo, since corruption is mainly a root of slanted or lying of news reporting, etc., by some bad journalists and news reporters, maybe a suggestion is to GIVE all those in good bona fide standing in their profession MONEY…in the form of ALLOWANCES of at least P5, 000.00 monthly in the government’s NATIONAL BUDGET every year through their national organization.

      This will be done by use of the freedom of speech and of the press CLAUSE, Art. III SEC. 4 of our Constitution, enactment of a national law. Their professional acts are part and parcel of our democracy and freedom. If in Quezon City, all house or home owners were made to pay additional P900 a year as part of their Real Estate yearly Taxes for the use and purpose of “Informal Dwellers” or Squatters, why not the same idea for the journalists and news reporters? Only those registered and remain in good standing gets this payment.

      And with a national law on that, without prohibitions, cities and provincial governments may grant additional ALLOWANCES of same amount P5, 000.00 as counter-part from such local gov’ts. All this without prejudice to whatever one is earning or receiving in their own work or employment with private employers, etc.

      This may answer one blogger here @Grace Mary A. Tan who blogged at No. 3, ‘the government must do something about this’ plight of our journalists and news reporters.

      A 1000 Watts Candle light power?

      • 19.2.1
        raissa says:

        Sorry.

        That will never work.

        A journalist cannot accept any money from government.

        • 19.2.1.1
          leona says:

          That is correct Raissa. But many journalists are accepting money! The bad journalists. The idea is legal and moral. What about Bishops and priests, they also accept SUVs, Pajeros, Trucks, Hondas, Nissan, Toyotas! Yet, not one of them said it is wrong! Of course some returned what they received, NAHIYA LANG kasi galing kay GMA!

          Lobby money to legislators! Pork Barrels to all of them! Legal and not immoral.If a lot of people’s money is just handed to so many in the goverment and private sector, what’s really objectionable sharing it with good and honest journalists?

          No strings attached naman ito! Your tribe can still do their job as they see or want it in all candor and honesty. Unethical? I doubt under such ideal atmosphere. Many in this tribe resort to unethical conduct for one reason: the money side of it but it is illegal, immoral, etc.

          I think it will work. It just have not been done before. Philippines will be the FIRST on this practice in the whole world as part of doing good reforms in the profession of journalism.

  26. 18
    duquemarino says:

    @raissa
    If media (press) is considered as the fourth estate that has immense political and social power in influencing the public, could the first estate (religious leaders and the clergy) be remiss as well?

    • 18.1
      bengo says:

      Seems rhetorical to me. I am fast losing my faith on the catholic clergy even if I was baptized as one.

    • 18.2
      DaveofBacolod says:

      I believe the Clergy belongs to the 2nd estate, although the 1st estate (the secular rich and powerful) has a lot to answer as well :)

  27. 17
    Monty says:

    Off topic but related to corruption, will you be doing an in depth article on the Okada bribery case? I would love to see your take on this case, especially your research on the different personalities involved in this caper.

    • 17.1
      raissa says:

      I hope to.

      • 17.1.1
        parengtony says:

        Siguro napaka chismoso ko, but I am very curious to find out if the Las Vegas hotels at which Mike A stays at regularly, including, of course, that hotel whose room rate is said to be $20,000 USD per day, is in any way connected to Okada and/or Wynn. How about the hotels where Rene C stays at when he goes to Vegas?

        • 17.1.1.1
          Johnny Lin says:

          Mike stayed at MGM out of professional courtesy in casino industry to Pagcor during Genuino. MGM Mirage is a corporate conglomerate. Wynn used to own Bellagio/Mirage Vegas hotels in the late nineties when he sold to MGM group.

          Steve Wynn put up his Wynn/Encore properties in Vegas with financial infusion from his frenemy Okada, the pachinco king, making him instant corporate partner/investor.

          Rene C Vegas suite was compliment of a taipan with pending cases who has “whale” friends in Vegas providing the comps. Downside, no more free Pacquiao tickets next week for Rene.

          He he he

          • 17.1.1.1.1
            joseph says:

            @johnny lin

            do you had any proof of what your saying. if not shut up

            • raissa says:

              JOseph, I asked you before to please change your handle or name because another commenter named Joseph arrived here before you and the others would be confused if there are two Josephs here.

              Please change your handle and then I will post all your comments under the new handle.

              thanks.

              I am not censoring you.

              I’m just avoiding any confusion.

            • Johnny Lin says:

              @joseph
              Yes, the comp receipts from casino. Ask them to sign a waiver so we could obtain copies of the receipts from marketing how the comps were paid for

              • josephf says:

                why me to ask for a waiver you are the one that reveal it. i believe if you make your bed you should lay on it. if you have info no matter how sure you are about just like you said there was a comp receipts BUT cannot be produced, no offend, then your rrevelations won’t hold water. am i right? then now what are you trying to accomplished? are you just generating something to talk about? or better reveal your sources of info so people can go directly to your sources. you know well how privacy is protected in states. remember scotter libby?

              • Johnny Lin says:

                Joseph’s
                Told you only spoiled rats are spoonfed. Go to casino marketing and ask for receipts as proof. Personal proof, I also got free room comped and host knew. we also ate by chance together in same place at Joel Robuchon restaurant.

              • josephf says:

                @rene-ipil

                thats right avoid answering my inquiries you et al are not being criticzed just a guy asking question because i am in doubt of what you is true. just prove that im wrong and will accept otherwise fool yourselves and gang up on me. bring it on if you wanna gang up on me

              • Rene-Ipil says:

                August@december4, 2012 6:38PM post 17.1

                No need to justify to anybody the Filipino’s english proficiency. The Philippines was named the best in the world on Business English Proficiency. See the following article.

                PH: World’s best country in business English

                By Shielo Mendoza | Yahoo! Southeast Asia Newsroom – Wed, Apr 25, 2012
                Well, people will now have to think twice before mocking Pinoys’ use of the English language.

                The Philippines was named the world’s best country in business English proficiency, even beating the United States, according to a recent study by GlobalEnglish Corporation.

                GlobalEnglish has released early this month the results of its annual Business English Index (BEI), the only index that measures business English proficiency in the workplace.

                For 2012, results showed that from 76 represented countries worldwide, only the Philippines attained a score above 7.0, “a BEI level within range of a high proficiency that indicates an ability to take an active role in business discussions and perform relatively complex tasks.”

                “This is particularly interesting because the Philippines, a country with one-tenth of the population of India, recently overtook India as a hub for call centers. Over 400,000 Filipinos are now employed in call centers, roughly 50,000 more than in India,” the study said.

                The Philippines, which scored 7.11 and the lone country in the intermediate level, were joined by Norway (6.54), Estonia (6.45), Serbia (6.38) and Slovenia (6.19) in the top five.

                GlobalEnglish noted that a country’s business English capability is an indicator of its economic growth and business success.

                “It is not surprising that both the Philippines and Norway—the only two countries in the top five in both 2011 and 2012—are improving their economies, based on the latest GDP data from the World Bank,” it added.

                Meanwhile, struggling economic powers (Japan, Italy and Mexico) and fast-growth emerging markets (Brazil, Columbia and Chile) scored below a 4.0 in business English proficiency, placing them at a disadvantage when competing in a global marketplace, the study said.

                It also pointed out that shifts in global talent have put even English-speaking countries at risk.

                “Surprisingly the BEI score for global workers in the U.S. declined from 6.9 to 5.09 since the original 2011 BEI benchmark, which is attributed to a majority of test takers being foreign-born engineers and scientists,” the report said.

                Rest of the world ranked beginner and basic level

                Based on a scale of 1-10, the average 2012 BEI score across 108,000 test takers around the world is 4.15 which is lower than last year’s 4.46.

                Nearly four out of 10 (38.2 percent) global workers from 76 countries were ranked as business English beginners, meaning that, on average, they can’t understand or communicate basic information during virtual or in-person meetings, read or write professional emails in English or deal with complexity and rapid change in a global business environment, the study said.

                Meanwhile, the majority of global workers (60.5 percent) from the represented countries scored between a 4.0 and 7.0, below an intermediate level, indicating an inability to take an active role in business discussions or perform relatively complex tasks such as presentation development and customer or partner negotiations, it added.

                GlobalEnglish stressed that the 2012 BEI which showed a lack of business English proficiency is threatening the productivity of companies, industries and country-specific economies this year.

                “Poor Business English skills are bad for global businesses and this year’s Business English Index suggests that many companies will be hard-pressed to achieve their desired performance goals during 2012,” said Tom Kahl, GlobalEnglish President.

                “Addressing English skills gaps and ensuring that employees can immediately perform at the necessary proficiency level should be viewed as a strategic imperative for multinational businesses, as Enterprise Fluency, the ability to seamlessly communicate and collaborate within global organizations, can deliver significant financial upside,” Kahl added.

                Headquartered in Brisbane, California, GlobalEnglish works with multinational companies – including Cisco, Procter and Gamble, HSBC, Phzer – to support performance in business English across the workforce around the world.

                Here’s the list of the 10 best and worst countries in the world for business English proficiency based on GlobalEnglish’s 2012 BEI:

                10 Best Countries:
                Philippines
                Norway
                Serbia
                Slovenia
                Australia
                Malaysia
                India
                Lithuania
                Singapore
                Canada

                10 Worst Countries:
                Armenia
                Cote d’Ivoire
                Taiwan
                Honduras
                Columbia
                Chile
                El Salvador
                Saudi Arabia
                Israel
                Brazil

              • AUGUST C FERNANDO says:

                ROM Rene-Ipil: QUOTE… August@december4, 2012 6:38PM post 17.1

                No need to justify to anybody the Filipino’s english proficiency. The Philippines was named the best in the world on Business English Proficiency. See the following article.

                PH: World’s best country in business English

                By Shielo Mendoza | Yahoo! Southeast Asia Newsroom – Wed, Apr 25, 2012
                Well, people will now have to think twice before mocking Pinoys’ use of the English language.

                The Philippines was named the world’s best country in business English proficiency, even beating the United States, according to a recent study by GlobalEnglish Corporation.” UNQUOTE

                tSalamat, Rene. But I have already read that news item the day it came out in the Web.

                I gotta believe THAT… that “The Philippines was named the world’s best country in business English proficiency, even beating the United States, according to a recent study by GlobalEnglish Corporation.”

                PROOF. Exh. “A”…. I knew a Filipino who was working at the World Trade Center in a multi-billiion dollar firm dealing in high finance, leverage buyout, mergers and such … That Pinoy was the one writing all memoranda, contracts, reports — monthly, quarterly, bi-annually, annually — for his American boss who admitted that the Pinoy had it over him in terms of writing proficiency and all that. The American boss, a mere high school grad but became a Vice-President by dint of experience just didn’t have the tools needed in formal report writing, which was his Asian subaltern’s forte. That Pinoy has retired… and is now back home in his Bayang Magiliw. MABUHAY ANG PINOY!

              • Sorry po Sir Rene-Ipil. First of all your report does not bother me. Actually, its informative and very good news for all here.

                My comment is actually for everybody, that includes you and me and everybody else, to stick to the subject matter.

                2nd, I am not asking Raissa to delete your comment. Its her prerogative to do so because there a lot of comments that should also be deleted.

                I know Ms. Raissa is a very busy person and it may not be good if she deletes some and don’t delete some. I’d rather think its our
                responsibility not to abuse her hospitality and kindness by not following her rules.

                I presume everyone is responsible but sometimes but carried away.

                Sorry again Sir Rene-Ipil.

            • pelang says:

              @joseph, for someone born in an english speaking country, watch your grammar. do you “HAD?” correct answer, yes, he has. he-he-he. Troll!

              • AUGUST C FERNANDO says:

                From someone born in an English speaking country: “@johnny lin do you had [SIC] any proof of what your [SIC] saying. if not shut up.”

                SUSMARYOSEP!!! That English speaking country had better taken up English 101 in our schools. Sir, you’re the No. 1 registrant. Hehehe. ;)

              • leona says:

                …watch & hear from Barry Obama! Many is! Pulish ‘d language!

              • josephf says:

                @leona at commnet#36

                i had asked my filipino friend to translate the filipino portions of your comment

                correct if me if im wrong and let us consider all the examples assumption that you gave for the sake of argument.

                like you said i had all the proof and evidences against ANY PERSON criminal acts ( with evidence but be careful of subjudice) (im kinda confused you used the word subjudice) and then you said ( wala pa sa court ha ) (that really more confused me cuz i don’t know if you know the meaning of subjudice) and that person is my friend, employer or whatever

              • josephf says:

                for pelang & august c fernando

                yes i was born in benton,il then my parents move to elko,nv when i was 8.that english is my first language. and i have a filipino who translates all the filipino statements. by the way that friend work as a revenue auditor in the casino. thats all i can say.

                you see i meet lots of immigrant filipinos but we do not ridicule them when they cannot speak fluent english.

                and yes pelang I had to use the word HAD because johnny lin is not in front of me. If he was in front of me then i would use word HAVE.

                and really august attend your english 101 IN YOUR SCHOOL IN THE PHILIPPINES? “:That English speaking country had better taken up English 101 in our schools”

                instead HERE IS A BETTER WAY OF EXPRESSING YOUR MESSAGE IN ENGLISH, the american way “THAT ENGLISH SPEAKING COUNTRY BETTER TAKE ENGLISH 101 IN OUR SCHOOLS.

                you see august you can’t even express your message properly in english it doesn’t need to be grammatically correct as long as an ordinary english speaking person can comprehend. boy really your english? alrighty i WILL send my dogs to your english schools so that they can talk to you. AUGUST MY MAN DAWG!

                Now if you, pelang and august could come in the states at your expense, maybe we can sit down and talk in english. see how far your english would go. frankly i sense your engish barely just get by.

                if my english is grammatically bad i don’t know what english is then. but i would never go to your school of english. i will send my dogs and they can be my interpreter.

                no offend ladies but you two was the first one to ridicule my english
                bye now!

              • AUGUST C FERNANDO says:

                From Josephf[Goebbels?]: QUOTE…and really august attend your english 101 IN YOUR SCHOOL IN THE PHILIPPINES? “:That English speaking country had better taken up English 101 in our schools”

                instead HERE IS A BETTER WAY OF EXPRESSING YOUR MESSAGE IN ENGLISH, the american way “THAT ENGLISH SPEAKING COUNTRY BETTER TAKE ENGLISH 101 IN OUR SCHOOLS.

                you see august you can’t even express your message properly in english it doesn’t need to be grammatically correct as long as an ordinary english speaking person can comprehend. boy really your english? alrighty i WILL send my dogs to your english schools so that they can talk to you. AUGUST MY MAN DAWG!” UNQUOTE

                Dude, ever heard of SUBJUNCTIVE mood? Was why I used “HAD BETTER TAKEN UP”, not the present tense “BETTER TAKE”. Mine was an EMPHATIC SUGGESTION. Your BETTER TAKE is a LAME one. Get it? Review the subjunctives, Geobbels, if you know the meaning of the word “review”. I hope and pray you do. My dog does. GOOD LUCK, TUTULAK! Hahahaha! :) :)

              • AUGUST C FERNANDO says:

                More from Josephf [Goebbels?]: QUOTE….if my english is grammatically bad i don’t know what english is then. but i would never go to your school of english. i will send my dogs and they can be my interpreter.

                no offend ladies but you two was the first one to ridicule my english
                bye now! UNQUOTE.

                Yeah your English is VERY ungrammatical, dude. You don’t also know that two or more takes a plural verb["..."but you two was [SIC]….”. I didn’t know you also attend Sotto’s ISKUL BUKOL, Josephf! HAHAHAHA! :) :) :)

              • AUGUST C FERNANDO says:

                From our resident GOEBBELS: QUOTE: “no offend [SIC] ladies but you two was [SIC] the first one to ridicule my english [SIC]….” UNQUOTE. For someone who was born in an English-speaking country, funny that in a 14-word sentence he committed THREE GRAMMATICAL ABSURDITIES that could give our English teahers heart attack!! GO BACK TO KINDER, DUDE! HAHAHAHA! :) :) :) But since it’s Christmas season now, I’ll give you a free gift lesson, a magnanimous GIFT. “No offend” is not only grating to our tymphanic membranes and causing conjunctivitis to our eyes. Try “NO OFFENSE”, kumag! So that you can live happily ever after! ;) Hehehe!

              • AUGUST C FERNANDO says:

                FROM JOSEPHF [GOEBBELS?]: QUOTE…and really august attend your english 101 IN YOUR SCHOOL IN THE PHILIPPINES? “:That English speaking country had better taken up English 101 in our schools”

                instead HERE IS A BETTER WAY OF EXPRESSING YOUR MESSAGE IN ENGLISH, the american way “THAT ENGLISH SPEAKING COUNTRY BETTER TAKE ENGLISH 101 IN OUR SCHOOLS.

                you see august you can’t even express your message properly in english it doesn’t need to be grammatically correct as long as an ordinary english speaking person can comprehend. boy really your english? alrighty i WILL send my dogs to your english schools so that they can talk to you. AUGUST MY MAN DAWG!… UNQUOTE…

                Dude, ever heard of the SUBJUNCTIVE MOOD? Was why I used “HAD BETTER TAKEN UP” instead of the present DECLARATIVE TENSE “better take up”. Mine was an EMPHATIC, FORCEFUL SUGGESTION. Which you need. Not like your “BETTER TAKE” which is at best LAME. Get it, J? You had better reviewed the SUBJUNCTIVE MOOD, dude. I hope you know the word “REVIEW”. Must not have been taught in the school where you graduated. ISKUL BUKOL? Where you had a senator named SOTTO as classmate? HAHAHAHA!

              • Rene-Ipil says:

                Pelang,August, Johnny, Leona, et. al. @ 17.1

                After reading Josephf’s post re:Pelang and August, December 4 at 6AM, I have decided to give Josephf a permanent break. Now that we know his worth, let us move on and leave Josephf in peace. Let him savor his fortune of taking our precious time once in our Plaza Miranda. Raissa, please do us a favor.

                Anyway there is still another Joseph (the first).

              • josephf says:

                @august

                i do dawg heard subjunctive and its is not commonly used in layman’s word. the problem is we are talking here and english being my first tongue. wrong yours NOT EMPHATIC SUGGESTION its a forceful one. now who’s talking english here now about being SUBJUNCTIVE. obviously its me. your picking your wordings right now from a dictionary. your trying to show off by using deep meaning words that surely you don’t use everyday as well as comprehend. your english would be lame if you live here in the states and talk to ordinary people i mean born and raised with english as their first languange. even our president try to communicate with people in plain simple language unless there is no other word for it. come and live here and the way you wirte as if you bwere talking, see if everyday people can understand you. they might even think your talking ebonic (just kidding)

                your the one who should review your blogging and im sure your dogs studied in your schools of english. then they can communicate with my dogs cause im gonna send my dogs to your schools of english to earn ph d so they can be my interpreter.

                i hope your not pulling my leg.

              • AUGUST C FERNANDO says:

                Mr Goebbels Joseph, I lived and worked more than 20 yrs in New York City (at the ill-fated World Trade Center complex), in a multi-billion Wall Street firm, working with almost all Ivy Leaguers and college graduates from around the world (can YOU say as much?)…. Plus an additional 3 yrs in Las Vegas, Nevada. That’s why I can bet my bottom floating peso that Americans in the street and at home do not talk like YOU, like how you write, I mean. Laymen Americans’ chats/conversations are FULL OF GONNA, GONNA, WANNA, WANNA and some such gibberish nonsense… and most of them DO NOT WRITE AND TALK IN GRAMMATICAL ENGLISH. Not that it’s wrong to use idioms and non-grammatical English in informal conversations — like you are doing here SHAMELESSLY, the wrong-grammar bit, I mean… The point I am trying to make is just to disprove your MISLEADING ASSERTION that Americans talk/speak intelligently. Contrary Exhibit “A”: JOSEPHF! ;) BTW, Mr Goebbels, we are here engage in a formal discourse, not in a street or bar chat. So I adopt my language accordingly. Yeah, I know you’ll take my use of that word “ACCORDINGLY” to task…because ordinary Americans do not use it on their everyday chats… I very well know THAT! You being the smart-alecky English-country born yokel, can you tell me another word I can use in place of “accordingly”? Ball in your court, Senor!

              • To : Sir Rene-Ipil,

                Very good news indeed on Philippine’s Business English Proficiency rating but essentially nothing to do with the issue of media corruption.

                He he he, sorry for the comment Sir. :(

                Below is Ms. Raissa’s policy on comments :

                Dear fellow citizens of the blogosphere,

                I like your comments very much.
                But I would appreciate it if you write about the topic on hand and not about anything else.

                I stand corrected if Ms. Raissa says I’m wrong.

              • Rene-Ipil says:

                @arsenio reyes

                I know Raissa has the option to delete any post in her blog. I fully subscribe to her policy. If you believe that any of my comments is irrelevant or impertinent and it bothers you, you may ask Raissa to delete it. Please do so and I assure you of my full cooperation. And thank you so much for reminding me of Raissa’s policy.

          • 17.1.1.1.2
            parengtony says:

            You think this guy Soriano to whom Okada gave $40M USD ($10M was remitted back) was acting on his own or, at the most, was in cahoots only with Genuino and there was no further higher-up involved?

            • leona says:

              @parentony…malayo ka na…’di na “suguro” but SIGURADO na! joke only…hehehe

              my opinion to your tsismis…si Soria ba ang pinakamataas na opisyal noon? Hindi! Sino?…’di ako sigurado but siguro lang…si mikeatgma!

          • 17.1.1.1.3
            josephf says:

            @johnnny lin

            i don’t know if you know anything about privacy in the states or you are just being naive.

            i can only get a copy of a receipt IF under my own name and i have to show my idenfication issued by the government. this is because i resides in nv. i cannot get a copy of receipt say under johnny lin’s name unless you give a notarized authorization.

            now say i was able to get a copy of your receipt with your authorization thats is illegal. thats is called breached of confidentiality and it is a federal offense. you should know that because you mention in your previous blog during hurricane sandy that you reside in new jersey and your flight was cancelled.

            now who is the brat and spoonfed? you or me? you maybe naturalized ciitizen in the states but your heart and mind lives in the philippines.

            • Johnny Lin says:

              @josephf
              Dugay na states, tunto pa gid
              That is why I told you “get a waiver from them”, if you did not understand it the first time. You asked me for proof, I told you what to do getting the proof.

              As I said, only spoiled brats are spoonfed. You want me to, as I see it.

              Btw, I didn’t say I live in NJ(read my posts again since you are an avid follower, he he he) nor “naturalized citizen in the states”, proud 100% to have a mind and heart of a Filipino living in the Philippines. Why do you insinuate something is wrong with that?

              Is it because Philippines is not a English speaking country? You might want to know that Filipinos speak grammatically correct English better than many English born natives. You should have realized that by now after comparing your comments with my August F friend

              He he he

              • josephf says:

                you open that one johnny boy/ why put the burden on me?
                because you know they won’t give it to me.so your safe whatever you say because you want others to prove what you said. what is this then a discussion place only? all the sweet talks and sugar laced insunuation? i thought you wanna help get rid of graft & corruptions in your country and im daring you to get the proof since you opened it up. what the matter with cannot prove what you say? should i repeat you make your bed, you lie on. only a child would ask a bigger fellow to get his glass of water from the tap.

                yeah 100% proud patriot living conveniently somewhere else away from hardship.

                i did not say your country is not an english speaking country. your friend august and pelang was the one that wants me to go to your english schools in the philippines. did i push your button about about my dogs as my interpreter if they attend your english schools down there?

                yeah you did say your flight was cancelled and you got a beach house too and that burglary was not as bad as in NY.. so what your in the states for convenience while your fellow countrymen are suffering? what a patriot. hiding or living in the states pretending to be patriotic and know it all guy. is that how you were raised for self convenience only.

                and your rhetoric spoiled brats are spoonfed=== translation
                johnny insunuated about receipt but johnny wants joseph to get a waiver from them so he can get a copy of receipt.===is that not spoonfeeding? and who is being spoonfed here? you like using idiomatic expression but don’t know how to properly apply it. just say it in philippines words. i had a filipino friend who can interpret it..

                remember you opened this up
                should i start calling names here johnny patriotic or do you prefer johnny convenience or spoon johnny? so what now all of you would gang up on me because i raised questions you do not like? give me break. question are raised because there is doubt not because you are being criticized. if you want to answer just say so but don’t evade and pretend you can proved it by passing the burden to the one who raised the issue? is that a mentality?

                you got mouthful don’t you? dumb ass
                Dugay na philippines, tunto pa gid

              • Yes Sir Johnny Lin, nothing personal. I think josephf probably means, in one sentence, “Put your money where your mouth is.”

                He he he too. Ha ha ha

              • Johnny Lin says:

                Josephf and arsenio

                Nosy boys are always outsiders, he he he.

                Josephf, your Filipino friend works as casino auditor so he knows what I am talking about comps to preferred customers, but you are in Elko that occasional tourists in your area get at at most is a picture of Big Papa stuff Bear with Bud in one hand in Commercial cause tourists go there more for the women. Stockmen might be your hangout, hi hi hi.

                Dawg, now, its obvious why your English sounds common miner’s talk in a brothel and they are legal in your redwood.

                Cause you live in Nevada you think you know better and smarter when I opened up about casinos. I would not even play in your area, way way below my league. You are curious why I live the good life in the states. Will satisfy your “nosiness”, Living on free comps from casinos in both coasts because I am a professional gambler

                He he he.

              • To Sir Johnny Lin,

                I thought that the subject matter of this blog now is media corruption, remember? Aimed at betterment of the majority of Filipinos…, just to quote what is really the objective of Ms. Raissa Robles.

                Now it’s becoming more about personalities, English grammar, name-calling, pissing contest, empty and irrelevant side comments, where a person resides, etc. In other words, a lot of nonsense unrelated to the subject matter, substantially inanities if I may say so.

                Then what the hell are you talking about now? If Josephf and I ask simple, straight-forward questions, we expect straight answers. If there is no answer, then fine. No answer is better.

              • Johnny Lin says:

                Arsenio

                Blame your doofus friend josephf who started diversion by being cocky and belittling Filipino english.

                Blame yourself also for having tunnel vision. Some despise the person you idolize. Nobody asked you why you admire that person, thus you dont have business asking that person why somebody does not admire your idol. You started the off topic due to your idolatry and we gave our own opinion on that person. Your reasoning is different but you wanted us to explain. Why should we? He is dead anyway.

                You have an idol based on Raissa topic. We told you he was not pure based on what we believe. You kept insisting to find out our reasons. It was none of your business in the first place.

                Now you ask the question why we went this far. Because you were stubborn, it could not be your way like you are used to in your own world. You were told one reason why, you accused people of maligning a dead person. At your age, you should know better. The answer you are looking for may not be to your liking, then move on and stop accusing personalities.

                Funny part, you sided with an ignoramus who does know a bit about the personalities we are talking and he wanted explanation because he wanted to participate on something he does not understand at all.

                People have their own reasons on certain subject matters. Take or leave it after the explanation. Put out a reasonable argument But don’t push. Saying “why malign a dead person who could not defend himself” is a silly argument.

                You asked why and when you were told what they believe, you accused them personally. You could have ended it by saying, “that is what you believe, I dont believe what you say of him and he is still my idol”. End of discussion.

                Read your posts from the beginning about this matter.

              • AUGUST C FERNANDO says:

                BOOM!!

                ATTABOY, JOHNNY! GO, LINvincible, GO! ;)

              • There you go again Mr. Johnny Lin making those nonsense judgment about persons, acting like an expert profiler has you once tried to profile me without basis. You’re very fond of diversionary statements which have no bearing on the subject matter.

                I don’t care whether other persons like you despise Mr. Max Soliven. And why should I? There’s no logic in that because I don’t even know you or others writing here on a personal basis.

                It is you who said that he has dirty deals but cannot enumerate what are those deals. Deals is a plural noun. If you cannot state those dirty deals and point to other persons to do that for you then fine. It’s none of my business because you don’t know the answers.

                If you want to malign a dead person(s) then that’s you call, its your free will to do so. I am not siding with an ignoramus. Name-calling and condescending attitude is your favorite style to brow beat those who do not agree with your opinions. I agree on points a certain person says but it does not mean I am siding. You like to twist words and make sweeping generalizations about persons. Finally, you think you are more intelligent, I don’t think so and I don’t care whether you think so. You’re a gambler, that is a fact. You can gamble with your money all you like but not on statements you make.

                End of discussion also. Read all your postings also.

              • Johnny Lin says:

                Arsenio

                “difficult for old dogs learning new tricks”

                You said: “agreeing with one person does not mean I am siding with him” – think again, does your sentence make sense?
                if you are not with me, you are against me is a very simple adage that a grade 1 pupil understands!

                We mentioned two deals, that is more than one. We do not want to tell you more, you cant force us, which you are trying to do. If you cant remember the two, keep reading. I say things not to convince people but to express personal opinion which might be different from others. Agreeing or not is your problem, but your biggest problem is forcing people to follow your personal line of reasoning.

                My intelligence is your impression, I never said that I am. Read my comments again, how many times I rejected the notion. I admit to saying using simple reasoning with common sense.

                Condescending – you asked me why we digressed, I answered you on how it started and your participation. Condescending is butting in without any basis like what your red neck friend said about Filipino English lesson because he was born in an english speaking country.

                Name calling – your doofus friend started it.

                “i make sweeping generalization of persons” – if I do I would have called everybody with tunnel vision, but I only said that to you. You are sore because you cant get your way with us, as before, but you did not learn your lesson. Take a break again and keep reading Raissa blog, its good for you, ciao

                He he he

              • I guess you will never change Johnny. You are just describing yourself and saying it to other persons. Same old disgusting style again. Well, anyway, that is your choice.

                You said : “if you are not with me, you are against me is a very simple adage. ..” It is not even an adage if you know what is an adage. It is a biblical passage or verse, Matthew 12:30 which says “He who is not with me is against me, and he who does not gather with me scatters.” Those are the words of the Lord Jesus Christ which you sort re-phrased and not attribute.

                Now, it’s either you are poorly imitating Sotto or you are a relative of Quiboloy.

                It’s useless to discuss with you. Where there are wise and humble people, certainly you are not one of them.

                Go on and take a break by gambling. Or better still, stop gambling and do some soul searching. I think you need it.

              • Johnny Lin says:

                Arsenio

                Predictable response. Saved the last for you.
                You said this: “you can gamble with your money but not with statements you make”. Read again what you posted

                Making statements or offering opinion is similar to gambling hoping that you will win the approval of majority. Increase the odds of winning by telling sensible statements, backing them with at least one common knowledge of proof.

                Gambling is making bet hoping to win with a bluff against the opponent/house. Increase the odds of winning by knowing how to calculate the odds by counting cards.

                As usual there are sore losers as I am responding to one.

                Here is the clincher: why do you believe I am a professional gambler, it was just one of many statements of mine

                He he he

              • Yes Johnny. I strongly suggesting you to stop gambling because its affecting your behavior. You are capable of other work. He he he

                Why do gamblers continue to gamble even though they lose or they know they’re gonna loose to the house? Near-misses in your casino gambling just like the “Attaboy” comment of August C Fernando may elicit dopamine response in your system giving you a false notion of correctness in what you say or argue. In gambling, the more you lose, the more you want to recoup your losses. Winning in gambling gives you a false sense of control, an illusion of control over an event that is definitely ruled by chance. This are the findings in problem gambling which I researched hastily for your sake because time is of the essence. For you to stop gambling and find other work is I hope not really a bad advice.

                It is difficult to reason with you given your present state of mind, mind-set or mental predisposition.

                The house I am referring to above is the truth, spirit and essence of what is right.

                You can call me anything you want. I just want you to be happy. Just try to listen to my advice. Your gambling might also affect your family or it doesn’t. Take care Johnny. Hehehe to you also and to August C Fernando. Attaboy August. Go on with what you do.

              • josephf says:

                @johnny lin

                i said we move in elko when i was young does not mean i still lived there. only till after high then went to college outside nevada. i visit my folks who still live in elko. i was stationed around rhe mainland as well in some parts of the world. winnemucca is the mining town not elko so your again worng. its mustang ranch where men go for women and its legal. its outside reno on i-80 heading east. you really don’t know the demographics in states or nevada. i live in vegas since i retired in 1988 and took small jobs to kill the time.

                you said you lived a goodlife in the states? what did you do? preferred comp? really? and your a gambler? coast-to-coast, 5 bucks on table then asked for a comp. why did you not use the word high roller instead of a gambler. plus if you are really a gambler you should know they have their own turf. not cost-to-coast that you claimed to be. you are curious whats like in other casinos thats why you claimed to be coast to coast. real gambler will travel, no matter where he lives, just to be in his gambling turf. why do you think those japanese high rollers travel all the way to vegas not in china to gamble. thats what real gamblers are. they have their own turf. and casinos offer tthe preferred comp. they don’t asked like you.

                you assumed that cuz i lived in nv i know more about casino. bloody right i know more. i know right away cuz you said coast-to-coast. those 3 words gave you up as to what kind of gambler you are. your just a petty gambler trying to impress the readers here. too bad someone know what a real gambler is. do you even know that even 7-11, walmart, convenient stores and other groceries have slot machines? yeah you more about casino. tsk tsk claiming to be a gambler and know more about casinos. if you have that knowledge how come your note mployed by you local casino? cuz you know you got nothing. maybe those philippino porters in casinos at the little town called elko are more knowledgeable than you when it comes to casino. tsk tsk just a petty gambler.

                one more thing why not spent your hard earned money from the states in your casinos down there in the philippines. you might be a big help.

                my friend (also a retiree like me) the auditor used be an aide to certain mr. morales jr. (forgot the first name) in the communist party of the philippines. prior to that he was just a student activist a member of sdk (can;t remember what it means its in philipino words) philippine college of commerce chapter (he have a degree in advertising/markeying). his mentor he said was the dean of that school (nemesio purugante? correct me if im wrong). he used to be a street parliamentarian during his younger days been on the streets of manila and that famous bridge he mentioned (can’t remember). he then went underground when martial law was declared by marcos. he fled to mountains and was with a certain commander dante before he became an aide to mr. morales. he was a teacher too in the organization. he left the philippines after he was released from prison by mrs. aquino.

                he was the one who led me to this blogsite and he said these bloggers are just wannabes. he said these bloggers sound like bourgeois. he said if these bloggers with so many ideas and knowledge, if they get off their computiers and direct their energies to the rightr direction would be a big help to reveal the gray parts of the philippine gov’t. as long as they are just yakking in the site they are all plain wannabe patriotic.

                he was impressed by raissa’s article until he read raissa’s comment why bother come here then? my friend saw that i was not attacking or as per your wordings belittling philippinos. he saw i was just asking and no answer was given but a round around. he feels every one needs to agree like a family with raissa’s comment. he was even wiliing to give info and contacts to raissa (in a private way) so she can verify the veracity of his info and expose it with proof and evidenence. with his info he said a lot of credibilty would be in question specially the politicians and some father of present journalist and some are deceased already.

                now lets stop all these non-sense. where not getting anywhere. you still have not answered my question

                im not going to post here anymore.sure no more against your opinion and sorry if i pushed the wrong button. but you johnny still have not answered my query. the proof.

            • Johnny Lin says:

              Arsenio

              Read joe america blog, there is a list there of 10 Filipino bad traits, envy and spiteful included.

              First you said we did not know each other, that you didn’t believe what I say without proof but you said that Im a professional gambler is a fact, not because you know me but because I said it. So you believed what I wrote.

              Now you are giving me advice to get another job. If you built your houses with cash rather than mortgage, bless you, but if not, you need to heed your own advice more than I do.

              August has been retired in the Philippines like me, enjoying his big pension for working in NY. You are still shivering in cold NY probably because you could not afford our lifestyles.

              It is so waaaaarmmmm here in the Philippines, eating chestnuts without winter jackets while watching the parade of lights at MOA is more pleasurable, plus all the local delicacies and jolly spirit of fellow Filipinos. Nothing could beat that feeling during Christmas season!

              About in NY, Merry Christmas!
              Ho ho ho
              He he he

              • It’s all right Johnny. Saying some statements about other people and saying something about yourself is quite different. For how can you contradict something you said about yourself. Shall I say that, OK Johnny, give us proof that you are a professional gambler aside from the other proofs I’m asking you?!

                Now, for example only, you say you’re not a gambler, I don’t know what else to say.

                Merry Christmas Johnny. Take care and God bless. It is a sincere thought.

              • Johnny Lin says:

                Arsenio

                Pardon me if I have to say tunnel vision again.

                Professional gambler is rhetorical for everybody. The moment someone finishes or drops out of school and tries luck to eke out a living he/she becomes a professional gambler of life. Some are successful like Zuckerberg of Facebook or Bill Gates of Microsoft. Some are failures like many college graduate Filipino OFWs working as DH. Some rich people have failed business ventures, some journalists stake their integrity by accepting bribes. These are all forms of life’s gamble, not one vision of gambling literally etched in your mind.

                You could be successful in your own way, a winner, depending how satisfied in life you are. Wealth is not a measure, quality of life and happiness is, to me. Having all of them is rewarding to the lucky ones.

                You are a sincere honest man, extremely serious in all undertakings as I envision. Unfortunately, I also see a person who did not quite learn much from limited experience to “street education”, thus i could not restrain to tease you to the limit.

                Enjoy your holidays with your family. And I mean it too including the fact, there is no place like home, Philippines, during Christmas season especially in the twilight years of expatriates.

                Keep threading, next year you might have the upper hand on me. Cross the fingers

                To a prosperous and healthy New Year!

                He he he

              • Thank You Sir Johnny Lin,

                Becoming rich has not been my ambition in the beginning, I’d rather be happy and healthy.
                I live a simple life but have and willing to help other people with no much to show for it being the right hand man of my 2 previous employers who are billionaires.

                Let me share with you part of the poem “Desiderata” below by Max Erhmann (Probably you would exclaim, “What?! Another Max!”. Hahahahaha). Johnny, best wishes to you and your family in the holiday season.

                xxx
                Go placidly amidst the noise and haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence. As far as possible without surrender be on good terms with all persons. Speak your truth quietly and clearly; and listen to others, even the dull and the ignorant; they too have their story.

                Avoid loud and aggressive persons, they are vexatious to the spirit. If you compare yourself with others, you may become vain or bitter; for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself.
                xxx

              • duquemarino says:

                @Johnny Lin
                Intrigero ka talaga, ha ha ha, but I admire your wits. You are giving me imaginary portraits of those who trade comments with you (troll or not troll). Cheers..

  28. 16
    ed celis says:

    “it was the practice long before Martial Law for politicians to give reporters cash”
    @ raissa, the Marcoses, the Enriles and their gangs are still in power, so nothing
    has changed…

  29. 15
    chit navarro says:

    There are very few journalists/columnists who can say with a straight face that they are not part of the system of media corruption.

    Raissa & Alan, for starter.

    Maria Ressa and Maritess Vitug perhaps.

    Cito Beltran probably.

    And yes, the media in general bit the bullet in their recent convention. With the coming election, we look forward for a better media coverage for all candidates, not only for those with lots of moolah to spare…

    And hopefully, newspapers, even if owned bypoliticans, will be always fair and square…. wishful thinking?

    • 15.1
      raissa says:

      I know Marites is straight.

      Pls read part 2 of my piece. Coming next.

      • 15.1.1
        chit navarro says:

        I look forward to that.
        And your one -liner is very telling. Does that mean that the other 2 are not what they seem to be?

        Oh well, gone are the days of Teddy Locsin Sr., Quijano de Manila & Napoleon Rama…

        And yes, Luis Beltran Sr.

        • 15.1.1.1
          chit navarro says:

          sorry, I forgot another fave of mine – Raul Locsin of Business DAy…

          and the original Ninez Cacho Olivares…. (not the one now).

        • 15.1.1.2
          Johnny Lin says:

          @chit
          Aha, reading between the lines, “the other 2″

          Ask Raissa about “un-bff superiority complex and the apple does not fall far from the tree”

          He he he

    • 15.2
      springwoodman says:

      So we can count on the fingers of one hand – Raissa, Alan, Maria Ressa, Maritess Vitug and Cito Beltran – the media people who are incorrupt? All the rest are condemnable for not being on this list? All are presumed guilty until proven otherwise?

      This is a great ethical dilemma, isn’t it? If names cannot be named, how do you separate the good from the bad? If names cannot be named, how do you root out the corruption?

      It seems that the country should be named the Catch-22 country.

      o You cannot pass an anti-political dynasty bill because the dynasts are in control on all levels of government.
      o You cannot pass an RH Bill because the celibate priests won’t let you.
      o You cannot pass an FOI bill because politicians are afraid you may find them out.
      o You cannot be granted justice because the judges can be bribed.
      o You cannot jail a politician because they’re sick and must be confined in hospital.
      o You cannot speedily try massacring politicians because their lawyers are brilliant and witnesses are hunted down and killed.
      o You cannot bring murdering politicians to justice because the Court of Appeals will say, “No case”.
      o You cannot remove squatters because they’re not squatters and are protected by City Hall.
      o You cannot peacefully assemble and protest because the mayor will teach you a lesson by filing a libel case against you and have you imprisoned before you can do your ablutions.

      So, man, what can you do? Just whine and cry and lick your festering wounds? Or pay no attention, and dance like Psy as though nothing were wrong?

      Perhaps JoeAm has the correct solution: let’s all get stinkin’ drunk. And imagine this is all a bad dream. Tomorrow we will wake up and see the clean streets with no jeepneys, drive to the mall without being caught up in the traffic and by red lights, walk to the porte-cochere and hailed with the pleasant “Good Morning’s” of fellow shoppers, and attended to by courteous sales ladies and waited upon by smiling waiters, all without the royal unhygenic milling crowd..

    • 15.3
      rOSARIO says:

      i used to watch probe by cheche lazaro. until her show was cancelled due to her expose of the pagcor genuino during goryass admin. i think that show was also shown in one of the universities, forgot which. anyway, her probe tv program was moved to diff. channel. now i do not know which channel they are on.
      luchi cruz valdez i like her shows too, ID.
      and so do ted failon. his saturdays “shockers” trying to simplify, dissect different shenanigans on govt dept and issues that really affects people’s daily lives. just watch the meralco and water concessions. and now the govt wants to ppp the public hospitals? there will be the tendency that the public hospitals and clinics will be privatized and even with philhealth covering the said payments of those suppossedly covered under the said scheme will be schemed on, over, and out. Just watch.!
      it happened with the napocor, meralco , maynilad, mwss. so many so-called partners who gets income and profit and the pilipino public pays for all.
      i hope you guys understand what i am trying to say. because it is very hard for me to explain. thank you.
      anyone call tell me which channel cheche lazaro’s probe is now?

  30. 14
    Cha says:

    Thank you Raissa for wanting .. daring to write about this. I can only imagine what your colleagues in the professiion (at least the tainted ones) are now thinking or even planning in retaliation for this piece. That they have not been specifically ‘outed’ does not even matter, that you and whatever else you know are now a threat to their way of life is probably enough motivation for them to now want to destroy you. And this is only Part 1, they must now be wary of what you have in store for Part 2.

    It is quite depressing knowing all these things but today I’ll choose to celebrate those who stood their ground (against what seems to be the already ‘accepted practice’) and continue to do so like you and Alan and I suspect quite a few others from Rappler (like Vitug who also wrote about this issue the other day) and PCIJ and those editors and publishers who taught the likes of you and showed you all that it can be done. That one can be a journalist in the Philippines and be respectable. That one can be a Filipino and be honorable.

    Thank you.

  31. 13

    The first time many suns and moons ago, I commented here, I suggested nominations for a worthy international award to Ms. Raissa. After thousands of other similar positive commentaries to this blog, this piece on media corruption beats all her other pieces. I doubt whether there can be a priest or bishop who can be impartial and fair to write about the decadence of the clergy.

    I raise and put my hands together for you Ms. Raissa.

  32. 12
    baycas says:

    Ganito kami noon… Paano kayo ngayon?
    Not the Movie

    Observations and analyses of journalism in the Philippines.

    The Asian Institute of Journalism (AIJ) in 1983 noted that mass communication in Asia basically started as an extension of the political structure, whether of rulers who wanted to learn the opinions of constituents, rulers who needed a means to disseminate decrees, and later, in the transmission of colonizers’ cultures. AIJ further noted that where political power is highly centralized, the press is notexpected to be an independent institution from the government. Where power is decentralized, it becomes a mediator and watchdog in behalf of the people.

    Journalism in the Philippines (in print, radio and television) has played both roles as extension of government and as mediator and watchdog in behalf of the pople. Likewise the Filipino audience has had doses of both irresponsible, licentious and sensational reporting and more responsible and serious reporting.

    Philippine journalism today may be assessed following AIJ’s observations of Asian journalism in 1983, as follows:

    a. Event-orientation. xxxxx

    b. Urban-rural imbalance. xxxxx

    c. Western bias in reporting. xxxxx

    d. Commercialism. AIJ noted the increasing control of media managers, i.e., the owners and publishers, than editors in what is deemed worthy of publication as news.

    xxxxx

    AIJ further noted the limited financial resources of the media which limit reporters from undertaking specialized coverage, in-depth reporting, investigative reporting and other ways of collecting firsthand news.

    Related to this and journalists’ low pay, “envelopmental journalism” (AIJ, 1983; Fernandez, 1992; and Shafer, 1992) has become a common practice. Fernandez, from her excerpts of interviews with journalists, defined envelopmental journalism as the acceptance of gifts in cash or in kind in exchange for influencing the choice and treatment of news stories. Her interviewees gualified envelopmental journalism in several ways: it is such only when it goes over a certain amount, only when there are agreements made, only when it is outright cash, and only when it is given prior to the publication of a story. AIJ defines the term in a more straightforward manner: journalists are either bribed to desist from writing unfavorable stories or to encourage them to write favorable ones (the latter also termed “praise releases“). Fernandez further cited another term used to refer to the practice: AC/DC or “attack and collect, defend and collect“.

    e. Press freedom and responsibility. xxxxx

    - Cadiz, C. H. (1995). The changing asian media environment and its impact on journalism values : report from the Philippines. In AMIC Seminar on Asian Values in Journalism Seminar Nilai-Nilai Kewartawanan Asia: Kuala Lumpur, 24-25 August, 1995. Singapore: Asian Media Information and Communication Centre.

    This excerpt is copy-pasted from DR-NTU, Nanyang Technological University Library, Singapore where the document was uploaded for reading.

    The document was watermarked…

    ATTENTION: The Singapore Copyright Act applies to the use of this document. Nanyang Technological University Library

  33. 11
    Johnny Lin says:

    Similar to others, journalism/mass communication is a profession, a noble one. Unfortunately, the honest income is below par of other professions. If my memory serves me right, the blame on Philippine media corruption started with radio and entertainment ebbing into the media in the late fifties, worsening on pre martial law when idolized columnists were obvious lackeys of certain politicians or parties.

    Radio corruption started with the “payola” of announcers playing 45′s of certain singers promoted by their recording companies. This recording “payola” was the dark side of music industry in US. Movie industry was no different with producers paying entertainment writers enhancing the careers of their contract artists. It was the reason entertainment writers flourished and in the Philippines, dominated by the “third sex” so called writers/ talent agents/ promoters changing the words ” contract artists” to “stable of”.

    In the print medium, corruption of beat reporters started in the military, BIR, Customs. Nowadays, Customs beat is a coveted reporter’s assignment. Undoubtedly, boss of the beat reporter is not clean either. When columnists became favorites of the reading public they became targets of politicians and high government officials.

    Later on, one could easily spot the name of the politicians paying by the pattern of the tones in the columns. These columnists got greedy by requesting government appointments to legitimize their income but certainly diluted their independence. In the beginning, there were still some who resisted the temptations but during Marcos time, one could easily point to someone who swithced allegiance. The “icon of journalism” was the most prominent.

    Money was no longer a problem from government appointments and payola. Greed enveloped the columnists wanting statures so they asked for ambasadorship positions upon contemplating semi- retirement, similar to retiring generals. Others put out foundations receiving donations (legitimate?) funding their causes and at the same time praising and protecting the names of their perennial big donors. Despite their compassionate purpose, their means degraded their status. We read their columns and watch them on TV daily.

    One way for journalists to be honest is to accept foreign employment, put out their own indepedent company and sacrifice a lot financially including selling Avon house to house if necessary.

    Only legitimate newsprints go bankrupt for they tried to keep the profession honest but they usually melt from within because of dearth of employees wanting to stay with the company and eventually lack of income. Raissa should know that.

    Finally, the cat is out. Laudable was the making professional corruption the topic of the last Media Conference in Tagaytay. PNoy had been harsh to the media lately, rightfully so because he knows it should be part of his “daan matuwid” for the media disseminates information influencing the people. PNoy knew the root cause of media corruption because his father, Ninoy” was a beat reporter and his sister Kris is in the entertainment world.

    Intrigues in both mediums currently is unprecedented. Corruption is pervasive. Illnes turned from endemic to pandemic cancer!

    Shakespeare said the solution is “kill the lawyers”. Is that possible with reporters and columnists? They have to make decent living and keep up with the Joneses, legitimately is impossible.

    Look at Raissa, she could not afford an ipad without waiting for Alan to retire his. Raissa and Alan are among the last of the dying breed in media industry.

    Maybe Ressa and Vitug of Rappler are idealists but being capitalists and laborers are miles apart in the real world?

    • 11.1
      Polpot says:

      Nice add-on to Raissa’s article, Johnny. This substantiates the “scolding” media recently got from PNoy in Tagaytay. The ambassadorial post is quite revealing of someone’s dark side. :)

      • 11.1.1
        Johnny Lin says:

        @Polpot
        you seem to talk from the inside. Clearing clouds, I am a freelancer.

        did “someone” dark side recently expose the dwindling numbers of foreign investors or was he the bumbling “ambassador wanna be” ? Punching bag of CPMers more likely

        He he he

    • 11.2

      Mr LIn, sorry I have to do it here, this post that went to oblivion.
      The first time many suns and moons ago, I commented here, I suggested nominations for a worthy international award to Ms. Raissa. After thousands of other similar positive commentaries to this blog, this piece on media corruption beats all her other pieces. I doubt whether there can be a priest or bishop who can be impartial and fair to write about the decadence of the clergy.

      I raise and put my hands together for you Ms. Raissa.

    • 11.3
      Polpot says:

      Raissa, thanks for writing on this very sensitive topic. I do hope there are more like minded journalists who will champion this cause and put the noble back into the profession.

      In a conference I attended yesterday Marengo Winnie shared this definition of a hero: ordinary people who do extraordinary things, not for self gain,.

      Simply taking action (or nt king action) could either cause one to walk down the path of heroism (or evil).

      Raissa, you are a hero, as Bonifacio was during the Spanish revolution!

    • 11.4

      I raise and put my hands together for you Ms. Raissa.
      I deleted the last paragraph to see if that’s the one causing moderation.

      The first time many suns and moons ago, I commented here, I suggested nominations for a worthy international award to Ms. Raissa. After thousands of other similar positive commentaries to this blog, this piece on media corruption beats all her other pieces

    • 11.5
      josephf says:

      @johnny lin

      you speak as if your an authority. prove what you say.

      • 11.5.1
        AUGUST C FERNANDO says:

        About the pay of writers/journalists here in the Philippines, I am reminded of this funny bit from the late humorist/columnist Robert Benchley: “Writers are a sorry lot. They are paid only per story, per feature, per column inch… or perhaps!” HAHAHA! I know that. Because way back in the 1960s-70s, I tried to moonlight as a contributor to magazines (Phil FREE PRESS, Weekly GRAPHIC, KISLAP, PANORAMA), and to hide my identity and being a minor (fresh hi school grad at 16) I used a couple of pen names. Except for being once named among the FP “Outstanding Contributor” [naks! walang namang premyo! hahahaha! thanks to Teddy Locsin, Sr.] for a certain year, I had not much to show for my efforts — although writing made me a chain-smoker and a heavy coffee-drinker. That, and INSOMNIA was all I got! Hahahaha! Good thing I was a govt employee, paltry-salaried though I was like my colleagues. But at least with a regular pambili ng bigas at galunggong! ;)

      • 11.5.2
        pinay710 says:

        @josephf awwww!! yes they are intellectual commenters here. you are just new in this blog. you should have read comments of johnny lin, leona, baycas, vander, victin luz, alizarin, cha, rosario, parekoy, rolly, ps sereno, andrew lim , etc. you will learned intellectual things from them. try them and you will get what you want. but no bullying or sarcastic criticizm. behave, you are in Pilipino blog site.

        • 11.5.2.1
          leona says:

          …the rules in writing [ many reads it ] is write it like you want to eat something tasty! Don’t put a lot of pepper in it. Too much salt makes it sour! Too much sweet decays one’s teeth. Too loud shuts one’s ears. Do not mess up what you write. Clean writing is good writing. No bragging too! Be humble. Admit errors. Is in disagreement remain courteous. No personal attacks on others’ writings. Leave when you can, but still respectful as you want to give it to others. Write to share. Share and write. Don’t hurry up what you write. Think before writing!

          If one cannot observe the above [ not exclusive ] please do not write because when you do, you are exposed naked! Would you like it? Surely, no.Just sharing to remind us.

          Let’s have a nice day today. God bless us all CPMers.

        • 11.5.2.2
          josephf says:

          @pinay 710

          do not take all the all the intellectual commenters (according to you) statements like gospels. or you just wanna hear what you want to hear. i read what they posted and i see some holes in it, and all i want is CLARITY OR PROOF. if what they were saying are all true and will hold water why not use it to indict those people they were targetting so the philippines could be a better place since they are advocating it. or this is just a discussion place. did i go too far? what they were saying are questionable and just trying to clarify it. i did try johnny (and i will try the others too later) and did you see his response. don’t threatened me being in a pilipino blog site. what all you guys gonna gang up on me? because you didn’t like my postings? bring it on!!!

  34. 10
    macspeed says:

    Journalism is really not a good course when one is just relying on promotions on the company of magazine or comics ad newspaper, however if one is lucky enough to have their novel or short story or a poems or a song on top of the list became no. 1 then its payback time.

    A lot of these journalist ends up six feet under when they have upset a big time politician or syndicate, freedom of speech is gone if most writers will fear to express the truth. In order to shout the truth, a writer MUST have a pen name or disguise to hide their identities. Otherwise, one can be another Jose Rizal.

    Because of this trend in journalism, they are being used by politicians, syndicate, companies and the like. They will be asked to write something not what they wanted but what was dictated, the poor writer just did anyway in return for big bucks, no choice became victims of corruptions….

    • 10.1
      josephf says:

      @macspeed

      is this the will of allah too? i know you from your blog on cnn

      • 10.1.1
        macspeed says:

        dear josephf,

        Really? i got blog on CNN? Wow, i am not that one…this is the first time, i joined with beautiful harmless Raissa…i feel safe here…

        When you were born, your destiny is already done, each one’s destiny and appointed time is written, some may perished in childhood, some in old age, some may die brutally, some maybe raped, some may become winner of lotto and a lot more.God dictates as soon as one is concieved, mahirap paniwalaan, pero ayan ang pananaw ko. Kung ang isa ay gagawa ng laban sa fate nya, maaaring magtagumpay but not for long, what is written in the book of life will dominate.

        Tulad ko, my dream was to be a communication engineer, my father wanted me to finish electrical eng, now i am neither of those but an instrument engr, i dont like to work here, but i am stocked here in Saudi Arabia, before i hate muslims, now i am one of them but not terrorist or fanatics…

        If you say for sure tomorrow, i will do that, do this is somewhat medyo arrogante dating sa isang mananamba sa Diyos whatever sector muslim, christian or budhism,
        but if one say, tomorrow i will do that if God permits or if God wills…

        Could you give me the link of my blog in CNN? I dont remember, perhaps i am on the way to forgetfullness he he he

        • 10.1.1.1
          josephf says:

          @macspeed

          do i need to? or do i need to repeat your posting at the cnn about what you and your tried on skype? now did i refresh your memory? i could copy and paste it here if you want, is your forgetfullness over hehehe

          destiny, according to you, is already done the moment you were born. thats right if you were referring to death, the one and only certain. the course of your life no. you plot the course of your life except death not by god’s permission and there is no such thing as a ready made book of life. that book of life you were referring is blank and you chart the course of your life in that book. in short you make your own destiny knowingly or not. and i respect your belief.

          like you said you wanted to be a communication engineer but you ended up as an instrumentaion engineer. but you have a choice. maybe your course is somewhat related to instrumentation field, it don’t have to be exactly instrumentaion engineering field (but you don’t know it) like my friend who is state licensed electrical enginner but end up as a slot maintenance mgr. im not sure if you know that slot machines are more of electronics & programming.

          like i said, except for death. you can chart your destiny and not leave to god. cause if thats is true then all we don’t need to do anything just wait for god to tell you to go to saudi arabia and be a instrumentaion engineer. its like being appointed.

          were you in saudi arabia when you converted to islam? if so why not when you were in the philippines? i used to work for aramco way back in early 70′s and my muslim friends told me to convert. citing leniency as one being in saudia arabia. why would i when i can do what i want inside the compound like what i do as if i was in the states. our compound had all the ammenities of a western world. do you understand what imean? cuz if im gonna convert to islam it is because i believed in it not leniency or for convenience.

          back again to destiny, you need to take a second look. shalom (did i said right? just correct me if not)

          • 10.1.1.1.1
            Victin Luz says:

            @Josephf……. I agree with you on this topic destiny you can chart it , there might be an intervening factor or factors to come but which or what direction is for you alone to choice regardless whether right or wrong.

  35. 9
    baycas says:

    Program 5: A Question of Influence

    The abolition of media controls does not in itself produce the positive pre-requisites for democracy. The removal of state controls has sometimes exposed a lack of ethical restraints in national media. The media continue to be used as vehicles of political patronage. In a culture of gift-giving the acceptance of bribes by journalists is a difficult practice to stamp out. And journalism can be a risky business especially for investigative reporters working in local language media outside of the capital cities.

  36. 8
    baycas says:

    OCTOBER 12 2004
    A glossary of media corruption
    by Chay Florentino-Hofileña

    Payoffs to journalists have become so much a part of the journalistic culture that they have engendered a language all their own. These are some of the terms used in the journalistic community to refer to various forms of corruption the media.

    http://www.hotmanila.ph/Media/2004/glossary06041012.htm

  37. 7
    katataspulong says:

    let me tell you now what happens with the daily grind of a governor, mayor, and ah congressman. there is this daily queue of people asking for………

    • 7.1
      springwoodman says:

      In the Philippines, the circle of life is the circle of corruption.

      • 7.1.1
        katataspulong says:

        what you call weakness to your self (media), you call guilt to the politicians. sa logtaga, “kung anong sapantaha, siyang gawa.”

  38. 6
    flash says:

    A well-known practice exposed once again. Kudos to you, Raissa! Must be an offshoot from the news about the 4 columnists and their famous similar articles about the sin tax bill. So nothing has changed except AC-DC (attack and collect, desist and collect) getting more obviously hypocritical.

  39. 5
    leona says:

    Thank you Raissa I learned something from that though I think I made a right decision not to take up journalism or become a news reporter. Your description of the work is similar to a bus driver [ no offense here ] always “timed” to submit the item, for the driver the earned money fares and for news reporters the required news. Both on a short time. What a stressful job!

    I find it Fast and [ not furious] Delirious. What’s the statistics on some newspapermen suffering heart attacks? Same with all other professions, the clash between the good and the bad. Money tempts. Money corrupts. What’s new? None, I guess.

  40. 4

    I think it was the great Max Soliven who called it “envelopmental journalism”. Envelops with money inside and the corresponding “press releases” were distributed during the martial law period. Sure enough the news were pretty much the same in most of the newspapers
    during that time.

    It’s really sad to remember he is no longer around to comment on the events now-a-days.
    I miss his daily “By the Way” which was the first thing I read every morning, so fluid, so hard-hitting and so courageous.

    • 4.1
      raissa says:

      Er, Max also had a dark side to him.

      • 4.1.1
        REY NATHANIEL IFURUNG says:

        hmmmm what dark side?

      • 4.1.2

        I guess no one is perfect…

        • 4.1.2.1
          Johnny Lin says:

          In James Bond world, double agents are killed.
          In Marcos time double agents are incarcerated.

          • 4.1.2.1.1

            In Marcos time double agents are incarcerated.

            Ninoy, Diokno, Tanada, etc were incarcerated during Marcos time. Are they
            double agents?

            • leona says:

              @Arsenio…as you mentioned, who were the “double agents” incarcerated during Marcos’ time but not Ninoy, Diokno, Tanada, etc.? I like to know.

              • leona says:

                btw, if the DAgents are all dead already, forget my asking. Thanks.

              • Sorry Leona, I was the one asking Mr. Johnny Lin about his statement. That statement came in absolute and unqualified statement. I just failed to initially state what came from Johnny Lin. And so, the 2nd sentence is a question.

                If you read again the thread, I was the one asking him but there is no reply up to now.

                The reason I’m asking is its totally unbelievable that those jailed during that time are double agents or we simply don’t know and Mr. Johnny Lin knows it.

            • Johnny Lin says:

              Were they senators?

              • Johnny Lin says:

                Try figuring out how long did Max stay in jail compared to the prominent ones? Weeks or months? Was there a taipan godfather involved in the deal or promises?

                Chino Roces, Lopez and Osmena were incarcerated much much longer, latter two escaped for freedom.

                Chino was not a prolific writer but is worthy to be a icon journalist.

              • Mr. Johnny Lin :

                If you know how long Max Soliven was imprisoned, why don’t you state it here.

              • Johnny Lin says:

                Wrong choice of idol

                He he he

      • 4.1.3

        Also, with no offense meant, we should not insinuate something against a person who is dead simply because he cannot defend them himself just as in criminal law a dead person is freed from criminal charges if trial has not ended…

        Certainly, judgment is rendered by the all-knowing/all-seeing Highest Authority in any case…

        • 4.1.3.1
          raissa says:

          He put himself in a conflict of interest situation as publisher of Mabuhay magazine of Philippine Airlines. He continued to be its publisher after Lucio Tan revealed he owned PAL.

          Lucio Tan has been facing an ill-gotten wealth suit and owned a beer company plus a tobacco company in all the years that Max was publishing Mabuhay and writing his column for Philippine Star.

          Was this kind of situation ethical for a prominent Filipino columnist?

          I’m not saying it was illegal. I’m just questioning the ethics part of it.

          • 4.1.3.1.1

            So why question it only now. I remember a British-Chinese (from Hongkong) commenting on a complaint.

            The way I understand it from him there is some saying in Chinese (not sure) such that the horse urinated in the street and made a mess all around then the person who saw it complains after the horse is miles away already.

            Did you or anybody (even non-journalist) ever raise an ethical issue on that matter when Soliven was still alive. What happened to the issue of ill-gotten wealth against Lucio Tan to even conclude the Mabuhay deal was a dirty deal? If it was not an illegal deal, how come it’s a dirty deal? Perhaps an unethical deal?

            Anyway, the issue now is about those journalist who are still amongst us
            and we expect them to make their comments.

            • Johnny Lin says:

              Idolization is subjective, same with derision.

              I dont care why you idolize nor do I have to justify my personal opinion.
              Belief is personal.

              Unethical is protecting the source by accepting payola.
              Dirty deal is hiding the identity of the true owner of your publication when your other publication was supposed to be independent and unshady, revealing hard hitting facts about prominent rich personalities involved with government on questionable source of wealth. Contracts were signed between the publisher and owner of PAL. If you did not know beforehand, an uncompromised honest journalist would have relinquished his name by resigning from the publication unless of course there was a contractual obligation signed by both head honchos. After martial law Tan suddenly owned PAL and PNB which were govt corporations. The question is, when did the secret alliance start? Before, during or after martial law?

              Philippine Star was founded by Betty Belmonte and Max Soliven after he left Philippine Inquirer which he co founded with Apostol. Max took over as publisher upon Betty’s demise.

              Wonder why Raissa handed the “money” to the late Betty, not to the late Max?

              • josephf says:

                @jonhnny lin

                i thought you guys there are so good in english. your friends criticized me for telling i came from an english speaking country.

                here is one for you johnny, subjective and derision is totally diferrent specially the way you presented it “Idolization is subjective, same with derision”. you might wanna asked august your buddy, and his schools of english”

                could you be honest enough to yourself without looking for the meaning of derision in the dictionary, define it. remember i can not see you just plain honesty?

                or are you showing off by using not commonly used words to impress the readers.

            • leona says:

              @Arsenio…you really believe in your heart the dirty faced journalists will comment on what Raissa gave here? And “deny” that they are involved in corruptions? That revealing themselves obviously [ as many would interpret ]. No, those guys will not make comments here.

              On the “late” question made by Raissa, I like to say “admitted”…it is late. But it is very relevant and as present as the sun and the moon come and go [ like @Alizarin Virida likes to say ]. Raissa is just asking for present purposes of ethics, is it ethical when conflict of interest is present for present living journalists and news paper men? I say always, that in that situation, a big NO! Never mind the name mentioned in the question.

              And to your British-Chinese Hong Kong story of that horse that peed on the street making a mess, the complainant complained “late” because that horse had a speed of Mac 2 just like it peed Mac 1! …joke lang.

              • Hey, thanks Leona! Just saw Alizarin mentioned there. I am up to my bladder pissed of every time I hear the question WHY ONLY NOW? I am tempted to mimic somebody and say: Easy my dear, there is a time for everything as if the devil don’t know and have to ask. Why indeed, ONLY NOW one has to defend ALLEGED wrong doing.

              • My belief is that generally since corrupt journalists is the topic, one who is not corrupt would answer. It depends on free, will which all persons and that includes you and me, have.

                If they don’t comment, there’s really nothing I can do about it. If they do,
                we are of course interested to know what they will say. If they don’t comment, it’s either they are afraid to do so or simply don’t care what we say here.

                I agree its relevant but a waste of time. In the Bible I think Jesus said to let the dead past bury its dead. Jesus didn’t want a personal
                matter to interfere with his mission. Although later on, he showed compassion by attending to the matter. Just as a poet said “Act, act in the living present…”

                About the horse, of course, I know you’re joking. It’s good to joke once in a while to somehow make light of these things going around which affects our country and people. And so it is those horse
                journalists at present which we should focus on since they are still here.

              • leona says:

                @Alizarin…welcome! Sabi ni @Arsenio “relevant but a waste of time.” The whole article of Raissa here touches the issue of a painful topic – media corruption as the title says. Without doubt, this topic is not only ten years late. No one brought this out maybe 10 years ago. If there was, nobody read or heard of it. But via Cyberspace Internet, this topic is still fresh and good as ten years ago to be taken up now. Thanks to beautiful Raissa! And it is not a waste of time too!

                The dead-hungry greedy journalists are still around! They are not the “dead” Jesus was speaking about. These are the living-dead loving greasy-money from corrupt officials. They mislead the Media, the people and the country. They contribute to damage a lot to our society. They will also help grow political dynasties! Mark my word.

                Let the dead bury the dead as Jesus sadly spoke because the people were not listening to Him but busy burying their dead!

                Shall we bury this painful topic – media corruption? As Raissa gave it here? Of course not! Until there are no more journalists living, meaning they are all dead, then we bury this topic. But they are still many around. So, it is not late to say something or ask something about it, and it is never that old [ if it's late to about ten years!].

                Jesus also said “Ask and it will be given.” “Look and you will find.” When He said “look” he meant also “read.” Read and you will know.

                Media corruption destroys the Media profession. It gives lies. It mislead readers and people for the success of the corrupt people. Yes, I said “What’s new? None.” It’s there in many places. It crawls like a snake. The smell is so bad. Honesty and truthfulness in news reporting keeps fighting vs the false, dishonest news reports to no end. Who wins? None yet. …to be continued…gotta to leave!

        • 4.1.3.2
          josephf says:

          your absolutely right there arsenio. why beat somebody who cannot defend themselves. thats what i notice here they like to mention somebody but when you try to clarify it they hide in rhetorics like wrong choice of idol. there is really a thin line betweeen intellectuals and fools.

          • 4.1.3.2.1

            Yes Josephf, and thanks. These guys just want you to agree with them and if not, they will gang up on you thinking that you will soften up on the issue and take their side spiced up with their crooked nonsense diversionary comments.
            Don’t take them seriously since the things they say are evidently you kow what.
            Johnny Lin will also try to profile you and say a lot of nonsense unrelated things.

            • Johnny Lin says:

              Fools rush in

              Faith is in the mind of the believer

              Take it or leave it

              Kapish!

              He he he

            • josephf says:

              @ arsenio reyes

              i don’t know you and and thank you (look how i presented my words johnny lin, august & pelang hope you know what i mean by doing it this way)

              i don’t criticized them. im just like you asking questions and clarity. but they all turned against me because i raised questions. they thought i was attacking and someone ever surmised (pretty strong word) i was working for other side that they were in fact really criticizing.

              johnny lin, im not afraid of him. he tried to use words, phrases, idioms which sometimes are worngly applied specially to someone whose first tongue is english. jiohnny is just mumbling gumbling on the word he uses. hew does not really know how to use it or deep meaning words which are not commonly used by layman.

              for me johnny lin and his gang are like cluster clowns (i don’t want to use the other c-word cuz it will become a profanity). you know why because they don’t want to answer any questions raised up or questions they don’t like. simple as that. they can kiss our… you know what i mean.

              • AUGUST C FERNANDO says:

                From our resident GOEBBELS: QUOTE “….and someone ever surmised (pretty strong word) i was….” UNQUOTE…. Juice ko! SURMISED is a “pretty strong word” for you? You think I am impressed? FYI, I first used that word in the elementary grades. Half-a-century (50 yrs) ago! HAHAHAHA! :)

              • Thanks again Josephf. I also don’t know you but just waiting for anyone to comment that we know each other! He he he..

                As you have emphasized, this forum is not just a discussion forum but should aim at or may result to some sort of proper action. Not some cheap gossip forum where you can fire off unsupported or unwarranted accusations or conclusions. Misplaced or improper Insults which may look like innocent abound.

                Sometimes I answer and sometimes i think its a waste of time to dignify nonsense.

          • 4.1.3.2.2
            Victin Luz says:

            @Josephf @arsenio……..we believe on you two that MAX SOLIVEN cannot defend himself ” patay na iyan e ” either you can wait for the other SOLIVEN’s to defend MAX,………since it was @arsenio who brought out the name of MAX , why not you two defend him. ” Hindi nyo ba kaya , mga barok “

            • Josephf,

              No use debating with these guys. Their reasoning is defective . They try to dominate the forum with nonsense diversions and bullying, name-calling, troll tactics.

              From Wikipedia, below is a portion of the definition of trolls :

              In Internet slang, a troll ( /ˈtroʊl/, /ˈtrɒl/) is someone who posts inflammatory,[1] extraneous, or off-topic messages in an online community, such as a forum, chat room, or blog, with the primary intent of provoking readers into an emotional response[2] or of otherwise disrupting normal on-topic discussion.[3] The noun troll may refer to the provocative message itself, as in: “That was an excellent troll you posted.”
              While the word troll and its associated verb trolling are associated with Internet discourse, media attention in recent years has made such labels subjective, with trolling describing intentionally provocative actions and harassment outside of an online context. For example, mass media has used troll to describe “a person who defaces Internet tribute sites with the aim of causing grief to families.”[4][5]

              • Victin Luz says:

                Why @arsenio if your comments was criticized and you can not defend your postings, were you provoked to an emotional response? Kung Mali ka , you have to stand to be corrected @arsenio@@Josephf .

                Ako mga noong bago dito , posted a comment that … senator SAGUISAG , one of my idol ex senator and I thought was of the same level of ex se. DIOKNO and others but right here and then I was corrected by the CPEMR’S . Kulang ang DATA ko about SAGUISAG , I studied their opposition and accepted that I was wrong.

                Ganito tayo dito @Josephf @arsenio,…..kung kulang kulang naman ang sinasabi nyo at lalo na Kung mali kayo di tanggapin nyo na mali kayo. Diba mga sir.

              • vander anievas says:

                hahaha, nakakatuwa ang dalawang ito. eventually, you’ll grow up into matured cpmer’s. believe you me. keep posting. enjoy your day with our jolly commenters…

              • josephf says:

                @victin luz & vander anievas

                cpemr’s what are your credentials to taken so seriously? if what you were stating are all true and in fact of essence, why are your statements are not being used by the present gov’t to help them rid the graft & corruptions. with all the knowledge that you have ity should be enough to put every corrupt man in the gov’t behind bars or bdid imiss something?

                victin luz called us barok so i asked a filipino friend. he said barok is philippine version of flintstone.

                really victin luz i would rather be fred flinstone than your barok cuz obviously your barok brain is underdevelope compared to fred flinstone. thousand years behind even to this day the way you think. no wonder you guys don’t want to be confronted by just mere questions

                now we can start again, we asked the questions and and you bguys just answer. Alrighty!

            • Victin Luz says:

              @Josephf@arsenio……..don’t give up, we can learn many things from our CPEMR’S . We were against each others on this TOPIC but coming next we might be on the same side. HALA BIRA mga kaibigan.

              Lahat ng kumukuntra sa inyo , pag aralan nyong mabuti , marami kayong matutunan sa kanila mga sir.

              • Johnny Lin says:

                “One can bring the horse to the water, difficult to force it drink the water”

                He he he

              • josephf says:

                not from johnny lin all his statements are farce won’t hold water

                and your right victin luz if all the queries are answered truthfully then we can be on the same page but till then we will keep asking for clarity on what you guys are stating.

              • Victin Luz says:

                @arsenio Reyes……..then why not ask your ilokano friend if aim wrong or nagsisinungaling ako. Barok in ilocano ” when an elder person was talking to younger one the difference of age is much much lower. From Baguio city ako but I grew up in La union @ arsenio…. Tanong ka dyan barok tama ako .

              • Yes Victin Luz i believe you are telling the truth. I take it at face value by the way you say it now.
                I’ll take your word for it.

                What I commented is that you should have said it in the your first comment on barok. Because to Tagalogs Barok means mountain people as in the Tagalog comics featuring Barok is like in the stone age era or flintstone as Josephf said.

                I understand you only now. Like in Pangasinan as I learned before, meron means wala or wala means meron. I can’t remember what it is. So to a Tagalog person, there will be
                confusion because wala means none, meron means there is.

              • Victin Luz says:

                @arsenio@Josephf………. Mukhang Mali ang pinagtanungan ni @Josephf…….nagtanong daw sa ” to a FILIPINO friend ” he he diyos ko po. Magatanung kayo sa “. ILOKANO FRIENDs ” mga barok kasi. Wag putak ng putak agad.

            • josephf says:

              @ i will if i know fully well max but i don’t why don’t try to answer ansernio’s query and put this to rest instead of attacking us. when everything is clarified we can call it off.

            • Victin Luz says:

              Hay @Josephf…….. Naku po , sino naman ang nagsabing Flinstone ay Barok………….. Ang barok sa amin dito sa Ilocos Region ay ” hijo o kaya anak , o kaya nakakabatang kapatid,…. A person of much much lower than you age Josephf…………Iyang kaibigan mo ang he he galing sa planetang MARS ata……. Pag nag aaway kami ng kapati ko noong bata pa kami…..naririnig ko ang mgamtatanda da amin, ” barok tama na iyan at magkapatid kayo , ” ading mo iyan ” means younger brother mo iyan. No offense ha @Josephf ha..

              • Another deceitful and intellectually dishonest comment in the way you said your previous comment.

                Nobody knows here where your province is unless he knows you personally or stated what you’re saying now because it was intended to trigger an angry response. Now you’re trying to rationalize your mistake and make excuses. A double-edged name call, that’s what it is now.

                You’re pathetic Mr. Victin Luz. It was important for a person in the first place to know what you say or explain only now. It was a malicious strategy . Unless, of course, the interpreter is Ilocano too and could explain another meaning just like yours and he didn’t.

                Knowing full well that Josephf needs an interpreter on certain tagalog words, you deliberately intended to mislead, made insulting name-call now in the guise of brotherly advice.

                Nice try but bad.

              • josephf says:

                @victin luz

                my friend he not from your region and only speak philippino and tagalog. he said the philippines start going down when marcos became the president and marcos is from your region. he also said that his defense minister speak the same dialect. so don’t assumed that i can understand every word from your region. if i use gaelic words here im sure you won’t understand it either.

                its the question that i asked to johnny lin that has not been answered until now passing the burden to me instead when in fact he opened it up. johnny lin’s answer are like get a waiver etc. he had the info but not the facts. just let johnny lin or whoever have the answer and we can stop hurling insults to each other. just answer it no need for rhetorics

      • 4.1.4
        Johnny Lin says:

        That “icon of journalism” accepted government appointments. Very sad.

        He is dead, we talk about him because some peopele still idolize him for his journalistic accomplisments but did not know anything about his private life because of many reasons.

        Those in the loop aware of his “dirty deals” appreciated his writings but not his status.

        Nothing changes, “icon” interchanged with “emeritus”.

        • 4.1.4.1

          May we know what were his dirty deals? His wife or daughter may somehow come to his defense since he is already dead.

          • 4.1.4.1.1
            Johnny Lin says:

            Should have stayed dead. Should never have opened. Too late sharing facts.

            Reminiscing prominent personalities is double sided, admiration or derision.
            Talk about Hitler to a Jew, response is understandable. Talk about him with Atty Topacio, GMA lawyer, response might be surprising.

            Faith is in the mind of the believer.

            • You see, its just words of accusation, there’s nothing you can say about those dirty deals or whatever it is.

              Suddenly remembering prominent personalities is good or bad is not a
              good answer nor is involving another person like Topacio when you can’t
              answer your own statement.

              • Victin Luz says:

                It was already answered by @mam RAISSA ..about the conflict of interest of Mr. Soliven in accepting /continuing as publisher of PAL MABUHAY magazine even though LUCIO TAN revealed he was the owner of PAL sir.

                I am not a journalist like you but tell us then any writings or publication by Max Soliven condemning the tax evasion cases of LUCIO TAN or anything about the Fortune Tobaco Corporation owned also by TAN which for decades controlling the prices of tobacco in Northern Luzon does depriving small tobacco farmers their rightfull shares/income on the product. TELL if you know one@ arsenio.

              • Sorry Ms. Victin Luz but I am the one asking about the “dirty deals” which to my mind means many deals. I think that is my question. If you follow the exchange of opinions, I said and clearly stated that Mr. Soliven can no longer defend himself. I cannot defend Mr. Soliven on that matter.

                And if you consider it a dirty deal, that is your opinion of a dirty deal.
                The dirty deal accusation was made by Mr. Johnny Lin and not me.

                It’s good that Ms. Raissa cited her own example. So are there other deals you may happen to know? It was not Ms. Raissa who said there are dirty deals but merely mentioned a dark side so it may be one.

              • Victin Luz says:

                Tell us a story that the Max Soliven directly attacked the Crisologo’s tobacco blockade during the latter’s reign in ILOCOS SUR or the recently SINGSON’s tobacco LEVY FUND anomaly where a COA head conducting the investigation was assassinated few years back.

                Ilocos Region was the first ” BALUARTE ” of LUCI TAN….. And the SOLIVEN were from the same place but did MAX write hard against these FAMILIES ……NO

                @arsenio…. We don’t have evidence of payoff but ” sila ay magkakaibigan ” that is where the CONFLICT of INTEREST will comes in .

                Dr. Ortega became the director of the crocodile farm in PPrincesa City because of the influence/ strong recommendation of the late speaker MITRA. I stayed in Palawan for the last 21years and I am a witnessed how the assassinated Ortega, then congressman Baham MItra now governor , ex Governor Reyes ( suspected mastermind of the killing ). , party list rep. Payuyo and also conga. Alvarez were not only of the same political party but ” ika nga magbabarkada ” but when the Malampaya shares and the ” KALIKASAN at KABUNDUKAN ” was prostituted by his ” KAIBIGAN “………. Left and right @ arsenio on the local radio and the local papers ” walang pahinga ang banat ni GERRY dahil iyon naman ang katotohanan ”

                He was assassinated and the fruits of his death were ,….so many mining permits cancelled, COAs auditing of the Malampaya shares and strict implementation of mining laws for RIO TUBA mining also closure of other mining firms in Palawan.

                Tell us now @arsenio …. Kung ano ang nagawa ni SOLIVEN sa Ilocos Region being a multi awarded journalist.

              • Perhaps you know more than I do. Again, it must be said that Max Soliven cannot defend himself.

                I just admire and/or believe in what he writes in his daily column.

                Knowing all the the things you mentioned, did you question him or attack him on those matters at the time they were known to you? It seems you knew all those things when Max Soliven was still alive or you just found out now?

                Certainly, it would be inconceivable if Max Soliven would threaten you or harm you then. Who would harm you then? Is it the group of Lucio Tan. Probably not since you are writing against him now?

              • Johnny Lin says:

                As I said perception is two sided. Acceptance of negative side is difficult to fanatics. Faith is in the mind of the believer. You chose to idolize based on your belief. Nobody questioned your reason to admire him, nobody is preventing you.

                Others like me were not mesmerized by him, we have our own reasons and you were questioning us. There is no reason to justify to you, take it or leave it. Move on, he is in netherworld.

                He is dead, you resurrected his name first as an example of an ideal journalist, its your fault why we were reminded of his past in this thread.

              • Victin Luz says:

                @arsenio…. Your posted word ” INSINUATING ” was misplaced . Nobody was insinuating here , in our TOPIC even our host doesn’t want to name name’s even though she knew some of the corrupt journalist.

                Dark side doesn’t directly or automatically means DIRTY DEALs @ arsenio. On my own understanding based on what was posted by our HOST means a journalist like MAX SOLIVEN if not that CONFLICT of INTERST should have written HARD against LUCIO TAN activities. HE has NO BUSINESS KEEPING SILENT AGAINST LUCIO.

                SILENCE was not afforded to SOLIVEN being a top notch journalist as you said @Arsenio.

            • Mr. Johnny Lin:

              You now conveniently say its too late for sharing facts when you are being asked for proof. The reason is you don’t have it.

              • Johnny Lin says:

                Proof is 6 ft otg

                He he he

              • Mr. Johnny Lin :

                I don’t also care about your personal beliefs and I don’t also have to justify my personal beliefs to you nor asking you to believe what I say. But if you have proofs of what you say, then show it.

                Proofs are not based on personal beliefs. So Why did Raissa handed the money to the late Betty Go doesn’t prove anything.

                Proof is 6ft otg? Again nothing. Joseph is right, you should put up or shut up.

              • Johnny Lin says:

                Take it or leave it
                He he he

            • josephf says:

              @johnny lin

              too late sharing facts or you had no solid facts. don’t divert focus in here. forget hitler and jews

              • josephf says:

                @ victin luz

                in english speaking country where i was born and raised dark side of a person means something not nice.

                explain to me why you said and i quote “Dark side doesn’t directly or automatically means DIRTY DEALs”. pls in layman words.

              • Johnny Lin says:

                Josephf

                Only school kids are spoonfed. number of days, martial law, in jail plus taipan plus secret contract between publication and PAL owner

                Dirty deals for self interest.

                wrong choice of idols, splattered with stinking mud all over

                He he he

        • 4.1.4.2
          josephf says:

          @johnny lin

          Nothing changes, “icon” interchanged with “emeritus”. there you go again johnny boy. do you really really know what you were saying in english or your trying to look intellectual cuz you are cpemr’s according to victin luz. is forum a pissing contest johnny?

          • 4.1.4.2.1
            Johnny Lin says:

            Josephf

            Keep being a red neck, Filipino talk is beyond your intelligence.

            Besides you do not know the personalities we were referring to as icon or emeritus. Even your Filipino friend probably does not know the names we are talking about.

            Have you heard the story of the schoolboy who wanted to be grown up? Punchline is in Tagalog, useless to translate to a doofus anyway, waste of time.

            Thanks for being a fan. Keep reading, after a while you will catch up on Filipino lingo

            He he he

      • 4.1.5
        josephf says:

        raissa can you proved the dark side since you open it up.

  41. 3
    grace mary a. tan says:

    our govt have to do something to stop this practice

    • 3.1
      raissa says:

      And netizens too.

    • 3.2
      leona says:

      I wrote to give a blog here @grace…can’t find it! Otra vez…

      Maybe, the gov’t should include in its national budget some form of subsidy to all good standing bona fide journalists and news reporters like P5, 000.00/month under the SEC. 4 ART. III Freedom of Speech and Press Clause.

      Local gov’t may also make a counter-part subsiy same amount. All this without prejudice to whatever they earn or receive from their income whatever source, like employment.

      The are part and parcel of our democratic way of life. If Q.C. gov’t can require all house/home owners to pay additional P900+ to their real estate taxes every year for use of purpose of “informal settlers or squatters” why not for our journalists and news reporters? This will help them a lot. And lessen selling their souls to corrupt people.

      • 3.2.1

        I think Ms/Mr Leona is utterly wrong when he\she said this:

        @Arsenio…you really believe in your heart the dirty faced journalists will comment on what Raissa gave here? And “deny” that they are involved in corruptions? That revealing themselves obviously [ as many would interpret ]. No, those guys will not make comments here.

        I am still reading and cogitating. Plaza Miranda is for all kinds of people.
        MS. Raissa made it so.

        • 3.2.1.1
          leona says:

          @Alizarin…am curious you’re interested to know whether I am a “Ms” or a “Mr.” Or a “he/she” too? Does a suspicion reveal it from the way I blog here? How about you? hahaha! Using “Ali” for a start is “he/Mr.” At the end “zarin” is “Ms/she!” “Veridia” could be “she?” …just an unnecessary curiosity.

          To your point…that bad journalists will not make comments here…am utterly wrong. Possible…they will not, or they will also. We will know in due time, possibly. How many sun and moons before you end cogitating? hahaha.

          Tama ka. Plaza Miranda is for all kinds of people as MS. Raissa made it so. Thanks Raissa. All are welcome including strict constructionist of evidence proving to challenge blogged statements here to attach the proofs in support of lins-taks’ blogggings! To see the proofs here is to believe! This topic, a painful one as said by the author was never initially subjected to such proofs attached as others here were selectively asked to do so! But later, it seems they are now, starting to get that idea…prove it by attached facts like lin-taks’ comp receipts, etc.

          Watch out many out here whatever you say may need proofs…attach them please. If no attached proofs, do not blog that item. In Plaza Miranda I remember, I didn’t hear one shouting “PROOFS! We want proofs! Evidence!” But people enjoyed listening just the same. It was up to the wee hours of the moon and sun coming out [ you phrase ] and no evidence or proofs were made by any of the favorite speakers in that Plaza! If ever those speakers did mark evidence it would have bored the hearers like hearing: I respectfully mark this as Exh. A [ mark it says the Judge] Defense says “as Exh. 1, your Honor] Mark it says the Judge again. And the markings on both sides has already reached triple ZZZ and 256, respectively! Judge asks: What’s that document’s next marking? The clerk answers: triple KikiKi, your Honor. Mark it! One senator [ a lady] laughs very loudly! What’s that other exhibit? [Judge asks] Clerk: Exh. Giii, your Honor, as in Gut! Another loud laugh from the same senator!

          So, Alizarin, finish cogitating? The Plaza’s time is only 9 p.m., tagal pa! I hope you utterly enjoy this or my mea cupla for being boring. Thanks. Not leaving now.

          Lin-taks’ proofs be ready. hahaha.

          • 3.2.1.1.1
            josephf says:

            @leona

            you must be watchin a lot of tv during the impeachment. your word looks like been scripted. and nice words ” alizarin finish cogitating” . what about “alizarin start cogitating” i think thats the right way of using it in english. do even know the meaning of cogitating with out looking for its meaning in the dictionary or internet? and speak latin too “mea cupla” or you mean mea culpa. i think you should say it phillippine words. i had a filipino friend who can translate.

            one more thing avoid watching too much tv obviously thats where you got all this latin word and lingo in the court. bye now

  42. 2
    mera says:

    tama ms.raissa ngayon pa lang grabeh na yung mga sponsors kuno ng mga government officials sa mga radio..ang tanong kung san ba nila kinukuha ang pangbayad nila..sa taong bayan kaya?

    • 2.1
      leona says:

      @mera…givers or bribers to news reporters wants to be noveau rich via people’s money of course!

      • 2.1.1
        Victin Luz says:

        @mamleona ……are Politicians especially the Local’s allowed to own or maintain radio stations? Will it not be a conflict of interest on their part?

        • 2.1.1.1
          leona says:

          @Victin Luz…what’s wrong for a political dynastaur to own a radio station in town when the town is practically owned by the relic animal?

          Not only the town, the animal owns also the hired killers, the guns and bullets, the licensing radio agency, atbpa! Political dynastauring is ka dugtung sa news reporters also. The latter are mistresses or gigolos of the mister animal or madam animal, respectively.

          As I said in No. 5 above, in all professions it is a clash of the good vs the bad. Money tempts Money corrupts! The formats for corruption maybe different but the same money bills are used.

          Samples: a Doctor says to the animal accused “You are pretentiously sick. I will tell everybody you cannot stand any criminal investigations or trial! Go sit on a wheel chair!” Sick money is exchanged.

          a Lawyer tells the accused animal “I can handle your case. Follow what your Doctor says. I can delay the termination of the case. Buy the judge Buy the prosec Buy the witnesses What is the problem? None! In my occupation, we invent everything to something!” Attorney’s fee exchanged.

          a News Reporter says to the relic haring animal “I will write the best false incredible news praising you! Anong gusto mo, daily, weekly or monthly? ” The AtM machine starts clinking clinking CLANK! Tapos! Deposito na! Warik-warik fee exchange finished.

          So, what’s new? None. We can have all the bad practices in all professions and occupations prohibited by many laws but not much of it will diminished. It might even increase in all crescendos! As long as humans remain imperfect, the world lived will also have imperfections!

          God gave us humans only TEN to follow. We, the multitudes are folly to try making our thousands if not millions from it. Still, imperfections – the BAD, flourish.

          In the final or end of our journeys, it is our consciences with God that finally counts. Innocent or Guilty? Asks the JUDGE!

          What is your diagnosis Doctor? What is your reply Lawyer? And, what is your NEWS Mr. News Reporter?

          Common Answers: Fee….damn! My Lord God!

          Penalty for each of you: Doctor, you get infected in all contagious diseases. Lawyer you will continue to gasp arguing the impossibles, News reporter you will without let up continue to report NEWS without readers and hearers. All for Eternity!

          Call the next case!…hears a doctor, a lawyer and a news reporter’…names. …AGAIN? JUDGE calls for a short recess!

          • 2.1.1.1.1
            josephf says:

            @leona

            can you really prove what you are saying? you sound like johnny lin speaking as if an authority on this matter. advice to both of you dont take seriously whats being blog. you guys take it like a gospel.

            • Johnny Lin says:

              Tale of 5 monkeys:

              3 monkeys sitting on a bench. First monkey covers eyes, second covers ears, third monkey covers mouth.
              Why?

              Cause fourth monkey coming over covering his nose!

              Fifth monkey watching them from top of tree branch suddenly jumped while waving both hands sideways without catching the other branch. Fell on the ground flat dead.

              Lesson: know why one does not look, does not hear, does not talk about, cause it stinks.
              Bad is when you tell all of them not do it forgetting to watch your every step, in the end causing your own embarrassment.

              He he he

              • leona says:

                @johnny lin…dear brod, I congrat you…you to me…we’re authority on this matter! AY! SALAMAT! We’re the GOSPEL BROTHERS! pa. Read St. Jupak 8:45 on stop, look & listen or else start stinking…

              • josephf says:

                lesson johnny all your bloggings are hollow. at least they monkeys less intellectual than you bound to make mistakes and not showing off too. you say so many things but have really not answer all or any of my queries.

                your evading dawg

              • AUGUST C FERNANDO says:

                Another magnanimous GIFT lesson in English for our resident GOEBBELS: Learn how to differentiate and use the words YOUR and YOU’RE. Wrong users of these words belong to the illiterate specie of homo sapiens… you know, those critters who, when God distributed brains on Earth, were under the unfathomable Philippine Deep and hence at present do not have any. BRAINS, I mean. Lesson 2, English 101: YOUR is a possessive pronoun. YOU’RE is the contracted form of YOU ARE. Crystal? Class of One dismissed. Go home now. Take care on the way. Huwag tatabi sa trak gaya ng bilin ng Nanay mo, ha? Baka masagasaan ka! ;)

            • pinay710 says:

              @josephf, i told you these people you are bangging are CPmers FAMILY. FAMILY sometimes dont agree but stil FAMILY. DO YOU BELIEVE IN FAMILY? whether sorrugated or real family the same. YES they got authority cause they will not comment if not. try to read their previous comments. DONT ADVICE THEM they are more authoritative than you. they give proof in all their arguments. just read from start of raissa blog. from corona to the present. i assure you, you will be enlightened and learn from them. not just dispising them. trust me!!

              • leona says:

                @pinay…like you ordered ‘em DROP YOUR PANTS DOWN!…hahaha

              • josephf says:

                @pinay
                do you mean banging? hell fuck no, im not gonna bang johnny lin maybe you if your young.

                and pls your so called family are distorted if they can simply answer my simple queries. im not interested in corona trial. im interested about this so called journalism in your country’ i read johnny lin’s posting thats why im asking cause there are some point that need clarification. now why just not answer it instead of rhetoric and names calling. all of you almost called me everything but a white boy cuz i raised question so is arsenio reyes.

                @leona
                dawg you misunderstood the meaning of the word banging. i can tell but its nasty meaning. just asked any white guy over there but definitely not DROP YOUR PANTS DOWN HAHAHA LEARN FROM JOHNNY LIN HE IS GOOD IN ENGLISH BEEN HERE IN STATE

              • josephf says:

                @pinay
                one more thing about family. i totally understood what a family is however i would refused to be a member of a family you just mentioned. its a dysfaunctional family that self serving interest who repel any questions raised. this is not freedom that raissa is trying to advocate. your so called family is mockery of of the word family. its very suppressive. maybe you can tell your family members cpemr’s to look at themselves in the mirror and start thinking of what they are doing. and if nothing helps seek psychiatric help. i know its not nice what isaid sorry but truth hurts

              • raissa says:

                You said –

                this is not freedom that raissa is trying to advocate. your so called family is mockery of of the word family. its very suppressive. maybe you can tell your family members cpemr’s to look at themselves in the mirror and start thinking of what they are doing. and if nothing helps seek psychiatric help.

                Why do you bother to come here then?

              • AUGUST C FERNANDO says:

                From our resident GOEBBELS: QUOTE… “maybe you can tell your family members cpemr’s to look at themselves in the mirror and start thinking of what they are doing. and if nothing helps seek psychiatric help..” UNQUOTE…. Well, I am a “family member” here and am proud of it. Goebbels, I will “seek psychiatric help” per your advice.. Only and only after YOU have seen your VETERINARIAN. Deal? [Scan and publish the Vet's receipt here, ok? Baka magpalusot ka lang eh! Hahaha!]

              • AUGUST C FERNANDO says:

                From RAISSA above: QUOTE “Why do you bother to come here then?” UNQUOTE.

                Edited by ACF to one word… for clarity and PUNCH: “TSUPIIII!!” ;)

          • 2.1.1.1.2
            josephf says:

            @leona

            your GOD only gave you 10 commandments to follow and YOUR THE NUMBER ONE VIOLATOR RIGHT HGERE RIGHT NOW “thou shall not take your god’s name in vain” ……fucking christ do you really fear your god that your making a mockery of him Common Answers: Fee….damn! My Lord God!

            amen st. josephf

  43. 1
    mera says:

    especially some local media are corrupt..tsk,tsk,tsk,….

  44. vincent says:

    Hi Raissa, Greetings! I’ll be around from now on; mostly to read you, but also might contribute some things which I think sensible enough, ok? All my best!
    vincent

  45. leona says:

    Tomorrow is an earlier fight than Pacman v Marquez on Dec. 9 [ here ], it is the ‘fight’ in our Supreme Court! What happened? Re “faked” resolution by the CJ Sereno? The link is

    SEVERAL justices of the Supreme Court (SC) are raring to confront Chief Justice Ma. Lourdes Sereno during their en banc session tomorrow, after the latter allegedly pulled a fast one on her colleagues when she ordered the issuance of a “fake and fraudulent” resolution on the creation of a new judicial office in Visayas.

    At least six High Court justices reached by The Manila Times claimed that Sereno ordered the opening of a Regional Court Administration Office (RCAO) in Cebu City without authority from the en banc.

    All speaking on condition of anonymity, the magistrates were one in denying that they had ratified Sereno’s order for the revival and reopening of the RCAO.

    They also belied claims that they allowed the chief justice to appoint Judge Geraldine Faith Econg to be the officer in charge of the regional office.

    Fuming
    The six justices were fuming when interviewed by The Times, with one of them saying that the chief magistrate “made a fool out of them.”

    “Niloloko niya ang en banc. This resolution never took place. Everything she stated is false. She is a liar,” an associate justice said.

    Sereno went to Cebu City on Thursday for the re-launching and re-opening of RCAO. Her visit was made on the assumption that her order had been ratified. As it turned out, her colleagues even junked it.

    Another High Court justice who learned about the document sent a text message to The Times saying that Sereno had “no authority from the Court.”

    “Watch on Tuesday,” the magistrate said, in reference to the regular en banc session of the court on December 4.

    “Humanda siya sa Martes [She must prepare herself on Tuesday],” another magistrate threatened.

    One justice confirmed that Sereno will surely be “grilled” over the issue “because she exceeded her authority as chief justice.” The magistrate warned that the faking of the RCAO resolution was a clear violation of the 1987 Constitution and can be a ground for Sereno’s impeachment.

    “Walang voting na nangyari. Paano niya maa-appoint si Econg [There was no voting. How can she appoint Econg]?,” the magistrate argued.

    Resolution
    The two-page resolution, a copy of which was obtained by The Times, was dated November 27, 2012 and signed and promulgated by SC en banc clerk of Court Enriqueta Vidal. The date jibed with the en banc session last week, where Sereno reportedly had a heated argument with some of her colleagues.

    The document reads: “Administrative Matter No. 12-11-9-SC [Re: Opening of the Regional Trial Court Administration Office (RCAO) in Region 7].

    The Court Resolved to:
    [a] RATIFY the action of Chief Justice Maria Lourdes P.A. Sereno to revive the Regional Court Administration Office in Region 7, with Phase I on: [a] procurement; [b] approval of leave; and [c] payroll administration; and

    [b] APPOINT Judge Geraldine Faith A. Econg, Deputy Clerk of Court and Judicial Reform Program Administrator, as Officer-in-charge of RCAO-Region 7, effective immediately and for a period of two [2] months.”

    One of the six justices interviewed by The Times alleged that Sereno wanted Econg to be removed as the head of the Project Management Office (PMO) so that she can reinstate to the post former PMO head Evelyn Dumdum who served from the time of chief justice Hilario Davide Jr. up to the time of chief justice Artemio Panganiban.

    Panganiban, it was further alleged, was pushing for the re-appointment of Dumdum to the PMO post. The former chief justice is one of Sereno’s advisers.

    Dumdum left the PMO during the tenure of chief justice Reynato Puno after it was discovered that she had another job in Thailand, which was disallowed by the SC en banc.

    Ignorant
    Another magistrate said that the problem with a “junior” justice like Sereno is that she is not fully aware of the job and duties of the chief justice and how the court works.

    “She was not a law practitioner. She has never been a judge in her entire life. Ang problema kay Meilou [Sereno’s nickname] ay wala talaga siyang alam! Hindi naman siya makapagtanong kay Tony [Justice Antonio Carpio] kasi nga hinakbangan niya eh dati lang siyang tao ni Tony [The problem with Sereno is that she doesn’t know anything. She could not ask for advice from Tony because she bypassed him when she was just his protégé],” the justice said.

    During last Tuesday’s en banc session, the magistrates clarified that what was agreed upon was for Sereno to amend her Administrative Orders reopening RCAO and allowed Econg to study for a period of two months how the RCAO should operate and to later on submit a report to the SC en banc.

    During the deliberation, Carpio said that “guidelines must be laid down in the creation of RCAO.”

    Justice Presbitero Velasco, on the other hand, suggested that Econg “can only make a study because it is only the Office of the Court Administrator or his deputy” who can be assigned to do the job.

    But Court Administrator Jose Midas Marquez was put on a “floating status” by Sereno because he was identified with former chief justice Renato Corona.

    When Sereno was appointed, Marquez was bypassed in court administration matters.

    Congress’ job
    The first SC justice interviewed by The Times pointed out that the creation of a new or revival of an old government office is a job for Congress and not the chief justice.

    “Any act of the chief justice in terms of creating an office must be submitted with the Court en banc for approval,” the justice said.

    By law, Congress must enact the creation of a new government unit because it would involve the appropriation of funds.

    Mental test
    Based on an 11-page Psychiatric and Psychological Report submitted to the Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) by a group of two medical psychiatrists and two psychologists prior to her appointment, it was learned that Sereno has the tendency to make decisions based on her “mood.”

    “She projects a happy mood but has depressive markers too. There is a strong tendency to make decisions based on current mood thus, outcome is highly subjective and self-righteous,” the report said.

    Sereno reportedly got a low grade of four in the mental test.

    On the first page of the report, it was explained that all of the candidates who applied for the position of chief justice shall be graded under the “Five Point Numerical Rating System.” A grade of 1 shall be considered as the highest or most superior, 3 shall be the median and 5 shall be the lowest or a failing mark.

    Sereno was interviewed on July 18, 2012, but despite her low mark, the JBC included her in the shortlist of nominees after she got six votes.

    Under the existing policy of the JBC, an applicant to any position in the judiciary who garnered a grade of 4 will no longer be recommended. A candidate who got a grade of 5 shall automatically be rejected for being “mentally disturbed.”

    The justices are out to get the CJ. Whoa!

      • Tomas Gomez III says:

        Prudence is called for…..hinay hinay, as lolo Confucius would say. Manila Times has a record of bias against CJ Sereno. But nonetheless, it would be interesting to find out the results of the en banc as well as the veracity of the MT “news item.” An ax to grind when wielded by a media outlet can also be a disservice to democracy because truth is distorted.

    • TOL says:

      Kudos to the justices. Ang gagaling nyo po. By the way, nasaan po ba kayo during the impeachment trial? You were so mum. Tapos ngayon you are so loud in saying na “niloloko niya ang en banc.” Sabagay nga naman, Corona was not “fooling them” that time when he was making all his palusot because they may be of the same ilk. Besides, the tone of the “news” article says it all. Notice how it dwells on Sereno being a neophyte, never a law practitioner, walang alam, “tao lang dati ni Tony”, mental test flunker, etc. instead on citing why these “at least six” judges disagree on re-opening RCAO.

      Hmmmm…I can smell something…..INGGIT. Hanapan natin ng butas si CJ. Tama po ba?

  46. Kalahari says:

    Sad to say that some members of the fourth estate, who don’t belong to the highly-paid columnists, are resorting to trash journalism or envelopmental journalism to make both ends meet.

    Look at the numerous presscons at Malacañang and the big bags of some journalists, not to say the pestering presence of press members that frequent the BOC, Pagcor, etc. The worst is at the provincial level where local politicians have bagmen ready to hand out envelopes to media people.

    As the saying goes “got to live guys.”

  47. leona says:

    Vox Populi Est Suprema Lex…the voice of the people is the law… RH bill due for voting by 287 House members and 23 Senators soon…Let Us Be Heard On This!

    I vote Yea…approved the RH bill !

    What say YOU?…be counted! Let our Congress know here at CPM! The link of the news

    http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/316901/aquino-urges-lawmakers-vote-on-reproductive-health-bill-now

    • jorge bernas says:

      @ leona,

      Tama ka leona, Dapat nang ipasa ang RH Bill dahil malaking tuolong ito sa lahat….

    • curveball says:

      Dapat ipasa na ang RH Bill sa taon na ito. Wag na patagalin!

      • Victin Luz says:

        @mam Leona @sir Johnny Lin………please read the editorial page of Phil. Star written by Jose Sison…….that PNOY and the PRO RH BILL ( MAMBABATAS and etc, ) were allowing FOREIGN INTRUSION for the approval of RH BILL.

        Who is he SISON,…..is he a good and honest journalist?

  48. leona says:

    Raissa, here is a link of the cases of Ambil, Jr. v Sandiganbayan/People of the Phil., and Apelado, Jr. vs Sandiganbayan/People of the Phil. dated July 6, 2011. The issue, among others, was SEC. 3 (e) of RA 3019, as Amended, Anti-Graft & Corrupt Practices Act. As you wrote that “But it does not punish government officials who bribe members of mass media,” this cases as jointly decided by the SC, appears that it does punish as interpreted by the Court when the accused governor, Ambil, Jr., granted an unwarranted accused Mayor – a private party [ as interpreted by the Court ] benefits, etc. In short, a journalist who is “given” a bribe by a government official under RA 3019, as Amended, so as to “benefit” obviously the journalist or news reporter [ as also the briber gov't official ] makes the briber gov’t official criminally liable under this law, RA 3019, as Amended.

    An interesting topic that you brought out. Please check if you can say you agree to the ruling of the Court,

    the link http://sc.judiciary.gov.ph/jurisprudence/2011/july2011/175457.htm

    • leona says:

      What I mean “agree” is that a government official who “bribes” a journalist is criminally liable contrary to your belief in your article here that the briber is not.

    • Rene-Ipil says:

      Leona@39

      The operative phrase is “a public officer discharging his official functions”. Example, a mayor discharging his function of issuing business permit to a person or entity. If unwarranted, etc., it is a corrupt act. The question is “Is giving cash to media, using his own money, a violation of anti-graft law? I don’t think so. Providing support or assistance to media thru cash incentives is not a function of public officers. But giving people’s money to media is, I believe, malversation of public fund at the least.

      • leona says:

        @Rene-Ipil…the SC in its reasoning as to the acts committed under Sec. 3(e) by the accused Ambil, Jr [ the governor] said, quote:

        “Needless to state the resulting violation of the Anti-Graft Law did not proceed from the due performance of his duty or lawful exercise of his office.”

        The Court found the governor Ambil, Jr. exceeded his authority in the acts committed. So, from my understanding, the Court did not say the officer’s act must be in “discharging his official functions.” The quoted portion above includes and can “cover” acts not “in the discharge of his official xxx functions” Sec. 3(e) of the Law. If “exceeding in authority” is understood as “not proceeding from due performance of a duty or lawful exercise of office” bribery to mass media people by a gov’t official, is not “in the performance of duty or lawful exercise thereof,” as stated in these cases, Sec. 3(e) is violated under this provision of the law.

        The decision gives a sweeping reasoning for coverage of acts in violation under Sec. 3(e) on corruption through bribery in this law. My opinion. It is “Graft and Corrupt Act” as understood.

        • Rene-Ipil says:

          Leona @ 39.2

          In the SC decision you cited he Supreme Court said in regard to elements of violation of Section 3(e) of RA 3019.

          “In order to hold a person liable under this provision, the following elements must concur: (1) the accused must be a public officer discharging administrative, judicial or official functions; (2) he must have acted with manifest partiality, evident bad faith or gross inexcusable negligence; and (3) his action caused any undue injury to any party, including the government, or gave any private party unwarranted benefits, advantage or preference in the discharge of his functions.

          “As to the first element, there is no question that petitioners are public officers discharging official functions x x x.”

          The Supreme Court also said in regard to the justifying circumstances cited by the accused:

          “Needless to state, the resulting violation of the Anti-Graft Law did not proceed from the due performance of his duty or lawful exercise of his office.”

          It is clear that the above statement of the SC refers to the justifying circumstance on the commission of a crime. But I think you have a good point in saying that an exceeded authority is no authority at all. However, the SC already emphasized beforehand that the accused were public officers discharging official functions.

  49. Johnny Lin says:

    Reality evolution of newspapers:

    Long time ago in the nineteenth century, Thomas Jefferson said: “Advertisements contain the only truth to be relied on in a newspaper”

    Currently, truth in advertising is even wanting!

    Success is evident in the fourth estate, From Lying to Bribery/ Extortion
    Or is it progress?

    He he he!

    • ed celis says:

      News for Sale
      The Corruption and Commercialization of the Philippine Media, 2004 Edition
      BY CHAY FLORENTINO-HOFILEÑA
      SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 4TH, 2004 · SHARE THIS STORY
      No one in journalism will deny that media corruption exists. There is contention only in the extent of the corruption and the damage it causes. This book, a sequel to the 1998 publication, which is also entitled News for Sale, documents corruption as it takes place in the single most important political exercise in a democracy: elections.

      This study shows both the remarkable continuity of the forms of media corruption as well as the new types of malfeasance that emerged in the 2004 campaign. As in the 1998 edition, this version of News for Sale relies heavily on documentation (such as rate cards of broadcast networks and solicitation letters sent by radio stations to politicians) and in-depth interviews with journalists, candidates, and the media handlers of politicians and political parties.

      All the information that has been used here has been counter-checked with at least one other source. Moreover, the author used only information that her sources knew first hand. Some interviewees, however, refused to be identified by name, but in citing them, the author tried as much as possible to describe in what capacity the source was talking to her.

      Chay Florentino-Hofileña, a veteran journalist and journalism educator, wrote both the 1998 and 2004 editions of News for Sale. This new edition was spurred by the realization that even as a large chunk of campaign budgets were going to political advertising, significant amounts of money were also being allocated to pay off journalists. Florentino-Hofileña also noted that because more and more celebrities entered politics, the entertainment press also strayed into political reporting. The forms of corruption that are the norm in the entertainment press were therefore introduced to the field of political coverage.

      This book discusses outright corruption as well as more subtle conflict-of-interest situations that confront journalists and news executives. It is our hope that by bringing these problems out into the open, the media, the public, and the politicians can take steps to do something about them.

      The media have emerged as probably the most important influence on how people vote. If the media do not perform well and if their coverage is skewed because of money and other considerations, then they do a disservice to citizens. They also stunt the development of electoral politics—and this could have tragic consequences on Philippine democracy.

      The book is available at the PCIJ office. For more information, email pcij@pcij.org or call (+632) 4319204.

      Posted in: Bookshop, Journalism/Media

    • macspeed says:

      Theres money in lying and any form of cover up…journalists somehow are similar to attorneys with respect to the client…

      during my college days, i only read the sports, comic page and horoscopes….he he he occasionally contents of headlines…where ever truth is evident and amusing…

  50. manuelbuencamino says:

    First step towards changing the behavior is by naming those who take bribes. Even more is to name those who do AC/DC journalism. We’ve heard there are some big names involved in this racket.

    • Johnny Lin says:

      Naming names not necessary.

      Initial step must come from publishers/editors in chief. They know who they are. Must pledge and forge a covenant among each others not to employ or utilize the services of the culprits. Nobody is indispensable.

      Tricky part is, will the owners cooperate? Publishing is a cutthroat business!
      Who is willing to sacrifice business for integrity and honesty in the profession?

      How many will be left considering Marites Vitug claims 80-90% are guilty?
      What a monster nurtured by greed!

      • leona says:

        @Johnny lin..I call that corruption within corruption…like Taal Lake … a lake within a lake. A monster…that has no dimensions…limitless – farther more than the mind can think!

        Greed! 5th Commandment…Thou shalt no steal! This covers all forms of stealing one of which is greed!

        Name another one…and another one…and so on and on…

        • Victin Luz says:

          in engineering term ma’am@Leona ………infinite corruption ( infinity ) I just don’t know how to post the engng. sign of INFINITY here. Yes an unlimited corruption, it can not be quantified or if you are going to integrate journalist corruption’s the exponent raises from 0 to INFINITY. ” walang hanggan “

      • manuelbuencamino says:

        Johnny Lin,

        Eh paano kung yun publisher/editor in chief ay corrupt din? Paano kung yun business niya ay dishonesty at lack of integrity, binibenta nga?

        • Johnny Lin says:

          @mb
          Sabi ko nga willingness ng owners at spelled sa covenant or treaty nila. They have to police themselves, do not accept the suspect as member of their group, scout honor. Example, there is a publisher in Central Luzon foreigner married to pampanguena, they publish their paper featuring politicians, praising them, print their good deeds at the same time inform and get consent of the subject beforehand in order for him/her to purchase wholesale the publication before printing who will distribute them for free in his jurisdiction. It is a legitimate business proposition, legal extortion/ bribery whatever. Profit of publisher is assured. The group of publishers could filter this rotten kind, if they have a honest manifesto. bottom line is integrity and honesty of legitimate owners/ publishers, even if there are only 3 or 4 of them. Public at netizens dapat sumo ports sa kanila. Same process we are doing with Rappler now because we the public trust their leaders. Interaksyon TV 5 online seems to be in right direction too. I can talk of the big 5 widely circulated morning newspapers but that is another story, in my personal analysis.

  51. Victin Luz says:

    @Josephf………..PARA SA IYO ITO ………. Other meaning or interpretation of DARK SIDE that doesn’t directly or automatically means DIRTY DEALS.

    If you JOSEPHF were a journalist your job/rule ( job description ) is to write EVENT’s righteously and truthfully , no MORE no LESS , ON TIME……I will repeat ON TIME especially if against ANY PERSON criminal acts ( with evidence but be careful of subjudice ) …..as a journalist like you@Josephf and in your hands are evidences then you have no right to be SILENT or SILENCE is not afforded to you at that moment.

    Now, since you were employed directly or indirectly to any person who had been charged of GRAFT and under investigation ( wala pa sa court ha ) and then you keep SILENT by not writing or broadcasting the same ,………. Here@Josephf their is no DIRTY DEALS to speak of but. ” mayroong DARK SIDE ”

    Hindi naman kayo nag usap o nag plano na wag mo siyang ilathala sa mga pahayagan ,pero dahil mga sa ikaw ay natanaw ng utang na loob sa gumawa ng KRIMEN at dahil na din na sya ang nagpapasahod sa iyo o marahil nahihiya kang kalabanin mo sya dahil natural sasama ang loob nya sa iyo kung isusulat mo nga sya…. at umiwas ka at hindi muna ilinagay sa dyaryo………..that was the DARK SIDE coming from Conflict of Interest @Josephf which has nothing to do with DIRTY DEAL’s barok.

    @comment # 4 @arsenio reyes @ Josephf

    • Victin Luz says:

      @Josephf …….pahabol in your country as you said at comment#4 ” dark side was something not nice ”

      I agree with you……pangit talaga , kaya nga Confict of Interest diba.

      Upon the declaration of LUCI TAN that he was the majority stock holder of PAL and being investigated of TAX EVASION ,,,,, @arsenio’s IDOL , MAX SOLIVEN should have resigned as editor/publisher of PAL MABUHAY magazines. SILENCE is not a defense of MAX for not condemning in writing the TAX cases of LUCI….fer.

      • Polpot says:

        Ergo, sin of omission and keeping quiet knowing fully well something fishy is happening that will cause the madlang public a huge price tag.

        • Victin Luz says:

          @polpot….. Tama ka dyan…….. Evasion of positive duty or virtual refusal to perform a duty enjoined to you being a journalist is wrong and much more if you were a multi – awarded journalist .

      • macspeed says:

        Dear Victin,

        he he he narito ka pala he he he musta na po.

        Yan ang hirap sa mga malakas kumita, nandadaya pa, di naman madadala sa hukay ang yaman…during question and answer sa judgment day ruled by the Almighty God, hindi tatanggapin anumang suhol kahit kasinlaki ng universe…paala ala sa mga sakim…
        kung ayaw nila magbayad ng tax, pede naman gastusin nila yun sa charity or share sa poor development program, then include in taxdeductions, then yun iba, pambayad sa writer…pede nyang pasulat mga good news without hesitation dahil positive act…

        • Victin Luz says:

          @mcspeed…. Mabuti naman po….iyon na mga sir, kung sino ang malaki ang kinikita iyon naman ang ayaw o kakaunti kung magbayad ng BUWIS . Sa aking pananaw kasi pag pinalusut mo ang isa at nalaman ng iba, iyong iba na dating nagbabayad ng tama, kulang na o ayaw na din MAGBAYAD.

          Maganda at napunta tayo sa blog na Ito sir, at least on our free time we can exchange the same views and sentiments and sometimes opposite with each others and a healthy exercise for us rather than playing games in the neighborhood ” na walang katuturan ” he he. see u friend always here.

    • vander anievas says:

      all those years, phil. star lang ang binabasa ko dahil kay max. although i stopped reading it nang yumao siya.
      kung totoo ang kwento sa mabuhay magazine nang mabili ni Luci ang PAL, para sa akin, conflict of interest iyon, maliwanag yun.
      sayang na impression.
      hindi ba delicadeza dictates a resignation right away he learned such a fact?
      kung nanahimik lang siya, ano ang maganda niyang dahilan?
      tama lang sigurong sabihing “dark side” iyan.

  52. andrew lim says:

    Hi Raissa,

    Just got back and got to read your SCMP piece while having coffee in Times Square, HK. Brilliant. You write daily for them?

    My comments on this issue:

    1. Asking govt to intervene here will be more problematic- issues on press freedom, etc. Better to have a self-regulating culture of integrity among the press.

    2. The market readership votes with their eyeballs and clicks or fingers anyway, and paid hacks are easily identified – and are treated accordingly. (or am I wrong? do some paid hacks get to achieve their objectives and maintain an image of integrity ?)

    What I mean to say is that (and these are my views) the likes of Tiglao, Magno, et al are outed already and are treated accordingly.

    Who reads Ninez Olivarez, for instance? Or Jojo Robles? Who respects them?

    • leona says:

      @Andrew lim…it is not working in that self-regulating body they have.On your No. 2, completely yes! They achieve their objectives and able to maintain their integrity.

  53. josephf says:

    sorry raissa i got now. my name would be then josephf. let me know if there are other with the same spelling. again im sorry.

  54. jcmqatar says:

    …when i was still working for a DPWH contractor in Quezon City during 90′s…may mga sikat na broadcasters na ang trabaho ay umarbor ng mga projects sa mga district engineers…kapalit ng hindi pag-batikos sa kanilang mga proyekto…ipina-pasa naman nila sa mga kakilala nilang contractor yung project kapalit ng 2-3% ng contract amount…although sa isang broadcaster lang ako nagkaroon ng personal na experience dahil ako mismo ang nagdadala ng pera sa opisina nya…pero kalat sa DPWH ang mga pangalan nila…ang iba ay sumubok sa pulitika…may nanalo, may natalo…di ko lang alam kung hanggang ngayon may mga kalakaran pa ding ganito…

  55. raissa says:

    @Joseph –

    I asked you before to please change your handle or name because another commenter named Joseph arrived here before you and the others would be confused if there are two Josephs here.

    Please change your handle and then I will post all your comments under the new handle.

    thanks.

    I am not censoring you.

    I’m just avoiding any confusion.

    • josephf says:

      at raissa

      this is yhe first time you said that to me. can you give a sample of his blog. if thats me i will change my name

  56. Rene-Ipil says:

    PNoy need not issue such executive order prohibiting public officers from doing “cash for coverage” act.

    R.A. 6713, the “Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials and Employees” provides:

    Section 4. Norms of Conduct of Public Officials and Employees. – (A) Every public official and employee shall observe the following as standards of personal conduct in the discharge and execution of official duties:

    c. They shall at all times respect the rights of others, and shall refrain from doing acts contrary to law, good morals, good customs, public policy, public order, public safety and public interest.

    Section 11. Penalties. – (a) Any public official or employee, regardless of whether or not he holds office or employment in a casual, temporary, holdover, permanent or regular capacity, committing any violation of this Act shall be punished with a fine not exceeding the equivalent of six (6) months’ salary or suspension not exceeding one (1) year, or removal depending on the gravity of the offense after due notice and hearing by the appropriate body or agency. If the violation is punishable by a heavier penalty under another law, he shall be prosecuted under the latter statute.

    (b) Any violation hereof proven in a proper administrative proceeding shall be sufficient cause for removal or dismissal of a public official or employee, even if no criminal prosecution is instituted against him.

    (c) Private individuals who participate in conspiracy as co-principals, accomplices or accessories, with public officials or employees, in violation of this Act, shall be subject to the same penal liabilities as the public officials or employees and shall be tried jointly with them.

    “Cash for coverage” is definitely contrary to good morals, good customs, public policy and public interest. Of course, PNoy does not have to remind public officers that “bribing” media is against government policy, although may not be punishable under the Revised Penal Code if the money given comes from their own pockets. But would anyone believe that money source?

    It is interesting that CIMA (Center for International Media Assistance) released on September 28, 2010 a report entitled “Cash for Coverage: Bribery of Journalists Around the World”.

  57. jose_ynigo says:

    Since you did not name the rotten tomatoes, can you please name the ones you know to be clean and ethical columnists? thanks and more power. I had the pleasure to have met Vergel Santos. He is a rare breed.

    • raissa says:

      Ay mahirap yan.

      People might conclude that those whom I do not name are corrupt.

      When the truth is, I can only name those who I have personal knowledge of.

      But Vergel is straight. Yes’ he’s a rare breed.

      • rallie florencio says:

        Vergel Santos is a friend whom I have met as a hardworking but a jolly good companion. Anyway, Speaking about corruption in the news media, it is not only in the Philippines. News writing have been a powerful source of information that can make or break a man including the powerful institutions of all sorts. Most members of that media know that. And since that many believe in that power, it will be a tempting field for those whose needs are more than what can satisfy them.
        There are few among you Raissa whom people can trust..Let us just hope for a time to come when the very ideal purpose of news writing will prevail most of the time.

        • AUGUST C FERNANDO says:

          To RALLIE FLORENCIO… any relation to my cousin the late GREG R FLORENCIO, JR, of TALIBA and Dept of Natl Defense? Please reply. Thanks, hijo.

    • yeheywater says:

      Nice try jose_ynigo. : )

  58. Mike Smith says:

    “I have been bribed with cash four times”
    Considering your now quite long career in journalism, four times does not seem to be very much. I guess your rebuffs, in the main, deterred further attempts.
    Well done, and best regards.

    • raissa says:

      Or I was just too naive to take the hint when a source tells me –

      what can I do for you?

      :)

  59. shiloh says:

    Looking forward the someday all things we call it ( Media professional Corruptions) is of things of the past, The world reality is more of the things we see and experiencing everyday. Meditate this verse, in Matthew 4:8-10 Still Satan own this world to those people who bow down unto him. I am not talking religion here. I am still believe that those people contaminated by this world, still has chance and hope to renew there senses. As saying goes ( No taker reduce giver – for corruption only). These media practitioner who started to cleanse up thier ranks, keep up the good works.

    I am very hopeful that do not be selective on reporting on things that will only promote yourself. I do not know if I am right in saying that media people can not report the corruption on thier ranks, or can we say, they can just tolerate. Question is this part of code of ethics. Changes is start from within, Love God above all, our country and people.

    Humble ourselve to Above, He will heal our Land. God blesses us all.

  60. THIS IS THE jewel in Ms Raissa’s crowning piece:

    “President Benigno Aquino III was right when he said rank-and-file reporters and correspondents ought to be paid better. But I would like to challenge PNoy to issue an Executive Order banning employees and officials in the Executive Department, including the police and military from giving mass media personnel cash or ATM load. I wonder if he will.”

    LET CPMers hold the jewel high up for everybody to see. That all CPMers as ONE challenge P Noy to prove his balls in his tuwid na daan to issue that EXECUTIVE ORDER. Let’s git and move our fingers on the keyboards.

  61. katataspulong says:

    now take it from Imee, Ilocos Sur Gov: “It’s the whole Filipino system—they really count on you, they have all these expectations. Your family is taking care of their family, which is taking care of your family, and it just goes on and on and on. It’s pretty feudal in the Philippines still, even though we like to fool ourselves.”

    your colleagues might lynch you for this, R.

  62. Parekoy says:

    Sa Pilipinas,

    una bibigyan ka ng pangmeryenda

    Pag umayaw ka, dadagdagan, pang dinner

    Pag ayaw tanggapin, pang Hongkong o Singapore na ticket.

    Yung mga Columnists, mas mahal yan. Yong iba directorships na malaki ang kita sa govt corporations.

    Ang media sa Pinas ay conglomerate, so yung Media side, insurance yan, pwedeng pang demolition sa kalaban.

    Powerful ang big media, ABS at GMA. Obvious naman na gusto rin ni Manny Pangilinan na may Media investment, sinimulan na ba sa TV 5? aBS- Lopez (yellow media), Inquirer- Belmonte, yung Malaya kay batanguenyo, Manila Standard at Tribune mga opposition. Tabloids pang masa, so masarap mantakot ng ma pulis, heneral, customs, mga jueteng Lord at iba pang mga Vice crimes.

    Yung mga big newspapers titirahin nyan ang mga big business, ma karibal sa pulitika.

    Merong hard approach sa pag bribe- garapal, meron din naman soft.

    I suggest ki Raissa na i-publish yung ga columnist na na appoint na mga director o may pwesto sa gobyerno samga nakaraan na administrasyon at sa current one.

    Sa pinas lahat na ng haligi ng gobyerno ay corrupt, media is known din na nalalagyan kaya nga may ‘intelligence fund’ para tumahimik ang media, pati simbahan nadale na rin.

    Yung mga cream of the crop law graduates ng UP saka Ateneo eh sila ang nagtatamasa ng kapangyarihan sa gobyerno, ergo malakihang kurapsyon ay crafted ng mga super bright na mga abogado, syempre yung PMA generals hindi pahuhuli, pano naman ang PNP, sabi ng reporter at correspondent, pano naman kami may pamilya din at may pangangailanan sa gastos sa pagpapaaral? Kungbsi tongressman bundat na sa pork barrel, si Senator papogi na meron pang aang milyong pork barrel, si Sec at si usec kailngan meron din, kasi bago nga ma release ang budget meron ng kaltas sa budget department crooks, pano naman si Gov at si Mayor? Sabi ni kapitan idol nya si Mayor so gaya rin, at hindi nagpahuli yung mga barangay kagawad at kailangan my pang toma at pulutan yung mga tanod.

    Yung ma media raw na hindi pa tumatanggap, sabi noong briber, ‘nagpapataas lang ng presyo yan’, at pag hindi pa nadala sa pakiusap baka ma riding n tandem, mas mura pa dahil hindi pa aman sikat si reporter.

    Pag sumikat na tulad ni Raissa, hahanap sila ng soft spots mo o achilles heel mo, then i-ooperate ka nila. Malaking pera, o intimidation pag nasakatan mo maigi sila sa mga articles mo. Pero as of now yung kapwa media people ang mababanas sayo dahil parang whistle blower ka, so baka ma otracize ka o kaya bigyan ka nila ng leads na maluryente ka as payback.

    So hwag na tayong magtaka kung may kurapsyon sa media dahil sa Pinas yan ang kalakaran.

    • raissa says:

      Marami naman sa media ngayon ay matino.

      Yung mababanas ang mga kumukuha lang.

      I’m sure lahat ng bansa may kurapsyon sa media.

      Kaya lang gusto nating linisin ang sa atin kasi bayan natin ito.

      • Parekoy says:

        May phases bago makurap ang isang tao, depende sa kanang pangangailangan at greed.

        Yung mga nagmamalinis, bale mas mahal yan. O di kaya pwede silang ma pa tahimik sa mga issues tulad ng:

        asawa nila o kapatid o magulang, i Appoint sa juicy position

        Yung anak nila maipasok sa mgandang trabaho

        O tulad noong kay Soliven sa Mabuhay- di hinay hinay sya kay lucifer.

        Bigyan sila ng side business or contract na legit para naman hindi makonsyensya yung nagmamalinis nyang ego.

        Takutin ng konti, tulad ng alam kung saan pumapasok ang anak at detailed schedule, tawagan sa phone.

        Yong style ni Escobar ng Columbia, bigyan ng dalwang package, isa laman malaking pera at isa ay bala.

        Kung tulad ni Dacer na hindi media kundi propagandist, hwag mamangka sa dalwang ilog at baka may mapikon. Sa dami ng pwedeng makinabang sa kanyang pagkawala, marami ring suspects. Si Lacson at Erap nagtuturuan, paano naman si Tabako.

        Kaya ang pinaka magaling na pseudo media propagandist o operator ay si Ronnie Puno. Pag sayo kakampi sayo talaga walang 123, kaya kahit kalaban respetado sya at mga pulitiko a nag bi bid makuha lang serbisyo nya. Madumi pero presidency ang nakataya. From there iooperate na rin kasali na ang media, kasi isa ang yang bahagi kung paano bilugjn ang pagiisip ng uto uto na pilipino. May kuwento na o script ang operasyon, kaya kung manalo ay parang legit, kahit meron palang Garci at Ampatuan.

        Naalala nyo ba noong panahon ni Erap, tinanggal nya ang ads sa mga newspapers na tumitira sa kanya. Hindi yan bribery pero titirahin ka sa kita.

        Bottom line, yung press ID ay currency rin. Nakikihati lang sa sa pera na galing sa kurapsyon.

        Hindi nyo ba nahahalata, yung mga lumalabas sa traditional media ay sanitized na?

        Isa sa script ay itong libel sa internet na gawingbcybercrime. Bakit, kasi itong mga Netizens na batikos ng batikos ay hinde ma bribe kasi anonymous, so sino ang susuhulan? Pero may konti pang paraan dyan, suhulan mo yung Admin ng site para makontrol ang topics at kung sino ang i allow na mga commenters. Pero pursige pa rin yan, kasi kahit si PNoy ay balat sibuyas din kaya nga payag din sya sa prvision na yan, kaso yung mga kakampi nya na mga bloggers ay pumiyok pati supreme court natakot yun TRO muna, palamigin baka later makalusot din.

        Kaya ako ay cynic at practical. Basahin ko lang ang issues na ma sinulat, alamin ang slant, fair ba? Hwag personalities dahil yang mga yan nagbabago sa panahon. Noon hanga ako kay Ninez, ngayon hinde ata napagbigyan ng Aquino administration sa ibang bagay kaya ayon high blood lagi at hindi na balance ang approach. Si Conrad mostly magaganda ang opinions, pero yung kapatid nya ay naipasok ata sa gobyerno kaya nagkaron ng doubt yung integrity nya. Yung pagkampi ni Conrad kay kabarilan Puno dahil nasa campo ni Ochoa at kontra Mar ay minsan natetesting yung kanyang integrity.

        Siguro ang isang halimbawa na maganda ay itong tulfo Brods at si Mon mismo. Dami nila tinitira, pero may mha akusasyon din na shakedown daw. Si mon tinira nya si mike arroyo pero pakana ng selos na Gloria para ilabas si Vicky Toh saka kapatid na malaking isda sa customs transactions. Tatapang pati sa mga ordinaryong petty criminals at kung murahin ay akala mo wala ng due process, pero kay Claudine lang pala sesemplang.

        Advice…

        Hwag magmalinis, hwag tirahin kapwa media, to each his own. Dapat last priority na tirahin ang kapwa media, mas kakampi ko sila mas maigi at magaan sa trabaho. Tirahin yung mga pulitiko na hindi matino at ibang issues, ihuli ang media. Kailangan mo ng katulong, itong ibang bulok na media people ay babaligtad yan at kakampi sayo pagnagkaipitan, pero kung may history na pati sila ay tinitira mo ng una, malabo yan. Strategy of life ang kailangan, machiavellian din dapat approach.

        • yeheywater says:

          Magaling ang obserbasyon mo Parekoy…huling huli mo abay.

        • Johnny Lin says:

          @parekoy
          Mon tulfo may medical foundation every year ang medical mission sa ibat ibang lugar. ang big donors niya sa panahon ni Pandak ay si Genuino at Baby/Bong Pineda. Dati si Mike bigay din dati.

          Totoo, magandang hangarin ang ginagawa nung foundation niya pero hindi sangkalan na tumanggap ng donasyon sa mga taong suspetsado. Dapat isoli niya yung na donate ni Genuino lalo na ngayun may kasong malaki si Genuino at isoli din lahat ng binigay ng mga Pineda.

          Totoo, one is innocent until proven guilty pero totoo din where there is smoke there is fire. In order not to feel the heat stay out of the kitchen. It is the right thing to do. Making excuses for justification is dishonorable.

          Meron malinis na kumpanya na gustong tumulong. Wag tanggapin galing sa kurakot na kumpanya lalo na yung posibleng involve sa smuggling, tax evasion at paglustay o pagsira sa kalikasan.

          Meron ibang mabubuting tao na gustong tumulong kaya pagtanggap ng alay galing sa mga taong diskompiyado ang pinanggalingan ng pera, pinakamabuti wag makisawsaw, wag tanggapin, isoli kung tumanggap galing sa taong konektado sa jueteng, pagcor at political gunlords. tawag dun deliadeza at matinong kaisipan. Kahit ano pa ang kabutihan nagawa walang kwenta kapag may bahid ang pinanggalingan ng perang ginamit. Kung walang magdonate na walang bahid ang tao, ganun talaga pero honorable ka naman, may delikadeza. End does not justify the means.

          Tingnan lahat ang nasulat ni Mon kung pinuri niya sina Pineda at jueteng at Genuino at ilang beses napuri. Dun makita ang tunay na katauhan ng foundation. Verifiable items ang mga ito sa Inquirer columns archives ni Mon.

          Dapat ang management ng Inquirer kung nakita ang list of donors naglagay ng waiver sa newspaper nila na sinabihan si Mon na pinasosoli yung nadonate ni Genuino at Pineda o hindi pinayagan si Mon isulat niya sa column yung mga questionable donors. Yung ang honest publisher.

          • raissa says:

            Tulfo took Genuino’s side here, but this is only one article and hardly establishes a pattern –
            http://www.accessmylibrary.com/article-1G1-233595552/former-pagcor-chief-humiliated.html

            Former Pagcor chief humiliated.
            Philippine Daily Inquirer | July 31, 2010 | Copyright
            Byline: Ramon Tulfo
            EFRAIM Genuino, former chair of the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp. (Pagcor), paid his successor, Bong Naguiat, a visit a few days after he was replaced.
            It was a courtesy call on his successor, and Genuino also wanted to offer a helping hand in case Naguiat would have difficulty in the first few months running the government-owned gaming firm.
            Genuino probably regretted making that call because he was humiliated in front of his former subordinates.
            Before he was allowed to enter Naguiats office, the former Pagcor chair was frisked by his successors bodyguards who demanded that he leave the bag he was carrying outside.
            He was only allowed to bring in his bag after he appealed to the guards, since the bag contained important documents.
            In the conference room where Genuino was received, Naguiat sat across the table at the far end.
            Naguiat told his predecessor there was pressure from upstairs to make life hard for him.
            Dont the Jesuits at the Ateneo de Manila University, from which the President and Naguiat graduated, teach their students magnanimity?
            * * *
            Naguiat probably has forgotten, or failed to come across the Filipino saying: He who climbs the highest pole takes the hardest fall.
            Or has he forgotten what Jesus of Nazareth said: He who exalts himself shall be humbled, and he who humbles himself shall be exalted.
            Naguiat should also be reminded of the law of karma: What you do to your fellowman will come back to you.
            * * *
            Boxing idol and Sarangani Rep. Manny Pacquiaos sister, Isidra P. Paglinawan, is allegedly involved in illegal gambling in General Santos City.
            Paglinawans house was raided by the police on suspicion it was being used in running the Last 2 numbers game.
            Last 2 bettors pick the last two digits of winning lotto numbers.
            Seized during the raid were gambling paraphernalia and thousands of pesos believed to be gambling bets.
            Paglinawan apparently thinks power is transferable.
            Since her brother is already a congressman, she thinks she can violate laws.
            * * *
            Who is this woman in Camp Crame who deals with jueteng lords, using her husbands name?
            The husband is a top official of the Philippine National Police.
            Yes, you guessed it rightshes fronting for her husband.
            ***
            If Interior Secretary Jesse Robredo wants to know the lifestyle of police generals and senior colonels, he should go around Camp Crame and look at the garages of their quarters.
            Robredo, who lives simply, will find the latest model BMWs, Mercedes Benzes, Volvos, Expeditions and Land Cruisers parked in those garages.
            Because of the nature of their job, banks dont give PNP officers loans to buy cars, much more the expensive ones.
            How did these PNP officers get to own those luxury vehicles?

            • Johnny Lin says:

              One article does tell the entire story.

              Pattern includes putting Genuino name as big donor of his medical foundation, good deeds done in the past, not writing about Genuino and his sons current legal situation as well as avoiding to write about the connection of Soriano with Genuino and Mike when no names non front page personalities were mentioned easily. Pattern includes written praises and unwritten avoidance of issues of a controversial suspicious plunderer of government assets and possible bribery conduit donating to journalist’s medical foundation. End does not justify the means.

              An honest person will return the donations given when the controversy was exposed or promise to return the donations if the donor is convicted. Nada! This issue is not different when Lucio Tan admitted PAL ownership and Soliven did not resign as publisher of Mabuhay magazine.

              As I said, read all Tulfo articles mentioning Genuino names and when Genuino was in front page without Tulfo talking about him. Also the names of the donors in his medical foundation printed annually since Genuino headed Pagcor. Since Naguiat took over Pagcor, count how many times Tulfo put his name in his columns, at least 3 times in my recollection but never once about Genuino and Okada alleged connection especially lately.

          • Parekoy says:

            Etong si Mon ay talagang questionable yan. Marami rin siempreng padrino at proteksyon, kasi banatan mo ba naman mga heneral at mga may yagbols din, di ibig sabihin nagsusugal din si Mon ng buhay nya. Pero may kita rin yan, may Tv orogram na may column na di mas powerful ang dating kuno. Kung ako ay tirahin at guilty dapat ayusin agad para hwag na lumala tutal konti lang naman yan kumpara sa mga nakulimbat ko, di subukan areglohin, yun ay kung papayag si Mon?

            Yung mga foundi-foundation na yan ay lumang style nayan. Yjng iba legit, pero yung iba ay naging intrumento ng laundering. Naalala nyo yng foundation ni Erap na navulgar nong impeachment nya? Erap muslim foundation ba yon, may mahigit 200milyonnata pero naglaho ba yon na parang bula ng makulong sya?

            Kung yun ngang mga Sendong victims at similar na colecta pag may nasalanta ng bagyo o sakuna, yung pang charity collections ay grabe ang administration fee tulad daw ng mga network ABS? At ibang collection center grabe bawas na sana ay para sa mga victims, eh yun pa kayang may masamang balak?

            Kanyakanyang hanapbuhay, mahirap din ang buhay ng mga press people, iilan lang ang talagang malaki sahod. Similar din yan sa mga nagtratrabaho sa gobyerno, mga isang kahig din yung karamihan, so ripe sila sa bribery o anuman na padulas dahil sapangangailangan. So nagiging New Normal na o kalakaran dahil accepted na ang sistema na madumi.

            Naalala ko relative ko, maganda ang sahod sa private pero noong may opening sa BIR nag apply kahit mas mababa ang sahod natanggap na pero tinanong ng tatay kumbakit pinili ang masmababang sahod at mahirap ang usad ng promotion, di makasagot, sabi ng tatay magnanakaw ka ata ng pera na para sa bayan. Natauhan at hindi na pumasok sa BIR.

            So kahit saan naman may kurapsyon, pero yung degree iba. Bakit halos magpatayan sa pwesto sa Customs. Yung pinalitan ng pinsan ko sabi kahit daw walang sahod basta nandon pa rin sya sa pwesto-meaning sahod ay peanuts yung lagay ay katumbas ng ilang taon na sahod. Mas maganda nga naman sa Customs kahit hindi mo tirahin ay lalapit sayo para ka lagyan- ‘laughing money’ tawag dyan dahil tuwang tuwa yung nagbibigay. Sa BIR yung maglalagay ay dahil naiipit nung examiner- ‘Crying Money’ tawag dyan, umiiyak yung naglalagay. Sa NBI daw mahina kita kaya karamihan ng abigado ayaw pumasok dahil mababaril ka na hina pa kita. Immigration malaki rin kasi per head ng Bumbay magkano na, yun pang galing sa china at yun pang mga drug dealers. Di ba noon sikat si Brenda sa Immigration? DPWH tagal na yan, tanungin nyo si Bong Revilla kung bakit gustong gusto nya as committee chairman ng public works na minana nya pa sa tatay nyang Nardong Putik. Si Sotto sa drugs bayun na committee? Yung sa Finance, big business yan so malakihan, sa Communications, sa Energy, Mining wow mga hinde maingay sa media kasi Executive ang mga decisions nyan at intricate so yung tao nahihilo sa issues. Tingnang nyo yung Meralco lutong lugaw, charge lahat sa customer kahit power loss nila na dahil sa incompetency nila, pero dahil Lopez lakas ki PNoy, Tubig yari din. Yung toll roads na tapis ng bayaran ng tao, tapos may maiklingbsegment na binago toll to the max na naman. Judges-hoodlum in robes daw, si fixcal in rin.

            So Executive, Legislative, Judicial branches talamak ang kurapsyon. Yung fourth state na media na ang role ay bale checker ng katiwalian ng mg 3 branches ay nakukurap din. Sa mga malaking issue yung may ari ang dapat ka deal, pag medium lang yung editor, pag maliit yung reporter o columnist. So ibaiba ang presyo nyan assuming na tumatanggap.

            Mabuti na lang may fifth state- Netizens!

            Proven nayan sa egypt, Libya, syria, middle east at mga iba pang galing sa dictatorships.

            Yung kasing bloggers madaling mahalata kung bayaran lalo na pag promotional or advertorial ang dating, so yung mga followers check din yung blogger. Ito yung ideal dahil democratic ang dating, free market and survival of the ones who have more integrity. Yung tao ayaw niloloko so yung eyeballs ay nakatutok kung interesting and honestly done yung piece.

            So Netizens tayo na ang huling pagasa para mabawasan ang abuso ng mga makakapal na parasites ng ating bansa. Dami na nating progress: Corona, Internet libel provision sa cybercrime law, Sotto’s plagiarism and his chutzpa, ongoing discussion of political dynasty at marami pang darating! Mabuhay tayo dahil mahirap tayong ibaon ng payloader ng mga ampatuan, saan nila tayo hahanapin:-)

    • pinay710 says:

      @parekoy, sir, para kang champion sa bowling STRIKE!! ehehehehe totoo yan mula noon hanggang ngayon. pero mas garapal ngayon dagdag mo pa sir sa showbizz.

      • vander anievas says:

        tama ka @parekoy,
        wala nang imposible sa Pinas kung kurapsyon ang pag-uusapan. ang usapan diyan ay hindi na ang mga industriya o ahensya, kundi sa edad na ng sambayanan, kailan ba nagsisimula ang kurapsyon, labing-anim na taong gulang, o labing-walo, o bumababa na ba hanggang sa12 yrs old?
        nasa sa bawat tao na siguro iyan, o pwedeng sa pagpapalaki na ng mga magulang.
        malungkot pero iyan ang katotohanan.
        lahat na siguro tayo ay nakaranas na makasaksi ng mga pangyayari at pagdating na sa dyaryo ay nag-iiba na ang istorya ng nasaksihang pangyayari. alalahanin nating ang pahayagan ay itinayo para pakinabangan, negosyo, pulitika, showbiz, ekonomiya, etc. marami yan. at base na rin sa objective at standard ng nagtatayo at nagpapalakad ng media ang mga ipinapahayag o hindi gustong ipahayag.
        sa maikling salita, ang media ay ginagamit na kasangkapan sa kung ano ang pakay ng nagtatatag nito.

  63. priscila sereno -reyes says:

    off the topic,please help me to communicate sa department of agriculture,di namin malaman ang reason kung bakit pababang pababa ang price ng niyag(copra) wala ng macopra dahil sa bagyo pina mumura pa .walang price control kung ano lang ang ibigay na price ng mga malalaking mamimili.walang sytema kawawa naman ang mag kokopra 2week nilang gagawin ang kaparti ay 1k lang.gusto ko lang makatulong sa magkokopra sa amin ,please help me.thank you

    • raissa says:

      Can you be more specific?

      Magkano ba noon at ngayon ang copra.

      • priscila sereno -reyes says:

        last 2or 3 year ago e nag 30 to32 pesos per kilo ng kopra this month Nov. 13pesos na lang .iam talking sa Quezon province pag malayo from the city mas mura pa.wala kasing bargainning power ang mag kokopra kung ano lang ang sabihin ng mamimili ay iyon na lang .kokonti na lang ang bunga dahil sa bagyo wala namang solution ang govt.sa ganitong problem.mag try lang ako mag tanong sa sa kinauukulan kung may change.naawa na ako sa mga tao sa amin ang dami pa nilang anak e ,marami ang nagugutom,hindi lahat nakakatangap ng pera from DSW.hindi ko kasi sila kayang tulungan lahat .baka sa ganitong paraan ay may magagawa.

        • leona says:

          @prescila…sorry, something wrong happened my writing this. But to go to your point of problem, pag na tamaan ang nguog, 3 years walang bungga yan. Kailangan mag tanim ng iba “crops” sa lupa…ilalim ng trees! Like camote, tomatoes atbpa.

          It the price is down due to artificial manipulations by corruptions, PNoy may not know about this. It happened in the past like when Sen. Pelaez complained that the copra was so low here at P2/kilo but abroad was P8/kilo. He started complaining at the Batasan then. Afterwhich he and his driver were ambused, patay ang driver, si Senator critically wounded. “What’s happening to our country, General?” He asked.

          Sino ang manipulators noon? Buhay pa sila yata…yun isa pumanao na sa Visayas.

          Check if corruptly manipulated ang copra prices. Who is behind it? Dami dito sa atin baka may mga coconut plantations din who are affected with this copra low price report.

    • vander anievas says:

      @p-s-reyes,
      malungkot iyan. P13 per kg ng kopra?
      ang bentahan ng buko sa metro-manila ay nasa P21-25.00 bawat isa. ang buko pie naman ay P120-165.00 ang isang box na 12″x12″x2.” ang laki. baka pwede nilang gawing buko juice o buko pie ang produkto nila sa panahong mura ang bentahan ng kopra.
      pwede rin nilang gawing VCO(virgin coconut oil) na napakataas ng halaga sa merkado.
      pwede ring nata de coco or coco jam.
      may ahensya tayo o kooperatiba na makakapag-organisa ng kooperatiba at makakapagturo sa mga kaanib upang gawing high-value product ang niyog na inaani nila.
      ang kulang diyan sa tingin ko ay kaalaman at puhunan para sa ating mga kapatid na magniniyog

      • priscila sereno -reyes says:

        sana naman ay tulungan ng govt.turuan ang mag kokopra kung ano ang dapat gawin
        sa amin ay saging ang nasa ilalim ng niyog. sa malawak ang niyogan hindi nila nararamdaman ang pag baba ng preyo ng kopra,kawawa ay iyong nakiki kopra lang ,
        masyado siguro na napakalayo ng mga niyogan sa kabihasnan.
        @leonna,siguro kaya tahimik ang mag kokopra e dahil natatakot mag complain.

        • leona says:

          @priscila…punta sa gobernor or mga mayor sa lugar.Tanong…bakit? ‘O i-sigaw kay PNoy paraan sa DILG Sec. Mar Roxas!

          Yun Obispo nyo, baka may SUV, hiramin nyo, punta kay Sec. Roxas!

          Kilos! [ 'di yun timbang ng kopra ito ] ACTION! Sa probinsiya kayo, ACTION KILOS kayo!

  64. joseph says:

    i believe corruption is so deeply rooted in filipino culture. its their heart and soul that if you try to eliminate corruption the country will die.

    • Rene-Ipil says:

      Joseph2@23

      If you are a Filipino, please tell us how corruption became your heart and soul. Can you serve as an example or model of a corrupt Filipino? How about your family and your clan? Your neighbors and community? Are they all corrupt?

      • Rolly says:

        Mukhang hindi Filipino yang si Josephf, baka Chinese, kung Pinoy man, hindi marunong managalog. Siya rin yata ang Joseph na nagrereklamong sini censor ang postings niya.

        • leona says:

          …isang sabi nya…born daw sya sa English-speaking country. Tama ka @Rolly!

        • josephf says:

          yeah right chinese? hahaha
          you guys don’t like it when being confronted with questiions you cannot answer truthfully answer cuz you got nothing. you just want everybody to agree with all of you. anybody who raised questions is taboo specially when it goes against your ststement.

          welcome to the real word. wake up and smell the flowers

      • josephf says:

        we have graft and corruptio where i live but if someone spilled the the beans or opened a can of worms, we do something about. here is an example: scooter libby and the journalist who linked the info about cia operative.

        libby and the journalist’s careerare ruined forever

  65. parengtony says:

    Oh wow. What a piece! Bravo!

    I dunno where to start but I recall I made a comment on a much earlier Raissa blog asking about why “hard news” reporters are routinely able to get away with blatant “editorializing” in what are suppose to be “news articles”. Based on Raissa’s explanations here about the role of editors vis a vis news articles submitted by hard news reporter and based as well on my personal opinion that editorializing in a news article is so easy to detect, it seems safe to assume that those nagbubulagbulagan editors are in cahoots with the payola givers and takers. But, what about the higher ups? These are big institutions -Inq, ABS, GMA, Philstar, etc- with in-house ombudsmen. Where does the buck stops?

    I also recall what a friend told me that Tabako was quite a kuripot person but, being the psy-war expert that he is, he pioneered the practice of allocating huge budgets for PR. The success and effectiveness of this strategy is validated by the minimal stench that came out despite the numerous controversial transactions involving humongous amounts of money during his administration.

    Obviously, the practice has become more and more rampant as was seen in the many outrageous spins that came out during the Corona trial.

    In the USA, corruption in media is much less evident. Why? Well, that, and how it relates to the Philippine media, is another (interesting) story.

    • joseph says:

      to parengtony

      why would discuss here something you heard from a friend? thats a hearsay. you wanna look clever don’t indulge in hearsay.

      • leona says:

        @parentony…may RTC judge dito or baka retired! Higpit sa ebidensya! Hearsay daw! Raissa, nasa loob ba tayo ng Court room? May kaso ba being tried dito? Ano kaya, ma contempt tayo?

        Attention Your Honor: YOU’RE IN THE WRONG FORUM! Inhibit ka muna!

        • parengtony says:

          I can only surmise that Joseph posted his comment in defense of someone. I wonder if his strong negative reaction (spiced up with personal insults) indicates some degree of participation in past/present PR activities of that someone? In any case, the truth of what my friend told me is by and large verifiable. And many of those who were/are involved are still around.

          • leona says:

            …baka dating defense team member ni TJ…and yea, he called me and @johnny lin names like retards atbpa…insults nga! He couldn’t parry like Manny Pac…so? ad homi na lang. …born and raised in an English-speaking country! SUSMA!

          • josephf says:

            @rpareng tony

            whats wrong with you? not because i asked questions i worked for the other side or the side that you guys are attacking in here. im just asking for clarity and veracity of waht you guys are saying in here? is it tue? is it a hunch or what? instead just answering you surmised (in your own words and pretty strong word) i am for the other side. why not just answer the question? instead of attacking the one who just wants clarity?

            if you don’t to answer thats fine just say so? unless you can not answer it

        • josephf says:

          @leona

          so what is this just gossip section? remember your pareng tony reveal a name called tabako? so your pareng tony is aboslutely referring to somebody it might be a monicker name but everybody in your country knows who tabako? unlessyou guys are all for gossip. LEONA YOU ARE THE ONE ON THE WRONG VENUE. I BELIEVE THIS FORUM IS FOR WELL DEVELOPED BRAIN THAT CAN ATTEST AND HOLD WATER WHEN SCRUTINIZED NOT SAYING OH I HEARD FROM LEONA BEC LEONA HEARD IT FROM PARENTONY. SO WHO SHOULD INHIBIT YOU OR YOUR PARENTONY OR BOTH?

          WELL UNDER DEVELOPED BRAIN ARE USUALLY RETARD

        • josephf says:

          @leona

          when someone insinuated or mention some monicker name/s and well known monicker names its called accusing or alleging. then be ready to support your allegations if you may if i worded it this way. so that when they start scrutinizing what you said you can REBUTT them with facts NOT HEARSAY.

          im glad i had a friend who can translate what you said. your RUDE among the breeds of filipino i have seen in this forum. does your mama never tod=ld you not to be rude. unless your a retard.

      • Rene-Ipil says:

        Joseph2 @ 22.1

        Parengtony testified (without oath) on an independently relevant evidence. He did not testify on the truth of what he heard but only on the fact about what he heard. Did you not learn that during the Corona trial when the prosecution told the senate what Megaworld said about the 40% discount given to Corona?

        • leona says:

          Confusion…may “f” or no “f” ang mga “josephS” dito…anyway asking for “facts” or evidence so much of it, here in this monitor of our PCs, via “words” written here, does not upgrade one to be one good blogger. This is sharing of what one has, whether, really one is with “facts,” or evidence [ sa court room trial lang yan ]. The important thing is the “news” one is giving out. It may not be true accurately. It maybe incorrect unintentionally also. Don’t know which joseph here should avoid demanding such “true facts supported by applying strictly rules on evidence.” If you JOSEPH can’t take one’s “news” here, let it go. Don’t be so chevalier like a knight in shining armor defending unknown others. Are you paid here to take up the cudgels for that? Be contented what you read, could be lies or true stories. Have some fun!

          Stop picking others! You’re not childish, are you? HAVE SOME FUN! I’m not continuing to make a reply to you or others you picked on here! Boring!

          • Rolly says:

            @leona

            This joseph who change his handle to josephf is the second one, after the first Joseph called Raissa’s attention. He sounds like an aristocrat, but spoiled brat.

            He may also be the joseph who posted the below comment:

            by joseph # 29 (Political Dynasties and the Maguindanao Massacre)

            why is my comment awaiting moderation? if it does not contain profanities let it through even if its pro or con to anyone’s opinion unless there is there is CENSORSHIP in your website then there is no freedom of speech that you are trying to advocate.

            • leona says:

              …I’m now effectively using Avast now…free edition! Avast will know if the first or the second one …or rolled into one! Use Avast. @Rolly! @Victin luz @johnny lin @parentony @parekoy @Rene-Ipil @…

              • joseph says:

                Una, marunong akong magbasa, sumulat at umintindi ng TAGALOG; (Pinanganak at nagka-isip sa Cavite)

                2nd, I could also read, write & understand English fairly well;

                3rd, not only do I appreciate the exchange of ideas & opinions here, but I’m also getting educated (silently . . .);

                4th, @Rolly, your correct: my 1st comment on Pol. Dynasties was when I called Raissa’s attn; my tnx to Raissa & joke to @Leona; and

                5th, for a time, I thought the name Joseph is “cute” – w/c is my true name, of course & synonymous to wisdom. Now, I doubt it. And you guessed right …

  66. AUGUST C FERNANDO says:

    Thanks for this revelatory piece, Raissa. But methinks you just expand and provide some concrete — albeit not shown — evidences of what that non-angelic cigarette tycoon HARRY STONEHILL once said.. Sumzing along this line” “Those blankety-blank mediamen are leeches once you get to know them.”

    BTW, I wanna hazard a guess about who was that “revered icon of journalism”. you mentioned, Raissa. Did he went by the initials TFV? I know the other icon of journalism named Max Soliven — my idol — would not do such a thing.

    • Max Soliven is my idol too. Well, for TFV, I think he is the one much maligned when he was still yet alive.

      I say let them rest in peace. They cannot defend themselves now. Anyway they faced
      judgment already beyond this life.

      The people and the government must deal with the present.

      I think the Jesus biblical command is still relevant . It’s something like “…listen to what they say, do not imitate what they do..” (He was referring to the Pharisees, I think). As we know, the Pharisees were “white sepulchres”, white on the outside, but corrupted in the inside, hypocrites. They taught but didn’t obey what they preached or taught. Sounds like grandstanding also.

  67. Rene-Ipil says:

    Corruption in media is an old story. But it appears now that corruption in media is the standard rather than the exception.

    The purpose of media is to tell the people what is truly happening in our country. Good and bad. But it seems that the news and opinions that the public get are those good for the pockets of the journalists and their benefactors. Without the money to grease the media machinery, conscientious and honest government officials are usually ignored, if not vilified, for them to come across and.

    So, what information do the people usually receive from media? Those that are misleading, if not deceiving. In that case, overwhelming corrupt politicians are re-elected while the few honest politicians are replaced by the voters who are either corrupt or deceived by media or clueless.

    Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, China including Hongkong and Malaysia have a common thread. They are all prosperous countries. Another common feature is a restrictive rule on media. Criticism on government is limited, at least to what is true. In these countries, the media strictly police itself, truly collaborate with good government and exercise restraint in criticizing the government.

    Philippine media has been developed in line with US media standard which may not be really applicable to Filipino and asian culture and temperament. Is it not about time to rethink and develop an appropriate Philippine media policy?

    • leona says:

      @Rene-Ipil…yes. The media or people should [borrowing your phrase ] ‘rethink and develop an appropriate Philippine media policy’ like Singapore, SK, Taiwan and China as what’s good for us and our real own too!

      And give our media people in good bona fide standing, a break like granting them subsidy payment…I like P5,000.00 from each national and local governments! This is without prejudice to whatever they earn otherwise. This will stop or minimize some selling their souls to corruptions.

      • Mentioning souls and corruption at the same time, there’s a common thread among countries (Singapore, Malaysia, SK. Taiwan and China even the U.S.A.) about their media; they don’t have the BISHOPS that we have. Indeed we truly have developed a UNIQUE God fearing media all our own. Mr. A. Lim in his studies might be able to connect the distant dots.

  68. bengo says:

    Corruption…corruption… is true in all professions in our country. The citizenry must fight back and restore dignity in all our work and dealings. Let’s condemn doctors receiving freebies from pharmas, lawyers, judges, policemen, prosecutors, military men and jail officers fixing cases, engineers using substandard materials, and so on.
    MR. PRESIDENT, CUT-OFF THE HEADS ( i am literal ) OF THESE PEOPLE IN THEIR BARANGAYS FOR EVERYBODY TO WITNESS AND SHAME THEIR CLANS IN THEIR OWN NEIGHBORHOODS.

    • leona says:

      @bengo…I fully agree! And just cremate the bodies!…spread into potter’s field.

    • leona says:

      @bengo, since corruption is mainly a root of slanted or lying of news reporting, etc., by some bad journalists and news reporters, maybe a suggestion is to GIVE all those in good bona fide standing in their profession MONEY…in the form of ALLOWANCES of at least P5, 000.00 monthly in the government’s NATIONAL BUDGET every year through their national organization.

      This will be done by use of the freedom of speech and of the press CLAUSE, Art. III SEC. 4 of our Constitution, enactment of a national law. Their professional acts are part and parcel of our democracy and freedom. If in Quezon City, all house or home owners were made to pay additional P900 a year as part of their Real Estate yearly Taxes for the use and purpose of “Informal Dwellers” or Squatters, why not the same idea for the journalists and news reporters? Only those registered and remain in good standing gets this payment.

      And with a national law on that, without prohibitions, cities and provincial governments may grant additional ALLOWANCES of same amount P5, 000.00 as counter-part from such local gov’ts. All this without prejudice to whatever one is earning or receiving in their own work or employment with private employers, etc.

      This may answer one blogger here @Grace Mary A. Tan who blogged at No. 3, ‘the government must do something about this’ plight of our journalists and news reporters.

      A 1000 Watts Candle light power?

      • raissa says:

        Sorry.

        That will never work.

        A journalist cannot accept any money from government.

        • leona says:

          That is correct Raissa. But many journalists are accepting money! The bad journalists. The idea is legal and moral. What about Bishops and priests, they also accept SUVs, Pajeros, Trucks, Hondas, Nissan, Toyotas! Yet, not one of them said it is wrong! Of course some returned what they received, NAHIYA LANG kasi galing kay GMA!

          Lobby money to legislators! Pork Barrels to all of them! Legal and not immoral.If a lot of people’s money is just handed to so many in the goverment and private sector, what’s really objectionable sharing it with good and honest journalists?

          No strings attached naman ito! Your tribe can still do their job as they see or want it in all candor and honesty. Unethical? I doubt under such ideal atmosphere. Many in this tribe resort to unethical conduct for one reason: the money side of it but it is illegal, immoral, etc.

          I think it will work. It just have not been done before. Philippines will be the FIRST on this practice in the whole world as part of doing good reforms in the profession of journalism.

  69. duquemarino says:

    @raissa
    If media (press) is considered as the fourth estate that has immense political and social power in influencing the public, could the first estate (religious leaders and the clergy) be remiss as well?

    • bengo says:

      Seems rhetorical to me. I am fast losing my faith on the catholic clergy even if I was baptized as one.

    • DaveofBacolod says:

      I believe the Clergy belongs to the 2nd estate, although the 1st estate (the secular rich and powerful) has a lot to answer as well :)

  70. Monty says:

    Off topic but related to corruption, will you be doing an in depth article on the Okada bribery case? I would love to see your take on this case, especially your research on the different personalities involved in this caper.

    • raissa says:

      I hope to.

      • parengtony says:

        Siguro napaka chismoso ko, but I am very curious to find out if the Las Vegas hotels at which Mike A stays at regularly, including, of course, that hotel whose room rate is said to be $20,000 USD per day, is in any way connected to Okada and/or Wynn. How about the hotels where Rene C stays at when he goes to Vegas?

        • Johnny Lin says:

          Mike stayed at MGM out of professional courtesy in casino industry to Pagcor during Genuino. MGM Mirage is a corporate conglomerate. Wynn used to own Bellagio/Mirage Vegas hotels in the late nineties when he sold to MGM group.

          Steve Wynn put up his Wynn/Encore properties in Vegas with financial infusion from his frenemy Okada, the pachinco king, making him instant corporate partner/investor.

          Rene C Vegas suite was compliment of a taipan with pending cases who has “whale” friends in Vegas providing the comps. Downside, no more free Pacquiao tickets next week for Rene.

          He he he

          • joseph says:

            @johnny lin

            do you had any proof of what your saying. if not shut up

            • raissa says:

              JOseph, I asked you before to please change your handle or name because another commenter named Joseph arrived here before you and the others would be confused if there are two Josephs here.

              Please change your handle and then I will post all your comments under the new handle.

              thanks.

              I am not censoring you.

              I’m just avoiding any confusion.

            • Johnny Lin says:

              @joseph
              Yes, the comp receipts from casino. Ask them to sign a waiver so we could obtain copies of the receipts from marketing how the comps were paid for

              • josephf says:

                why me to ask for a waiver you are the one that reveal it. i believe if you make your bed you should lay on it. if you have info no matter how sure you are about just like you said there was a comp receipts BUT cannot be produced, no offend, then your rrevelations won’t hold water. am i right? then now what are you trying to accomplished? are you just generating something to talk about? or better reveal your sources of info so people can go directly to your sources. you know well how privacy is protected in states. remember scotter libby?

              • Johnny Lin says:

                Joseph’s
                Told you only spoiled rats are spoonfed. Go to casino marketing and ask for receipts as proof. Personal proof, I also got free room comped and host knew. we also ate by chance together in same place at Joel Robuchon restaurant.

              • josephf says:

                @rene-ipil

                thats right avoid answering my inquiries you et al are not being criticzed just a guy asking question because i am in doubt of what you is true. just prove that im wrong and will accept otherwise fool yourselves and gang up on me. bring it on if you wanna gang up on me

              • Rene-Ipil says:

                August@december4, 2012 6:38PM post 17.1

                No need to justify to anybody the Filipino’s english proficiency. The Philippines was named the best in the world on Business English Proficiency. See the following article.

                PH: World’s best country in business English

                By Shielo Mendoza | Yahoo! Southeast Asia Newsroom – Wed, Apr 25, 2012
                Well, people will now have to think twice before mocking Pinoys’ use of the English language.

                The Philippines was named the world’s best country in business English proficiency, even beating the United States, according to a recent study by GlobalEnglish Corporation.

                GlobalEnglish has released early this month the results of its annual Business English Index (BEI), the only index that measures business English proficiency in the workplace.

                For 2012, results showed that from 76 represented countries worldwide, only the Philippines attained a score above 7.0, “a BEI level within range of a high proficiency that indicates an ability to take an active role in business discussions and perform relatively complex tasks.”

                “This is particularly interesting because the Philippines, a country with one-tenth of the population of India, recently overtook India as a hub for call centers. Over 400,000 Filipinos are now employed in call centers, roughly 50,000 more than in India,” the study said.

                The Philippines, which scored 7.11 and the lone country in the intermediate level, were joined by Norway (6.54), Estonia (6.45), Serbia (6.38) and Slovenia (6.19) in the top five.

                GlobalEnglish noted that a country’s business English capability is an indicator of its economic growth and business success.

                “It is not surprising that both the Philippines and Norway—the only two countries in the top five in both 2011 and 2012—are improving their economies, based on the latest GDP data from the World Bank,” it added.

                Meanwhile, struggling economic powers (Japan, Italy and Mexico) and fast-growth emerging markets (Brazil, Columbia and Chile) scored below a 4.0 in business English proficiency, placing them at a disadvantage when competing in a global marketplace, the study said.

                It also pointed out that shifts in global talent have put even English-speaking countries at risk.

                “Surprisingly the BEI score for global workers in the U.S. declined from 6.9 to 5.09 since the original 2011 BEI benchmark, which is attributed to a majority of test takers being foreign-born engineers and scientists,” the report said.

                Rest of the world ranked beginner and basic level

                Based on a scale of 1-10, the average 2012 BEI score across 108,000 test takers around the world is 4.15 which is lower than last year’s 4.46.

                Nearly four out of 10 (38.2 percent) global workers from 76 countries were ranked as business English beginners, meaning that, on average, they can’t understand or communicate basic information during virtual or in-person meetings, read or write professional emails in English or deal with complexity and rapid change in a global business environment, the study said.

                Meanwhile, the majority of global workers (60.5 percent) from the represented countries scored between a 4.0 and 7.0, below an intermediate level, indicating an inability to take an active role in business discussions or perform relatively complex tasks such as presentation development and customer or partner negotiations, it added.

                GlobalEnglish stressed that the 2012 BEI which showed a lack of business English proficiency is threatening the productivity of companies, industries and country-specific economies this year.

                “Poor Business English skills are bad for global businesses and this year’s Business English Index suggests that many companies will be hard-pressed to achieve their desired performance goals during 2012,” said Tom Kahl, GlobalEnglish President.

                “Addressing English skills gaps and ensuring that employees can immediately perform at the necessary proficiency level should be viewed as a strategic imperative for multinational businesses, as Enterprise Fluency, the ability to seamlessly communicate and collaborate within global organizations, can deliver significant financial upside,” Kahl added.

                Headquartered in Brisbane, California, GlobalEnglish works with multinational companies – including Cisco, Procter and Gamble, HSBC, Phzer – to support performance in business English across the workforce around the world.

                Here’s the list of the 10 best and worst countries in the world for business English proficiency based on GlobalEnglish’s 2012 BEI:

                10 Best Countries:
                Philippines
                Norway
                Serbia
                Slovenia
                Australia
                Malaysia
                India
                Lithuania
                Singapore
                Canada

                10 Worst Countries:
                Armenia
                Cote d’Ivoire
                Taiwan
                Honduras
                Columbia
                Chile
                El Salvador
                Saudi Arabia
                Israel
                Brazil

              • AUGUST C FERNANDO says:

                ROM Rene-Ipil: QUOTE… August@december4, 2012 6:38PM post 17.1

                No need to justify to anybody the Filipino’s english proficiency. The Philippines was named the best in the world on Business English Proficiency. See the following article.

                PH: World’s best country in business English

                By Shielo Mendoza | Yahoo! Southeast Asia Newsroom – Wed, Apr 25, 2012
                Well, people will now have to think twice before mocking Pinoys’ use of the English language.

                The Philippines was named the world’s best country in business English proficiency, even beating the United States, according to a recent study by GlobalEnglish Corporation.” UNQUOTE

                tSalamat, Rene. But I have already read that news item the day it came out in the Web.

                I gotta believe THAT… that “The Philippines was named the world’s best country in business English proficiency, even beating the United States, according to a recent study by GlobalEnglish Corporation.”

                PROOF. Exh. “A”…. I knew a Filipino who was working at the World Trade Center in a multi-billiion dollar firm dealing in high finance, leverage buyout, mergers and such … That Pinoy was the one writing all memoranda, contracts, reports — monthly, quarterly, bi-annually, annually — for his American boss who admitted that the Pinoy had it over him in terms of writing proficiency and all that. The American boss, a mere high school grad but became a Vice-President by dint of experience just didn’t have the tools needed in formal report writing, which was his Asian subaltern’s forte. That Pinoy has retired… and is now back home in his Bayang Magiliw. MABUHAY ANG PINOY!

              • Sorry po Sir Rene-Ipil. First of all your report does not bother me. Actually, its informative and very good news for all here.

                My comment is actually for everybody, that includes you and me and everybody else, to stick to the subject matter.

                2nd, I am not asking Raissa to delete your comment. Its her prerogative to do so because there a lot of comments that should also be deleted.

                I know Ms. Raissa is a very busy person and it may not be good if she deletes some and don’t delete some. I’d rather think its our
                responsibility not to abuse her hospitality and kindness by not following her rules.

                I presume everyone is responsible but sometimes but carried away.

                Sorry again Sir Rene-Ipil.

            • pelang says:

              @joseph, for someone born in an english speaking country, watch your grammar. do you “HAD?” correct answer, yes, he has. he-he-he. Troll!

              • AUGUST C FERNANDO says:

                From someone born in an English speaking country: “@johnny lin do you had [SIC] any proof of what your [SIC] saying. if not shut up.”

                SUSMARYOSEP!!! That English speaking country had better taken up English 101 in our schools. Sir, you’re the No. 1 registrant. Hehehe. ;)

              • leona says:

                …watch & hear from Barry Obama! Many is! Pulish ‘d language!

              • josephf says:

                @leona at commnet#36

                i had asked my filipino friend to translate the filipino portions of your comment

                correct if me if im wrong and let us consider all the examples assumption that you gave for the sake of argument.

                like you said i had all the proof and evidences against ANY PERSON criminal acts ( with evidence but be careful of subjudice) (im kinda confused you used the word subjudice) and then you said ( wala pa sa court ha ) (that really more confused me cuz i don’t know if you know the meaning of subjudice) and that person is my friend, employer or whatever

              • josephf says:

                for pelang & august c fernando

                yes i was born in benton,il then my parents move to elko,nv when i was 8.that english is my first language. and i have a filipino who translates all the filipino statements. by the way that friend work as a revenue auditor in the casino. thats all i can say.

                you see i meet lots of immigrant filipinos but we do not ridicule them when they cannot speak fluent english.

                and yes pelang I had to use the word HAD because johnny lin is not in front of me. If he was in front of me then i would use word HAVE.

                and really august attend your english 101 IN YOUR SCHOOL IN THE PHILIPPINES? “:That English speaking country had better taken up English 101 in our schools”

                instead HERE IS A BETTER WAY OF EXPRESSING YOUR MESSAGE IN ENGLISH, the american way “THAT ENGLISH SPEAKING COUNTRY BETTER TAKE ENGLISH 101 IN OUR SCHOOLS.

                you see august you can’t even express your message properly in english it doesn’t need to be grammatically correct as long as an ordinary english speaking person can comprehend. boy really your english? alrighty i WILL send my dogs to your english schools so that they can talk to you. AUGUST MY MAN DAWG!

                Now if you, pelang and august could come in the states at your expense, maybe we can sit down and talk in english. see how far your english would go. frankly i sense your engish barely just get by.

                if my english is grammatically bad i don’t know what english is then. but i would never go to your school of english. i will send my dogs and they can be my interpreter.

                no offend ladies but you two was the first one to ridicule my english
                bye now!

              • AUGUST C FERNANDO says:

                From Josephf[Goebbels?]: QUOTE…and really august attend your english 101 IN YOUR SCHOOL IN THE PHILIPPINES? “:That English speaking country had better taken up English 101 in our schools”

                instead HERE IS A BETTER WAY OF EXPRESSING YOUR MESSAGE IN ENGLISH, the american way “THAT ENGLISH SPEAKING COUNTRY BETTER TAKE ENGLISH 101 IN OUR SCHOOLS.

                you see august you can’t even express your message properly in english it doesn’t need to be grammatically correct as long as an ordinary english speaking person can comprehend. boy really your english? alrighty i WILL send my dogs to your english schools so that they can talk to you. AUGUST MY MAN DAWG!” UNQUOTE

                Dude, ever heard of SUBJUNCTIVE mood? Was why I used “HAD BETTER TAKEN UP”, not the present tense “BETTER TAKE”. Mine was an EMPHATIC SUGGESTION. Your BETTER TAKE is a LAME one. Get it? Review the subjunctives, Geobbels, if you know the meaning of the word “review”. I hope and pray you do. My dog does. GOOD LUCK, TUTULAK! Hahahaha! :) :)

              • AUGUST C FERNANDO says:

                More from Josephf [Goebbels?]: QUOTE….if my english is grammatically bad i don’t know what english is then. but i would never go to your school of english. i will send my dogs and they can be my interpreter.

                no offend ladies but you two was the first one to ridicule my english
                bye now! UNQUOTE.

                Yeah your English is VERY ungrammatical, dude. You don’t also know that two or more takes a plural verb["..."but you two was [SIC]….”. I didn’t know you also attend Sotto’s ISKUL BUKOL, Josephf! HAHAHAHA! :) :) :)

              • AUGUST C FERNANDO says:

                From our resident GOEBBELS: QUOTE: “no offend [SIC] ladies but you two was [SIC] the first one to ridicule my english [SIC]….” UNQUOTE. For someone who was born in an English-speaking country, funny that in a 14-word sentence he committed THREE GRAMMATICAL ABSURDITIES that could give our English teahers heart attack!! GO BACK TO KINDER, DUDE! HAHAHAHA! :) :) :) But since it’s Christmas season now, I’ll give you a free gift lesson, a magnanimous GIFT. “No offend” is not only grating to our tymphanic membranes and causing conjunctivitis to our eyes. Try “NO OFFENSE”, kumag! So that you can live happily ever after! ;) Hehehe!

              • AUGUST C FERNANDO says:

                FROM JOSEPHF [GOEBBELS?]: QUOTE…and really august attend your english 101 IN YOUR SCHOOL IN THE PHILIPPINES? “:That English speaking country had better taken up English 101 in our schools”

                instead HERE IS A BETTER WAY OF EXPRESSING YOUR MESSAGE IN ENGLISH, the american way “THAT ENGLISH SPEAKING COUNTRY BETTER TAKE ENGLISH 101 IN OUR SCHOOLS.

                you see august you can’t even express your message properly in english it doesn’t need to be grammatically correct as long as an ordinary english speaking person can comprehend. boy really your english? alrighty i WILL send my dogs to your english schools so that they can talk to you. AUGUST MY MAN DAWG!… UNQUOTE…

                Dude, ever heard of the SUBJUNCTIVE MOOD? Was why I used “HAD BETTER TAKEN UP” instead of the present DECLARATIVE TENSE “better take up”. Mine was an EMPHATIC, FORCEFUL SUGGESTION. Which you need. Not like your “BETTER TAKE” which is at best LAME. Get it, J? You had better reviewed the SUBJUNCTIVE MOOD, dude. I hope you know the word “REVIEW”. Must not have been taught in the school where you graduated. ISKUL BUKOL? Where you had a senator named SOTTO as classmate? HAHAHAHA!

              • Rene-Ipil says:

                Pelang,August, Johnny, Leona, et. al. @ 17.1

                After reading Josephf’s post re:Pelang and August, December 4 at 6AM, I have decided to give Josephf a permanent break. Now that we know his worth, let us move on and leave Josephf in peace. Let him savor his fortune of taking our precious time once in our Plaza Miranda. Raissa, please do us a favor.

                Anyway there is still another Joseph (the first).

              • josephf says:

                @august

                i do dawg heard subjunctive and its is not commonly used in layman’s word. the problem is we are talking here and english being my first tongue. wrong yours NOT EMPHATIC SUGGESTION its a forceful one. now who’s talking english here now about being SUBJUNCTIVE. obviously its me. your picking your wordings right now from a dictionary. your trying to show off by using deep meaning words that surely you don’t use everyday as well as comprehend. your english would be lame if you live here in the states and talk to ordinary people i mean born and raised with english as their first languange. even our president try to communicate with people in plain simple language unless there is no other word for it. come and live here and the way you wirte as if you bwere talking, see if everyday people can understand you. they might even think your talking ebonic (just kidding)

                your the one who should review your blogging and im sure your dogs studied in your schools of english. then they can communicate with my dogs cause im gonna send my dogs to your schools of english to earn ph d so they can be my interpreter.

                i hope your not pulling my leg.

              • AUGUST C FERNANDO says:

                Mr Goebbels Joseph, I lived and worked more than 20 yrs in New York City (at the ill-fated World Trade Center complex), in a multi-billion Wall Street firm, working with almost all Ivy Leaguers and college graduates from around the world (can YOU say as much?)…. Plus an additional 3 yrs in Las Vegas, Nevada. That’s why I can bet my bottom floating peso that Americans in the street and at home do not talk like YOU, like how you write, I mean. Laymen Americans’ chats/conversations are FULL OF GONNA, GONNA, WANNA, WANNA and some such gibberish nonsense… and most of them DO NOT WRITE AND TALK IN GRAMMATICAL ENGLISH. Not that it’s wrong to use idioms and non-grammatical English in informal conversations — like you are doing here SHAMELESSLY, the wrong-grammar bit, I mean… The point I am trying to make is just to disprove your MISLEADING ASSERTION that Americans talk/speak intelligently. Contrary Exhibit “A”: JOSEPHF! ;) BTW, Mr Goebbels, we are here engage in a formal discourse, not in a street or bar chat. So I adopt my language accordingly. Yeah, I know you’ll take my use of that word “ACCORDINGLY” to task…because ordinary Americans do not use it on their everyday chats… I very well know THAT! You being the smart-alecky English-country born yokel, can you tell me another word I can use in place of “accordingly”? Ball in your court, Senor!

              • To : Sir Rene-Ipil,

                Very good news indeed on Philippine’s Business English Proficiency rating but essentially nothing to do with the issue of media corruption.

                He he he, sorry for the comment Sir. :(

                Below is Ms. Raissa’s policy on comments :

                Dear fellow citizens of the blogosphere,

                I like your comments very much.
                But I would appreciate it if you write about the topic on hand and not about anything else.

                I stand corrected if Ms. Raissa says I’m wrong.

              • Rene-Ipil says:

                @arsenio reyes

                I know Raissa has the option to delete any post in her blog. I fully subscribe to her policy. If you believe that any of my comments is irrelevant or impertinent and it bothers you, you may ask Raissa to delete it. Please do so and I assure you of my full cooperation. And thank you so much for reminding me of Raissa’s policy.

          • parengtony says:

            You think this guy Soriano to whom Okada gave $40M USD ($10M was remitted back) was acting on his own or, at the most, was in cahoots only with Genuino and there was no further higher-up involved?

            • leona says:

              @parentony…malayo ka na…’di na “suguro” but SIGURADO na! joke only…hehehe

              my opinion to your tsismis…si Soria ba ang pinakamataas na opisyal noon? Hindi! Sino?…’di ako sigurado but siguro lang…si mikeatgma!

          • josephf says:

            @johnnny lin

            i don’t know if you know anything about privacy in the states or you are just being naive.

            i can only get a copy of a receipt IF under my own name and i have to show my idenfication issued by the government. this is because i resides in nv. i cannot get a copy of receipt say under johnny lin’s name unless you give a notarized authorization.

            now say i was able to get a copy of your receipt with your authorization thats is illegal. thats is called breached of confidentiality and it is a federal offense. you should know that because you mention in your previous blog during hurricane sandy that you reside in new jersey and your flight was cancelled.

            now who is the brat and spoonfed? you or me? you maybe naturalized ciitizen in the states but your heart and mind lives in the philippines.

            • Johnny Lin says:

              @josephf
              Dugay na states, tunto pa gid
              That is why I told you “get a waiver from them”, if you did not understand it the first time. You asked me for proof, I told you what to do getting the proof.

              As I said, only spoiled brats are spoonfed. You want me to, as I see it.

              Btw, I didn’t say I live in NJ(read my posts again since you are an avid follower, he he he) nor “naturalized citizen in the states”, proud 100% to have a mind and heart of a Filipino living in the Philippines. Why do you insinuate something is wrong with that?

              Is it because Philippines is not a English speaking country? You might want to know that Filipinos speak grammatically correct English better than many English born natives. You should have realized that by now after comparing your comments with my August F friend

              He he he

              • josephf says:

                you open that one johnny boy/ why put the burden on me?
                because you know they won’t give it to me.so your safe whatever you say because you want others to prove what you said. what is this then a discussion place only? all the sweet talks and sugar laced insunuation? i thought you wanna help get rid of graft & corruptions in your country and im daring you to get the proof since you opened it up. what the matter with cannot prove what you say? should i repeat you make your bed, you lie on. only a child would ask a bigger fellow to get his glass of water from the tap.

                yeah 100% proud patriot living conveniently somewhere else away from hardship.

                i did not say your country is not an english speaking country. your friend august and pelang was the one that wants me to go to your english schools in the philippines. did i push your button about about my dogs as my interpreter if they attend your english schools down there?

                yeah you did say your flight was cancelled and you got a beach house too and that burglary was not as bad as in NY.. so what your in the states for convenience while your fellow countrymen are suffering? what a patriot. hiding or living in the states pretending to be patriotic and know it all guy. is that how you were raised for self convenience only.

                and your rhetoric spoiled brats are spoonfed=== translation
                johnny insunuated about receipt but johnny wants joseph to get a waiver from them so he can get a copy of receipt.===is that not spoonfeeding? and who is being spoonfed here? you like using idiomatic expression but don’t know how to properly apply it. just say it in philippines words. i had a filipino friend who can interpret it..

                remember you opened this up
                should i start calling names here johnny patriotic or do you prefer johnny convenience or spoon johnny? so what now all of you would gang up on me because i raised questions you do not like? give me break. question are raised because there is doubt not because you are being criticized. if you want to answer just say so but don’t evade and pretend you can proved it by passing the burden to the one who raised the issue? is that a mentality?

                you got mouthful don’t you? dumb ass
                Dugay na philippines, tunto pa gid

              • Yes Sir Johnny Lin, nothing personal. I think josephf probably means, in one sentence, “Put your money where your mouth is.”

                He he he too. Ha ha ha

              • Johnny Lin says:

                Josephf and arsenio

                Nosy boys are always outsiders, he he he.

                Josephf, your Filipino friend works as casino auditor so he knows what I am talking about comps to preferred customers, but you are in Elko that occasional tourists in your area get at at most is a picture of Big Papa stuff Bear with Bud in one hand in Commercial cause tourists go there more for the women. Stockmen might be your hangout, hi hi hi.

                Dawg, now, its obvious why your English sounds common miner’s talk in a brothel and they are legal in your redwood.

                Cause you live in Nevada you think you know better and smarter when I opened up about casinos. I would not even play in your area, way way below my league. You are curious why I live the good life in the states. Will satisfy your “nosiness”, Living on free comps from casinos in both coasts because I am a professional gambler

                He he he.

              • To Sir Johnny Lin,

                I thought that the subject matter of this blog now is media corruption, remember? Aimed at betterment of the majority of Filipinos…, just to quote what is really the objective of Ms. Raissa Robles.

                Now it’s becoming more about personalities, English grammar, name-calling, pissing contest, empty and irrelevant side comments, where a person resides, etc. In other words, a lot of nonsense unrelated to the subject matter, substantially inanities if I may say so.

                Then what the hell are you talking about now? If Josephf and I ask simple, straight-forward questions, we expect straight answers. If there is no answer, then fine. No answer is better.

              • Johnny Lin says:

                Arsenio

                Blame your doofus friend josephf who started diversion by being cocky and belittling Filipino english.

                Blame yourself also for having tunnel vision. Some despise the person you idolize. Nobody asked you why you admire that person, thus you dont have business asking that person why somebody does not admire your idol. You started the off topic due to your idolatry and we gave our own opinion on that person. Your reasoning is different but you wanted us to explain. Why should we? He is dead anyway.

                You have an idol based on Raissa topic. We told you he was not pure based on what we believe. You kept insisting to find out our reasons. It was none of your business in the first place.

                Now you ask the question why we went this far. Because you were stubborn, it could not be your way like you are used to in your own world. You were told one reason why, you accused people of maligning a dead person. At your age, you should know better. The answer you are looking for may not be to your liking, then move on and stop accusing personalities.

                Funny part, you sided with an ignoramus who does know a bit about the personalities we are talking and he wanted explanation because he wanted to participate on something he does not understand at all.

                People have their own reasons on certain subject matters. Take or leave it after the explanation. Put out a reasonable argument But don’t push. Saying “why malign a dead person who could not defend himself” is a silly argument.

                You asked why and when you were told what they believe, you accused them personally. You could have ended it by saying, “that is what you believe, I dont believe what you say of him and he is still my idol”. End of discussion.

                Read your posts from the beginning about this matter.

              • AUGUST C FERNANDO says:

                BOOM!!

                ATTABOY, JOHNNY! GO, LINvincible, GO! ;)

              • There you go again Mr. Johnny Lin making those nonsense judgment about persons, acting like an expert profiler has you once tried to profile me without basis. You’re very fond of diversionary statements which have no bearing on the subject matter.

                I don’t care whether other persons like you despise Mr. Max Soliven. And why should I? There’s no logic in that because I don’t even know you or others writing here on a personal basis.

                It is you who said that he has dirty deals but cannot enumerate what are those deals. Deals is a plural noun. If you cannot state those dirty deals and point to other persons to do that for you then fine. It’s none of my business because you don’t know the answers.

                If you want to malign a dead person(s) then that’s you call, its your free will to do so. I am not siding with an ignoramus. Name-calling and condescending attitude is your favorite style to brow beat those who do not agree with your opinions. I agree on points a certain person says but it does not mean I am siding. You like to twist words and make sweeping generalizations about persons. Finally, you think you are more intelligent, I don’t think so and I don’t care whether you think so. You’re a gambler, that is a fact. You can gamble with your money all you like but not on statements you make.

                End of discussion also. Read all your postings also.

              • Johnny Lin says:

                Arsenio

                “difficult for old dogs learning new tricks”

                You said: “agreeing with one person does not mean I am siding with him” – think again, does your sentence make sense?
                if you are not with me, you are against me is a very simple adage that a grade 1 pupil understands!

                We mentioned two deals, that is more than one. We do not want to tell you more, you cant force us, which you are trying to do. If you cant remember the two, keep reading. I say things not to convince people but to express personal opinion which might be different from others. Agreeing or not is your problem, but your biggest problem is forcing people to follow your personal line of reasoning.

                My intelligence is your impression, I never said that I am. Read my comments again, how many times I rejected the notion. I admit to saying using simple reasoning with common sense.

                Condescending – you asked me why we digressed, I answered you on how it started and your participation. Condescending is butting in without any basis like what your red neck friend said about Filipino English lesson because he was born in an english speaking country.

                Name calling – your doofus friend started it.

                “i make sweeping generalization of persons” – if I do I would have called everybody with tunnel vision, but I only said that to you. You are sore because you cant get your way with us, as before, but you did not learn your lesson. Take a break again and keep reading Raissa blog, its good for you, ciao

                He he he

              • I guess you will never change Johnny. You are just describing yourself and saying it to other persons. Same old disgusting style again. Well, anyway, that is your choice.

                You said : “if you are not with me, you are against me is a very simple adage. ..” It is not even an adage if you know what is an adage. It is a biblical passage or verse, Matthew 12:30 which says “He who is not with me is against me, and he who does not gather with me scatters.” Those are the words of the Lord Jesus Christ which you sort re-phrased and not attribute.

                Now, it’s either you are poorly imitating Sotto or you are a relative of Quiboloy.

                It’s useless to discuss with you. Where there are wise and humble people, certainly you are not one of them.

                Go on and take a break by gambling. Or better still, stop gambling and do some soul searching. I think you need it.

              • Johnny Lin says:

                Arsenio

                Predictable response. Saved the last for you.
                You said this: “you can gamble with your money but not with statements you make”. Read again what you posted

                Making statements or offering opinion is similar to gambling hoping that you will win the approval of majority. Increase the odds of winning by telling sensible statements, backing them with at least one common knowledge of proof.

                Gambling is making bet hoping to win with a bluff against the opponent/house. Increase the odds of winning by knowing how to calculate the odds by counting cards.

                As usual there are sore losers as I am responding to one.

                Here is the clincher: why do you believe I am a professional gambler, it was just one of many statements of mine

                He he he

              • Yes Johnny. I strongly suggesting you to stop gambling because its affecting your behavior. You are capable of other work. He he he

                Why do gamblers continue to gamble even though they lose or they know they’re gonna loose to the house? Near-misses in your casino gambling just like the “Attaboy” comment of August C Fernando may elicit dopamine response in your system giving you a false notion of correctness in what you say or argue. In gambling, the more you lose, the more you want to recoup your losses. Winning in gambling gives you a false sense of control, an illusion of control over an event that is definitely ruled by chance. This are the findings in problem gambling which I researched hastily for your sake because time is of the essence. For you to stop gambling and find other work is I hope not really a bad advice.

                It is difficult to reason with you given your present state of mind, mind-set or mental predisposition.

                The house I am referring to above is the truth, spirit and essence of what is right.

                You can call me anything you want. I just want you to be happy. Just try to listen to my advice. Your gambling might also affect your family or it doesn’t. Take care Johnny. Hehehe to you also and to August C Fernando. Attaboy August. Go on with what you do.

              • josephf says:

                @johnny lin

                i said we move in elko when i was young does not mean i still lived there. only till after high then went to college outside nevada. i visit my folks who still live in elko. i was stationed around rhe mainland as well in some parts of the world. winnemucca is the mining town not elko so your again worng. its mustang ranch where men go for women and its legal. its outside reno on i-80 heading east. you really don’t know the demographics in states or nevada. i live in vegas since i retired in 1988 and took small jobs to kill the time.

                you said you lived a goodlife in the states? what did you do? preferred comp? really? and your a gambler? coast-to-coast, 5 bucks on table then asked for a comp. why did you not use the word high roller instead of a gambler. plus if you are really a gambler you should know they have their own turf. not cost-to-coast that you claimed to be. you are curious whats like in other casinos thats why you claimed to be coast to coast. real gambler will travel, no matter where he lives, just to be in his gambling turf. why do you think those japanese high rollers travel all the way to vegas not in china to gamble. thats what real gamblers are. they have their own turf. and casinos offer tthe preferred comp. they don’t asked like you.

                you assumed that cuz i lived in nv i know more about casino. bloody right i know more. i know right away cuz you said coast-to-coast. those 3 words gave you up as to what kind of gambler you are. your just a petty gambler trying to impress the readers here. too bad someone know what a real gambler is. do you even know that even 7-11, walmart, convenient stores and other groceries have slot machines? yeah you more about casino. tsk tsk claiming to be a gambler and know more about casinos. if you have that knowledge how come your note mployed by you local casino? cuz you know you got nothing. maybe those philippino porters in casinos at the little town called elko are more knowledgeable than you when it comes to casino. tsk tsk just a petty gambler.

                one more thing why not spent your hard earned money from the states in your casinos down there in the philippines. you might be a big help.

                my friend (also a retiree like me) the auditor used be an aide to certain mr. morales jr. (forgot the first name) in the communist party of the philippines. prior to that he was just a student activist a member of sdk (can;t remember what it means its in philipino words) philippine college of commerce chapter (he have a degree in advertising/markeying). his mentor he said was the dean of that school (nemesio purugante? correct me if im wrong). he used to be a street parliamentarian during his younger days been on the streets of manila and that famous bridge he mentioned (can’t remember). he then went underground when martial law was declared by marcos. he fled to mountains and was with a certain commander dante before he became an aide to mr. morales. he was a teacher too in the organization. he left the philippines after he was released from prison by mrs. aquino.

                he was the one who led me to this blogsite and he said these bloggers are just wannabes. he said these bloggers sound like bourgeois. he said if these bloggers with so many ideas and knowledge, if they get off their computiers and direct their energies to the rightr direction would be a big help to reveal the gray parts of the philippine gov’t. as long as they are just yakking in the site they are all plain wannabe patriotic.

                he was impressed by raissa’s article until he read raissa’s comment why bother come here then? my friend saw that i was not attacking or as per your wordings belittling philippinos. he saw i was just asking and no answer was given but a round around. he feels every one needs to agree like a family with raissa’s comment. he was even wiliing to give info and contacts to raissa (in a private way) so she can verify the veracity of his info and expose it with proof and evidenence. with his info he said a lot of credibilty would be in question specially the politicians and some father of present journalist and some are deceased already.

                now lets stop all these non-sense. where not getting anywhere. you still have not answered my question

                im not going to post here anymore.sure no more against your opinion and sorry if i pushed the wrong button. but you johnny still have not answered my query. the proof.

            • Johnny Lin says:

              Arsenio

              Read joe america blog, there is a list there of 10 Filipino bad traits, envy and spiteful included.

              First you said we did not know each other, that you didn’t believe what I say without proof but you said that Im a professional gambler is a fact, not because you know me but because I said it. So you believed what I wrote.

              Now you are giving me advice to get another job. If you built your houses with cash rather than mortgage, bless you, but if not, you need to heed your own advice more than I do.

              August has been retired in the Philippines like me, enjoying his big pension for working in NY. You are still shivering in cold NY probably because you could not afford our lifestyles.

              It is so waaaaarmmmm here in the Philippines, eating chestnuts without winter jackets while watching the parade of lights at MOA is more pleasurable, plus all the local delicacies and jolly spirit of fellow Filipinos. Nothing could beat that feeling during Christmas season!

              About in NY, Merry Christmas!
              Ho ho ho
              He he he

              • It’s all right Johnny. Saying some statements about other people and saying something about yourself is quite different. For how can you contradict something you said about yourself. Shall I say that, OK Johnny, give us proof that you are a professional gambler aside from the other proofs I’m asking you?!

                Now, for example only, you say you’re not a gambler, I don’t know what else to say.

                Merry Christmas Johnny. Take care and God bless. It is a sincere thought.

              • Johnny Lin says:

                Arsenio

                Pardon me if I have to say tunnel vision again.

                Professional gambler is rhetorical for everybody. The moment someone finishes or drops out of school and tries luck to eke out a living he/she becomes a professional gambler of life. Some are successful like Zuckerberg of Facebook or Bill Gates of Microsoft. Some are failures like many college graduate Filipino OFWs working as DH. Some rich people have failed business ventures, some journalists stake their integrity by accepting bribes. These are all forms of life’s gamble, not one vision of gambling literally etched in your mind.

                You could be successful in your own way, a winner, depending how satisfied in life you are. Wealth is not a measure, quality of life and happiness is, to me. Having all of them is rewarding to the lucky ones.

                You are a sincere honest man, extremely serious in all undertakings as I envision. Unfortunately, I also see a person who did not quite learn much from limited experience to “street education”, thus i could not restrain to tease you to the limit.

                Enjoy your holidays with your family. And I mean it too including the fact, there is no place like home, Philippines, during Christmas season especially in the twilight years of expatriates.

                Keep threading, next year you might have the upper hand on me. Cross the fingers

                To a prosperous and healthy New Year!

                He he he

              • Thank You Sir Johnny Lin,

                Becoming rich has not been my ambition in the beginning, I’d rather be happy and healthy.
                I live a simple life but have and willing to help other people with no much to show for it being the right hand man of my 2 previous employers who are billionaires.

                Let me share with you part of the poem “Desiderata” below by Max Erhmann (Probably you would exclaim, “What?! Another Max!”. Hahahahaha). Johnny, best wishes to you and your family in the holiday season.

                xxx
                Go placidly amidst the noise and haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence. As far as possible without surrender be on good terms with all persons. Speak your truth quietly and clearly; and listen to others, even the dull and the ignorant; they too have their story.

                Avoid loud and aggressive persons, they are vexatious to the spirit. If you compare yourself with others, you may become vain or bitter; for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself.
                xxx

              • duquemarino says:

                @Johnny Lin
                Intrigero ka talaga, ha ha ha, but I admire your wits. You are giving me imaginary portraits of those who trade comments with you (troll or not troll). Cheers..

  71. ed celis says:

    “it was the practice long before Martial Law for politicians to give reporters cash”
    @ raissa, the Marcoses, the Enriles and their gangs are still in power, so nothing
    has changed…

  72. chit navarro says:

    There are very few journalists/columnists who can say with a straight face that they are not part of the system of media corruption.

    Raissa & Alan, for starter.

    Maria Ressa and Maritess Vitug perhaps.

    Cito Beltran probably.

    And yes, the media in general bit the bullet in their recent convention. With the coming election, we look forward for a better media coverage for all candidates, not only for those with lots of moolah to spare…

    And hopefully, newspapers, even if owned bypoliticans, will be always fair and square…. wishful thinking?

    • raissa says:

      I know Marites is straight.

      Pls read part 2 of my piece. Coming next.

      • chit navarro says:

        I look forward to that.
        And your one -liner is very telling. Does that mean that the other 2 are not what they seem to be?

        Oh well, gone are the days of Teddy Locsin Sr., Quijano de Manila & Napoleon Rama…

        And yes, Luis Beltran Sr.

        • chit navarro says:

          sorry, I forgot another fave of mine – Raul Locsin of Business DAy…

          and the original Ninez Cacho Olivares…. (not the one now).

        • Johnny Lin says:

          @chit
          Aha, reading between the lines, “the other 2″

          Ask Raissa about “un-bff superiority complex and the apple does not fall far from the tree”

          He he he

    • springwoodman says:

      So we can count on the fingers of one hand – Raissa, Alan, Maria Ressa, Maritess Vitug and Cito Beltran – the media people who are incorrupt? All the rest are condemnable for not being on this list? All are presumed guilty until proven otherwise?

      This is a great ethical dilemma, isn’t it? If names cannot be named, how do you separate the good from the bad? If names cannot be named, how do you root out the corruption?

      It seems that the country should be named the Catch-22 country.

      o You cannot pass an anti-political dynasty bill because the dynasts are in control on all levels of government.
      o You cannot pass an RH Bill because the celibate priests won’t let you.
      o You cannot pass an FOI bill because politicians are afraid you may find them out.
      o You cannot be granted justice because the judges can be bribed.
      o You cannot jail a politician because they’re sick and must be confined in hospital.
      o You cannot speedily try massacring politicians because their lawyers are brilliant and witnesses are hunted down and killed.
      o You cannot bring murdering politicians to justice because the Court of Appeals will say, “No case”.
      o You cannot remove squatters because they’re not squatters and are protected by City Hall.
      o You cannot peacefully assemble and protest because the mayor will teach you a lesson by filing a libel case against you and have you imprisoned before you can do your ablutions.

      So, man, what can you do? Just whine and cry and lick your festering wounds? Or pay no attention, and dance like Psy as though nothing were wrong?

      Perhaps JoeAm has the correct solution: let’s all get stinkin’ drunk. And imagine this is all a bad dream. Tomorrow we will wake up and see the clean streets with no jeepneys, drive to the mall without being caught up in the traffic and by red lights, walk to the porte-cochere and hailed with the pleasant “Good Morning’s” of fellow shoppers, and attended to by courteous sales ladies and waited upon by smiling waiters, all without the royal unhygenic milling crowd..

    • rOSARIO says:

      i used to watch probe by cheche lazaro. until her show was cancelled due to her expose of the pagcor genuino during goryass admin. i think that show was also shown in one of the universities, forgot which. anyway, her probe tv program was moved to diff. channel. now i do not know which channel they are on.
      luchi cruz valdez i like her shows too, ID.
      and so do ted failon. his saturdays “shockers” trying to simplify, dissect different shenanigans on govt dept and issues that really affects people’s daily lives. just watch the meralco and water concessions. and now the govt wants to ppp the public hospitals? there will be the tendency that the public hospitals and clinics will be privatized and even with philhealth covering the said payments of those suppossedly covered under the said scheme will be schemed on, over, and out. Just watch.!
      it happened with the napocor, meralco , maynilad, mwss. so many so-called partners who gets income and profit and the pilipino public pays for all.
      i hope you guys understand what i am trying to say. because it is very hard for me to explain. thank you.
      anyone call tell me which channel cheche lazaro’s probe is now?

  73. Cha says:

    Thank you Raissa for wanting .. daring to write about this. I can only imagine what your colleagues in the professiion (at least the tainted ones) are now thinking or even planning in retaliation for this piece. That they have not been specifically ‘outed’ does not even matter, that you and whatever else you know are now a threat to their way of life is probably enough motivation for them to now want to destroy you. And this is only Part 1, they must now be wary of what you have in store for Part 2.

    It is quite depressing knowing all these things but today I’ll choose to celebrate those who stood their ground (against what seems to be the already ‘accepted practice’) and continue to do so like you and Alan and I suspect quite a few others from Rappler (like Vitug who also wrote about this issue the other day) and PCIJ and those editors and publishers who taught the likes of you and showed you all that it can be done. That one can be a journalist in the Philippines and be respectable. That one can be a Filipino and be honorable.

    Thank you.

  74. The first time many suns and moons ago, I commented here, I suggested nominations for a worthy international award to Ms. Raissa. After thousands of other similar positive commentaries to this blog, this piece on media corruption beats all her other pieces. I doubt whether there can be a priest or bishop who can be impartial and fair to write about the decadence of the clergy.

    I raise and put my hands together for you Ms. Raissa.

  75. baycas says:

    Ganito kami noon… Paano kayo ngayon?
    Not the Movie

    Observations and analyses of journalism in the Philippines.

    The Asian Institute of Journalism (AIJ) in 1983 noted that mass communication in Asia basically started as an extension of the political structure, whether of rulers who wanted to learn the opinions of constituents, rulers who needed a means to disseminate decrees, and later, in the transmission of colonizers’ cultures. AIJ further noted that where political power is highly centralized, the press is notexpected to be an independent institution from the government. Where power is decentralized, it becomes a mediator and watchdog in behalf of the people.

    Journalism in the Philippines (in print, radio and television) has played both roles as extension of government and as mediator and watchdog in behalf of the pople. Likewise the Filipino audience has had doses of both irresponsible, licentious and sensational reporting and more responsible and serious reporting.

    Philippine journalism today may be assessed following AIJ’s observations of Asian journalism in 1983, as follows:

    a. Event-orientation. xxxxx

    b. Urban-rural imbalance. xxxxx

    c. Western bias in reporting. xxxxx

    d. Commercialism. AIJ noted the increasing control of media managers, i.e., the owners and publishers, than editors in what is deemed worthy of publication as news.

    xxxxx

    AIJ further noted the limited financial resources of the media which limit reporters from undertaking specialized coverage, in-depth reporting, investigative reporting and other ways of collecting firsthand news.

    Related to this and journalists’ low pay, “envelopmental journalism” (AIJ, 1983; Fernandez, 1992; and Shafer, 1992) has become a common practice. Fernandez, from her excerpts of interviews with journalists, defined envelopmental journalism as the acceptance of gifts in cash or in kind in exchange for influencing the choice and treatment of news stories. Her interviewees gualified envelopmental journalism in several ways: it is such only when it goes over a certain amount, only when there are agreements made, only when it is outright cash, and only when it is given prior to the publication of a story. AIJ defines the term in a more straightforward manner: journalists are either bribed to desist from writing unfavorable stories or to encourage them to write favorable ones (the latter also termed “praise releases“). Fernandez further cited another term used to refer to the practice: AC/DC or “attack and collect, defend and collect“.

    e. Press freedom and responsibility. xxxxx

    - Cadiz, C. H. (1995). The changing asian media environment and its impact on journalism values : report from the Philippines. In AMIC Seminar on Asian Values in Journalism Seminar Nilai-Nilai Kewartawanan Asia: Kuala Lumpur, 24-25 August, 1995. Singapore: Asian Media Information and Communication Centre.

    This excerpt is copy-pasted from DR-NTU, Nanyang Technological University Library, Singapore where the document was uploaded for reading.

    The document was watermarked…

    ATTENTION: The Singapore Copyright Act applies to the use of this document. Nanyang Technological University Library

  76. Johnny Lin says:

    Similar to others, journalism/mass communication is a profession, a noble one. Unfortunately, the honest income is below par of other professions. If my memory serves me right, the blame on Philippine media corruption started with radio and entertainment ebbing into the media in the late fifties, worsening on pre martial law when idolized columnists were obvious lackeys of certain politicians or parties.

    Radio corruption started with the “payola” of announcers playing 45′s of certain singers promoted by their recording companies. This recording “payola” was the dark side of music industry in US. Movie industry was no different with producers paying entertainment writers enhancing the careers of their contract artists. It was the reason entertainment writers flourished and in the Philippines, dominated by the “third sex” so called writers/ talent agents/ promoters changing the words ” contract artists” to “stable of”.

    In the print medium, corruption of beat reporters started in the military, BIR, Customs. Nowadays, Customs beat is a coveted reporter’s assignment. Undoubtedly, boss of the beat reporter is not clean either. When columnists became favorites of the reading public they became targets of politicians and high government officials.

    Later on, one could easily spot the name of the politicians paying by the pattern of the tones in the columns. These columnists got greedy by requesting government appointments to legitimize their income but certainly diluted their independence. In the beginning, there were still some who resisted the temptations but during Marcos time, one could easily point to someone who swithced allegiance. The “icon of journalism” was the most prominent.

    Money was no longer a problem from government appointments and payola. Greed enveloped the columnists wanting statures so they asked for ambasadorship positions upon contemplating semi- retirement, similar to retiring generals. Others put out foundations receiving donations (legitimate?) funding their causes and at the same time praising and protecting the names of their perennial big donors. Despite their compassionate purpose, their means degraded their status. We read their columns and watch them on TV daily.

    One way for journalists to be honest is to accept foreign employment, put out their own indepedent company and sacrifice a lot financially including selling Avon house to house if necessary.

    Only legitimate newsprints go bankrupt for they tried to keep the profession honest but they usually melt from within because of dearth of employees wanting to stay with the company and eventually lack of income. Raissa should know that.

    Finally, the cat is out. Laudable was the making professional corruption the topic of the last Media Conference in Tagaytay. PNoy had been harsh to the media lately, rightfully so because he knows it should be part of his “daan matuwid” for the media disseminates information influencing the people. PNoy knew the root cause of media corruption because his father, Ninoy” was a beat reporter and his sister Kris is in the entertainment world.

    Intrigues in both mediums currently is unprecedented. Corruption is pervasive. Illnes turned from endemic to pandemic cancer!

    Shakespeare said the solution is “kill the lawyers”. Is that possible with reporters and columnists? They have to make decent living and keep up with the Joneses, legitimately is impossible.

    Look at Raissa, she could not afford an ipad without waiting for Alan to retire his. Raissa and Alan are among the last of the dying breed in media industry.

    Maybe Ressa and Vitug of Rappler are idealists but being capitalists and laborers are miles apart in the real world?

    • Polpot says:

      Nice add-on to Raissa’s article, Johnny. This substantiates the “scolding” media recently got from PNoy in Tagaytay. The ambassadorial post is quite revealing of someone’s dark side. :)

      • Johnny Lin says:

        @Polpot
        you seem to talk from the inside. Clearing clouds, I am a freelancer.

        did “someone” dark side recently expose the dwindling numbers of foreign investors or was he the bumbling “ambassador wanna be” ? Punching bag of CPMers more likely

        He he he

    • Mr LIn, sorry I have to do it here, this post that went to oblivion.
      The first time many suns and moons ago, I commented here, I suggested nominations for a worthy international award to Ms. Raissa. After thousands of other similar positive commentaries to this blog, this piece on media corruption beats all her other pieces. I doubt whether there can be a priest or bishop who can be impartial and fair to write about the decadence of the clergy.

      I raise and put my hands together for you Ms. Raissa.

    • Polpot says:

      Raissa, thanks for writing on this very sensitive topic. I do hope there are more like minded journalists who will champion this cause and put the noble back into the profession.

      In a conference I attended yesterday Marengo Winnie shared this definition of a hero: ordinary people who do extraordinary things, not for self gain,.

      Simply taking action (or nt king action) could either cause one to walk down the path of heroism (or evil).

      Raissa, you are a hero, as Bonifacio was during the Spanish revolution!

    • I raise and put my hands together for you Ms. Raissa.
      I deleted the last paragraph to see if that’s the one causing moderation.

      The first time many suns and moons ago, I commented here, I suggested nominations for a worthy international award to Ms. Raissa. After thousands of other similar positive commentaries to this blog, this piece on media corruption beats all her other pieces

    • josephf says:

      @johnny lin

      you speak as if your an authority. prove what you say.

      • AUGUST C FERNANDO says:

        About the pay of writers/journalists here in the Philippines, I am reminded of this funny bit from the late humorist/columnist Robert Benchley: “Writers are a sorry lot. They are paid only per story, per feature, per column inch… or perhaps!” HAHAHA! I know that. Because way back in the 1960s-70s, I tried to moonlight as a contributor to magazines (Phil FREE PRESS, Weekly GRAPHIC, KISLAP, PANORAMA), and to hide my identity and being a minor (fresh hi school grad at 16) I used a couple of pen names. Except for being once named among the FP “Outstanding Contributor” [naks! walang namang premyo! hahahaha! thanks to Teddy Locsin, Sr.] for a certain year, I had not much to show for my efforts — although writing made me a chain-smoker and a heavy coffee-drinker. That, and INSOMNIA was all I got! Hahahaha! Good thing I was a govt employee, paltry-salaried though I was like my colleagues. But at least with a regular pambili ng bigas at galunggong! ;)

      • pinay710 says:

        @josephf awwww!! yes they are intellectual commenters here. you are just new in this blog. you should have read comments of johnny lin, leona, baycas, vander, victin luz, alizarin, cha, rosario, parekoy, rolly, ps sereno, andrew lim , etc. you will learned intellectual things from them. try them and you will get what you want. but no bullying or sarcastic criticizm. behave, you are in Pilipino blog site.

        • leona says:

          …the rules in writing [ many reads it ] is write it like you want to eat something tasty! Don’t put a lot of pepper in it. Too much salt makes it sour! Too much sweet decays one’s teeth. Too loud shuts one’s ears. Do not mess up what you write. Clean writing is good writing. No bragging too! Be humble. Admit errors. Is in disagreement remain courteous. No personal attacks on others’ writings. Leave when you can, but still respectful as you want to give it to others. Write to share. Share and write. Don’t hurry up what you write. Think before writing!

          If one cannot observe the above [ not exclusive ] please do not write because when you do, you are exposed naked! Would you like it? Surely, no.Just sharing to remind us.

          Let’s have a nice day today. God bless us all CPMers.

        • josephf says:

          @pinay 710

          do not take all the all the intellectual commenters (according to you) statements like gospels. or you just wanna hear what you want to hear. i read what they posted and i see some holes in it, and all i want is CLARITY OR PROOF. if what they were saying are all true and will hold water why not use it to indict those people they were targetting so the philippines could be a better place since they are advocating it. or this is just a discussion place. did i go too far? what they were saying are questionable and just trying to clarify it. i did try johnny (and i will try the others too later) and did you see his response. don’t threatened me being in a pilipino blog site. what all you guys gonna gang up on me? because you didn’t like my postings? bring it on!!!

  77. macspeed says:

    Journalism is really not a good course when one is just relying on promotions on the company of magazine or comics ad newspaper, however if one is lucky enough to have their novel or short story or a poems or a song on top of the list became no. 1 then its payback time.

    A lot of these journalist ends up six feet under when they have upset a big time politician or syndicate, freedom of speech is gone if most writers will fear to express the truth. In order to shout the truth, a writer MUST have a pen name or disguise to hide their identities. Otherwise, one can be another Jose Rizal.

    Because of this trend in journalism, they are being used by politicians, syndicate, companies and the like. They will be asked to write something not what they wanted but what was dictated, the poor writer just did anyway in return for big bucks, no choice became victims of corruptions….

    • josephf says:

      @macspeed

      is this the will of allah too? i know you from your blog on cnn

      • macspeed says:

        dear josephf,

        Really? i got blog on CNN? Wow, i am not that one…this is the first time, i joined with beautiful harmless Raissa…i feel safe here…

        When you were born, your destiny is already done, each one’s destiny and appointed time is written, some may perished in childhood, some in old age, some may die brutally, some maybe raped, some may become winner of lotto and a lot more.God dictates as soon as one is concieved, mahirap paniwalaan, pero ayan ang pananaw ko. Kung ang isa ay gagawa ng laban sa fate nya, maaaring magtagumpay but not for long, what is written in the book of life will dominate.

        Tulad ko, my dream was to be a communication engineer, my father wanted me to finish electrical eng, now i am neither of those but an instrument engr, i dont like to work here, but i am stocked here in Saudi Arabia, before i hate muslims, now i am one of them but not terrorist or fanatics…

        If you say for sure tomorrow, i will do that, do this is somewhat medyo arrogante dating sa isang mananamba sa Diyos whatever sector muslim, christian or budhism,
        but if one say, tomorrow i will do that if God permits or if God wills…

        Could you give me the link of my blog in CNN? I dont remember, perhaps i am on the way to forgetfullness he he he

        • josephf says:

          @macspeed

          do i need to? or do i need to repeat your posting at the cnn about what you and your tried on skype? now did i refresh your memory? i could copy and paste it here if you want, is your forgetfullness over hehehe

          destiny, according to you, is already done the moment you were born. thats right if you were referring to death, the one and only certain. the course of your life no. you plot the course of your life except death not by god’s permission and there is no such thing as a ready made book of life. that book of life you were referring is blank and you chart the course of your life in that book. in short you make your own destiny knowingly or not. and i respect your belief.

          like you said you wanted to be a communication engineer but you ended up as an instrumentaion engineer. but you have a choice. maybe your course is somewhat related to instrumentation field, it don’t have to be exactly instrumentaion engineering field (but you don’t know it) like my friend who is state licensed electrical enginner but end up as a slot maintenance mgr. im not sure if you know that slot machines are more of electronics & programming.

          like i said, except for death. you can chart your destiny and not leave to god. cause if thats is true then all we don’t need to do anything just wait for god to tell you to go to saudi arabia and be a instrumentaion engineer. its like being appointed.

          were you in saudi arabia when you converted to islam? if so why not when you were in the philippines? i used to work for aramco way back in early 70′s and my muslim friends told me to convert. citing leniency as one being in saudia arabia. why would i when i can do what i want inside the compound like what i do as if i was in the states. our compound had all the ammenities of a western world. do you understand what imean? cuz if im gonna convert to islam it is because i believed in it not leniency or for convenience.

          back again to destiny, you need to take a second look. shalom (did i said right? just correct me if not)

          • Victin Luz says:

            @Josephf……. I agree with you on this topic destiny you can chart it , there might be an intervening factor or factors to come but which or what direction is for you alone to choice regardless whether right or wrong.

  78. baycas says:

    Program 5: A Question of Influence

    The abolition of media controls does not in itself produce the positive pre-requisites for democracy. The removal of state controls has sometimes exposed a lack of ethical restraints in national media. The media continue to be used as vehicles of political patronage. In a culture of gift-giving the acceptance of bribes by journalists is a difficult practice to stamp out. And journalism can be a risky business especially for investigative reporters working in local language media outside of the capital cities.

  79. baycas says:

    OCTOBER 12 2004
    A glossary of media corruption
    by Chay Florentino-Hofileña

    Payoffs to journalists have become so much a part of the journalistic culture that they have engendered a language all their own. These are some of the terms used in the journalistic community to refer to various forms of corruption the media.

    http://www.hotmanila.ph/Media/2004/glossary06041012.htm

  80. katataspulong says:

    let me tell you now what happens with the daily grind of a governor, mayor, and ah congressman. there is this daily queue of people asking for………

    • springwoodman says:

      In the Philippines, the circle of life is the circle of corruption.

      • katataspulong says:

        what you call weakness to your self (media), you call guilt to the politicians. sa logtaga, “kung anong sapantaha, siyang gawa.”

  81. flash says:

    A well-known practice exposed once again. Kudos to you, Raissa! Must be an offshoot from the news about the 4 columnists and their famous similar articles about the sin tax bill. So nothing has changed except AC-DC (attack and collect, desist and collect) getting more obviously hypocritical.

  82. leona says:

    Thank you Raissa I learned something from that though I think I made a right decision not to take up journalism or become a news reporter. Your description of the work is similar to a bus driver [ no offense here ] always “timed” to submit the item, for the driver the earned money fares and for news reporters the required news. Both on a short time. What a stressful job!

    I find it Fast and [ not furious] Delirious. What’s the statistics on some newspapermen suffering heart attacks? Same with all other professions, the clash between the good and the bad. Money tempts. Money corrupts. What’s new? None, I guess.

  83. I think it was the great Max Soliven who called it “envelopmental journalism”. Envelops with money inside and the corresponding “press releases” were distributed during the martial law period. Sure enough the news were pretty much the same in most of the newspapers
    during that time.

    It’s really sad to remember he is no longer around to comment on the events now-a-days.
    I miss his daily “By the Way” which was the first thing I read every morning, so fluid, so hard-hitting and so courageous.

    • raissa says:

      Er, Max also had a dark side to him.

      • REY NATHANIEL IFURUNG says:

        hmmmm what dark side?

      • I guess no one is perfect…

        • Johnny Lin says:

          In James Bond world, double agents are killed.
          In Marcos time double agents are incarcerated.

          • In Marcos time double agents are incarcerated.

            Ninoy, Diokno, Tanada, etc were incarcerated during Marcos time. Are they
            double agents?

            • leona says:

              @Arsenio…as you mentioned, who were the “double agents” incarcerated during Marcos’ time but not Ninoy, Diokno, Tanada, etc.? I like to know.

              • leona says:

                btw, if the DAgents are all dead already, forget my asking. Thanks.

              • Sorry Leona, I was the one asking Mr. Johnny Lin about his statement. That statement came in absolute and unqualified statement. I just failed to initially state what came from Johnny Lin. And so, the 2nd sentence is a question.

                If you read again the thread, I was the one asking him but there is no reply up to now.

                The reason I’m asking is its totally unbelievable that those jailed during that time are double agents or we simply don’t know and Mr. Johnny Lin knows it.

            • Johnny Lin says:

              Were they senators?

              • Johnny Lin says:

                Try figuring out how long did Max stay in jail compared to the prominent ones? Weeks or months? Was there a taipan godfather involved in the deal or promises?

                Chino Roces, Lopez and Osmena were incarcerated much much longer, latter two escaped for freedom.

                Chino was not a prolific writer but is worthy to be a icon journalist.

              • Mr. Johnny Lin :

                If you know how long Max Soliven was imprisoned, why don’t you state it here.

              • Johnny Lin says:

                Wrong choice of idol

                He he he

      • Also, with no offense meant, we should not insinuate something against a person who is dead simply because he cannot defend them himself just as in criminal law a dead person is freed from criminal charges if trial has not ended…

        Certainly, judgment is rendered by the all-knowing/all-seeing Highest Authority in any case…

        • raissa says:

          He put himself in a conflict of interest situation as publisher of Mabuhay magazine of Philippine Airlines. He continued to be its publisher after Lucio Tan revealed he owned PAL.

          Lucio Tan has been facing an ill-gotten wealth suit and owned a beer company plus a tobacco company in all the years that Max was publishing Mabuhay and writing his column for Philippine Star.

          Was this kind of situation ethical for a prominent Filipino columnist?

          I’m not saying it was illegal. I’m just questioning the ethics part of it.

          • So why question it only now. I remember a British-Chinese (from Hongkong) commenting on a complaint.

            The way I understand it from him there is some saying in Chinese (not sure) such that the horse urinated in the street and made a mess all around then the person who saw it complains after the horse is miles away already.

            Did you or anybody (even non-journalist) ever raise an ethical issue on that matter when Soliven was still alive. What happened to the issue of ill-gotten wealth against Lucio Tan to even conclude the Mabuhay deal was a dirty deal? If it was not an illegal deal, how come it’s a dirty deal? Perhaps an unethical deal?

            Anyway, the issue now is about those journalist who are still amongst us
            and we expect them to make their comments.

            • Johnny Lin says:

              Idolization is subjective, same with derision.

              I dont care why you idolize nor do I have to justify my personal opinion.
              Belief is personal.

              Unethical is protecting the source by accepting payola.
              Dirty deal is hiding the identity of the true owner of your publication when your other publication was supposed to be independent and unshady, revealing hard hitting facts about prominent rich personalities involved with government on questionable source of wealth. Contracts were signed between the publisher and owner of PAL. If you did not know beforehand, an uncompromised honest journalist would have relinquished his name by resigning from the publication unless of course there was a contractual obligation signed by both head honchos. After martial law Tan suddenly owned PAL and PNB which were govt corporations. The question is, when did the secret alliance start? Before, during or after martial law?

              Philippine Star was founded by Betty Belmonte and Max Soliven after he left Philippine Inquirer which he co founded with Apostol. Max took over as publisher upon Betty’s demise.

              Wonder why Raissa handed the “money” to the late Betty, not to the late Max?

              • josephf says:

                @jonhnny lin

                i thought you guys there are so good in english. your friends criticized me for telling i came from an english speaking country.

                here is one for you johnny, subjective and derision is totally diferrent specially the way you presented it “Idolization is subjective, same with derision”. you might wanna asked august your buddy, and his schools of english”

                could you be honest enough to yourself without looking for the meaning of derision in the dictionary, define it. remember i can not see you just plain honesty?

                or are you showing off by using not commonly used words to impress the readers.

            • leona says:

              @Arsenio…you really believe in your heart the dirty faced journalists will comment on what Raissa gave here? And “deny” that they are involved in corruptions? That revealing themselves obviously [ as many would interpret ]. No, those guys will not make comments here.

              On the “late” question made by Raissa, I like to say “admitted”…it is late. But it is very relevant and as present as the sun and the moon come and go [ like @Alizarin Virida likes to say ]. Raissa is just asking for present purposes of ethics, is it ethical when conflict of interest is present for present living journalists and news paper men? I say always, that in that situation, a big NO! Never mind the name mentioned in the question.

              And to your British-Chinese Hong Kong story of that horse that peed on the street making a mess, the complainant complained “late” because that horse had a speed of Mac 2 just like it peed Mac 1! …joke lang.

              • Hey, thanks Leona! Just saw Alizarin mentioned there. I am up to my bladder pissed of every time I hear the question WHY ONLY NOW? I am tempted to mimic somebody and say: Easy my dear, there is a time for everything as if the devil don’t know and have to ask. Why indeed, ONLY NOW one has to defend ALLEGED wrong doing.

              • My belief is that generally since corrupt journalists is the topic, one who is not corrupt would answer. It depends on free, will which all persons and that includes you and me, have.

                If they don’t comment, there’s really nothing I can do about it. If they do,
                we are of course interested to know what they will say. If they don’t comment, it’s either they are afraid to do so or simply don’t care what we say here.

                I agree its relevant but a waste of time. In the Bible I think Jesus said to let the dead past bury its dead. Jesus didn’t want a personal
                matter to interfere with his mission. Although later on, he showed compassion by attending to the matter. Just as a poet said “Act, act in the living present…”

                About the horse, of course, I know you’re joking. It’s good to joke once in a while to somehow make light of these things going around which affects our country and people. And so it is those horse
                journalists at present which we should focus on since they are still here.

              • leona says:

                @Alizarin…welcome! Sabi ni @Arsenio “relevant but a waste of time.” The whole article of Raissa here touches the issue of a painful topic – media corruption as the title says. Without doubt, this topic is not only ten years late. No one brought this out maybe 10 years ago. If there was, nobody read or heard of it. But via Cyberspace Internet, this topic is still fresh and good as ten years ago to be taken up now. Thanks to beautiful Raissa! And it is not a waste of time too!

                The dead-hungry greedy journalists are still around! They are not the “dead” Jesus was speaking about. These are the living-dead loving greasy-money from corrupt officials. They mislead the Media, the people and the country. They contribute to damage a lot to our society. They will also help grow political dynasties! Mark my word.

                Let the dead bury the dead as Jesus sadly spoke because the people were not listening to Him but busy burying their dead!

                Shall we bury this painful topic – media corruption? As Raissa gave it here? Of course not! Until there are no more journalists living, meaning they are all dead, then we bury this topic. But they are still many around. So, it is not late to say something or ask something about it, and it is never that old [ if it's late to about ten years!].

                Jesus also said “Ask and it will be given.” “Look and you will find.” When He said “look” he meant also “read.” Read and you will know.

                Media corruption destroys the Media profession. It gives lies. It mislead readers and people for the success of the corrupt people. Yes, I said “What’s new? None.” It’s there in many places. It crawls like a snake. The smell is so bad. Honesty and truthfulness in news reporting keeps fighting vs the false, dishonest news reports to no end. Who wins? None yet. …to be continued…gotta to leave!

        • josephf says:

          your absolutely right there arsenio. why beat somebody who cannot defend themselves. thats what i notice here they like to mention somebody but when you try to clarify it they hide in rhetorics like wrong choice of idol. there is really a thin line betweeen intellectuals and fools.

          • Yes Josephf, and thanks. These guys just want you to agree with them and if not, they will gang up on you thinking that you will soften up on the issue and take their side spiced up with their crooked nonsense diversionary comments.
            Don’t take them seriously since the things they say are evidently you kow what.
            Johnny Lin will also try to profile you and say a lot of nonsense unrelated things.

            • Johnny Lin says:

              Fools rush in

              Faith is in the mind of the believer

              Take it or leave it

              Kapish!

              He he he

            • josephf says:

              @ arsenio reyes

              i don’t know you and and thank you (look how i presented my words johnny lin, august & pelang hope you know what i mean by doing it this way)

              i don’t criticized them. im just like you asking questions and clarity. but they all turned against me because i raised questions. they thought i was attacking and someone ever surmised (pretty strong word) i was working for other side that they were in fact really criticizing.

              johnny lin, im not afraid of him. he tried to use words, phrases, idioms which sometimes are worngly applied specially to someone whose first tongue is english. jiohnny is just mumbling gumbling on the word he uses. hew does not really know how to use it or deep meaning words which are not commonly used by layman.

              for me johnny lin and his gang are like cluster clowns (i don’t want to use the other c-word cuz it will become a profanity). you know why because they don’t want to answer any questions raised up or questions they don’t like. simple as that. they can kiss our… you know what i mean.

              • AUGUST C FERNANDO says:

                From our resident GOEBBELS: QUOTE “….and someone ever surmised (pretty strong word) i was….” UNQUOTE…. Juice ko! SURMISED is a “pretty strong word” for you? You think I am impressed? FYI, I first used that word in the elementary grades. Half-a-century (50 yrs) ago! HAHAHAHA! :)

              • Thanks again Josephf. I also don’t know you but just waiting for anyone to comment that we know each other! He he he..

                As you have emphasized, this forum is not just a discussion forum but should aim at or may result to some sort of proper action. Not some cheap gossip forum where you can fire off unsupported or unwarranted accusations or conclusions. Misplaced or improper Insults which may look like innocent abound.

                Sometimes I answer and sometimes i think its a waste of time to dignify nonsense.

          • Victin Luz says:

            @Josephf @arsenio……..we believe on you two that MAX SOLIVEN cannot defend himself ” patay na iyan e ” either you can wait for the other SOLIVEN’s to defend MAX,………since it was @arsenio who brought out the name of MAX , why not you two defend him. ” Hindi nyo ba kaya , mga barok “

            • Josephf,

              No use debating with these guys. Their reasoning is defective . They try to dominate the forum with nonsense diversions and bullying, name-calling, troll tactics.

              From Wikipedia, below is a portion of the definition of trolls :

              In Internet slang, a troll ( /ˈtroʊl/, /ˈtrɒl/) is someone who posts inflammatory,[1] extraneous, or off-topic messages in an online community, such as a forum, chat room, or blog, with the primary intent of provoking readers into an emotional response[2] or of otherwise disrupting normal on-topic discussion.[3] The noun troll may refer to the provocative message itself, as in: “That was an excellent troll you posted.”
              While the word troll and its associated verb trolling are associated with Internet discourse, media attention in recent years has made such labels subjective, with trolling describing intentionally provocative actions and harassment outside of an online context. For example, mass media has used troll to describe “a person who defaces Internet tribute sites with the aim of causing grief to families.”[4][5]

              • Victin Luz says:

                Why @arsenio if your comments was criticized and you can not defend your postings, were you provoked to an emotional response? Kung Mali ka , you have to stand to be corrected @arsenio@@Josephf .

                Ako mga noong bago dito , posted a comment that … senator SAGUISAG , one of my idol ex senator and I thought was of the same level of ex se. DIOKNO and others but right here and then I was corrected by the CPEMR’S . Kulang ang DATA ko about SAGUISAG , I studied their opposition and accepted that I was wrong.

                Ganito tayo dito @Josephf @arsenio,…..kung kulang kulang naman ang sinasabi nyo at lalo na Kung mali kayo di tanggapin nyo na mali kayo. Diba mga sir.

              • vander anievas says:

                hahaha, nakakatuwa ang dalawang ito. eventually, you’ll grow up into matured cpmer’s. believe you me. keep posting. enjoy your day with our jolly commenters…

              • josephf says:

                @victin luz & vander anievas

                cpemr’s what are your credentials to taken so seriously? if what you were stating are all true and in fact of essence, why are your statements are not being used by the present gov’t to help them rid the graft & corruptions. with all the knowledge that you have ity should be enough to put every corrupt man in the gov’t behind bars or bdid imiss something?

                victin luz called us barok so i asked a filipino friend. he said barok is philippine version of flintstone.

                really victin luz i would rather be fred flinstone than your barok cuz obviously your barok brain is underdevelope compared to fred flinstone. thousand years behind even to this day the way you think. no wonder you guys don’t want to be confronted by just mere questions

                now we can start again, we asked the questions and and you bguys just answer. Alrighty!

            • Victin Luz says:

              @Josephf@arsenio……..don’t give up, we can learn many things from our CPEMR’S . We were against each others on this TOPIC but coming next we might be on the same side. HALA BIRA mga kaibigan.

              Lahat ng kumukuntra sa inyo , pag aralan nyong mabuti , marami kayong matutunan sa kanila mga sir.

              • Johnny Lin says:

                “One can bring the horse to the water, difficult to force it drink the water”

                He he he

              • josephf says:

                not from johnny lin all his statements are farce won’t hold water

                and your right victin luz if all the queries are answered truthfully then we can be on the same page but till then we will keep asking for clarity on what you guys are stating.

              • Victin Luz says:

                @arsenio Reyes……..then why not ask your ilokano friend if aim wrong or nagsisinungaling ako. Barok in ilocano ” when an elder person was talking to younger one the difference of age is much much lower. From Baguio city ako but I grew up in La union @ arsenio…. Tanong ka dyan barok tama ako .

              • Yes Victin Luz i believe you are telling the truth. I take it at face value by the way you say it now.
                I’ll take your word for it.

                What I commented is that you should have said it in the your first comment on barok. Because to Tagalogs Barok means mountain people as in the Tagalog comics featuring Barok is like in the stone age era or flintstone as Josephf said.

                I understand you only now. Like in Pangasinan as I learned before, meron means wala or wala means meron. I can’t remember what it is. So to a Tagalog person, there will be
                confusion because wala means none, meron means there is.

              • Victin Luz says:

                @arsenio@Josephf………. Mukhang Mali ang pinagtanungan ni @Josephf…….nagtanong daw sa ” to a FILIPINO friend ” he he diyos ko po. Magatanung kayo sa “. ILOKANO FRIENDs ” mga barok kasi. Wag putak ng putak agad.

            • josephf says:

              @ i will if i know fully well max but i don’t why don’t try to answer ansernio’s query and put this to rest instead of attacking us. when everything is clarified we can call it off.

            • Victin Luz says:

              Hay @Josephf…….. Naku po , sino naman ang nagsabing Flinstone ay Barok………….. Ang barok sa amin dito sa Ilocos Region ay ” hijo o kaya anak , o kaya nakakabatang kapatid,…. A person of much much lower than you age Josephf…………Iyang kaibigan mo ang he he galing sa planetang MARS ata……. Pag nag aaway kami ng kapati ko noong bata pa kami…..naririnig ko ang mgamtatanda da amin, ” barok tama na iyan at magkapatid kayo , ” ading mo iyan ” means younger brother mo iyan. No offense ha @Josephf ha..

              • Another deceitful and intellectually dishonest comment in the way you said your previous comment.

                Nobody knows here where your province is unless he knows you personally or stated what you’re saying now because it was intended to trigger an angry response. Now you’re trying to rationalize your mistake and make excuses. A double-edged name call, that’s what it is now.

                You’re pathetic Mr. Victin Luz. It was important for a person in the first place to know what you say or explain only now. It was a malicious strategy . Unless, of course, the interpreter is Ilocano too and could explain another meaning just like yours and he didn’t.

                Knowing full well that Josephf needs an interpreter on certain tagalog words, you deliberately intended to mislead, made insulting name-call now in the guise of brotherly advice.

                Nice try but bad.

              • josephf says:

                @victin luz

                my friend he not from your region and only speak philippino and tagalog. he said the philippines start going down when marcos became the president and marcos is from your region. he also said that his defense minister speak the same dialect. so don’t assumed that i can understand every word from your region. if i use gaelic words here im sure you won’t understand it either.

                its the question that i asked to johnny lin that has not been answered until now passing the burden to me instead when in fact he opened it up. johnny lin’s answer are like get a waiver etc. he had the info but not the facts. just let johnny lin or whoever have the answer and we can stop hurling insults to each other. just answer it no need for rhetorics

      • Johnny Lin says:

        That “icon of journalism” accepted government appointments. Very sad.

        He is dead, we talk about him because some peopele still idolize him for his journalistic accomplisments but did not know anything about his private life because of many reasons.

        Those in the loop aware of his “dirty deals” appreciated his writings but not his status.

        Nothing changes, “icon” interchanged with “emeritus”.

        • May we know what were his dirty deals? His wife or daughter may somehow come to his defense since he is already dead.

          • Johnny Lin says:

            Should have stayed dead. Should never have opened. Too late sharing facts.

            Reminiscing prominent personalities is double sided, admiration or derision.
            Talk about Hitler to a Jew, response is understandable. Talk about him with Atty Topacio, GMA lawyer, response might be surprising.

            Faith is in the mind of the believer.

            • You see, its just words of accusation, there’s nothing you can say about those dirty deals or whatever it is.

              Suddenly remembering prominent personalities is good or bad is not a
              good answer nor is involving another person like Topacio when you can’t
              answer your own statement.

              • Victin Luz says:

                It was already answered by @mam RAISSA ..about the conflict of interest of Mr. Soliven in accepting /continuing as publisher of PAL MABUHAY magazine even though LUCIO TAN revealed he was the owner of PAL sir.

                I am not a journalist like you but tell us then any writings or publication by Max Soliven condemning the tax evasion cases of LUCIO TAN or anything about the Fortune Tobaco Corporation owned also by TAN which for decades controlling the prices of tobacco in Northern Luzon does depriving small tobacco farmers their rightfull shares/income on the product. TELL if you know one@ arsenio.

              • Sorry Ms. Victin Luz but I am the one asking about the “dirty deals” which to my mind means many deals. I think that is my question. If you follow the exchange of opinions, I said and clearly stated that Mr. Soliven can no longer defend himself. I cannot defend Mr. Soliven on that matter.

                And if you consider it a dirty deal, that is your opinion of a dirty deal.
                The dirty deal accusation was made by Mr. Johnny Lin and not me.

                It’s good that Ms. Raissa cited her own example. So are there other deals you may happen to know? It was not Ms. Raissa who said there are dirty deals but merely mentioned a dark side so it may be one.

              • Victin Luz says:

                Tell us a story that the Max Soliven directly attacked the Crisologo’s tobacco blockade during the latter’s reign in ILOCOS SUR or the recently SINGSON’s tobacco LEVY FUND anomaly where a COA head conducting the investigation was assassinated few years back.

                Ilocos Region was the first ” BALUARTE ” of LUCI TAN….. And the SOLIVEN were from the same place but did MAX write hard against these FAMILIES ……NO

                @arsenio…. We don’t have evidence of payoff but ” sila ay magkakaibigan ” that is where the CONFLICT of INTEREST will comes in .

                Dr. Ortega became the director of the crocodile farm in PPrincesa City because of the influence/ strong recommendation of the late speaker MITRA. I stayed in Palawan for the last 21years and I am a witnessed how the assassinated Ortega, then congressman Baham MItra now governor , ex Governor Reyes ( suspected mastermind of the killing ). , party list rep. Payuyo and also conga. Alvarez were not only of the same political party but ” ika nga magbabarkada ” but when the Malampaya shares and the ” KALIKASAN at KABUNDUKAN ” was prostituted by his ” KAIBIGAN “………. Left and right @ arsenio on the local radio and the local papers ” walang pahinga ang banat ni GERRY dahil iyon naman ang katotohanan ”

                He was assassinated and the fruits of his death were ,….so many mining permits cancelled, COAs auditing of the Malampaya shares and strict implementation of mining laws for RIO TUBA mining also closure of other mining firms in Palawan.

                Tell us now @arsenio …. Kung ano ang nagawa ni SOLIVEN sa Ilocos Region being a multi awarded journalist.

              • Perhaps you know more than I do. Again, it must be said that Max Soliven cannot defend himself.

                I just admire and/or believe in what he writes in his daily column.

                Knowing all the the things you mentioned, did you question him or attack him on those matters at the time they were known to you? It seems you knew all those things when Max Soliven was still alive or you just found out now?

                Certainly, it would be inconceivable if Max Soliven would threaten you or harm you then. Who would harm you then? Is it the group of Lucio Tan. Probably not since you are writing against him now?

              • Johnny Lin says:

                As I said perception is two sided. Acceptance of negative side is difficult to fanatics. Faith is in the mind of the believer. You chose to idolize based on your belief. Nobody questioned your reason to admire him, nobody is preventing you.

                Others like me were not mesmerized by him, we have our own reasons and you were questioning us. There is no reason to justify to you, take it or leave it. Move on, he is in netherworld.

                He is dead, you resurrected his name first as an example of an ideal journalist, its your fault why we were reminded of his past in this thread.

              • Victin Luz says:

                @arsenio…. Your posted word ” INSINUATING ” was misplaced . Nobody was insinuating here , in our TOPIC even our host doesn’t want to name name’s even though she knew some of the corrupt journalist.

                Dark side doesn’t directly or automatically means DIRTY DEALs @ arsenio. On my own understanding based on what was posted by our HOST means a journalist like MAX SOLIVEN if not that CONFLICT of INTERST should have written HARD against LUCIO TAN activities. HE has NO BUSINESS KEEPING SILENT AGAINST LUCIO.

                SILENCE was not afforded to SOLIVEN being a top notch journalist as you said @Arsenio.

            • Mr. Johnny Lin:

              You now conveniently say its too late for sharing facts when you are being asked for proof. The reason is you don’t have it.

              • Johnny Lin says:

                Proof is 6 ft otg

                He he he

              • Mr. Johnny Lin :

                I don’t also care about your personal beliefs and I don’t also have to justify my personal beliefs to you nor asking you to believe what I say. But if you have proofs of what you say, then show it.

                Proofs are not based on personal beliefs. So Why did Raissa handed the money to the late Betty Go doesn’t prove anything.

                Proof is 6ft otg? Again nothing. Joseph is right, you should put up or shut up.

              • Johnny Lin says:

                Take it or leave it
                He he he

            • josephf says:

              @johnny lin

              too late sharing facts or you had no solid facts. don’t divert focus in here. forget hitler and jews

              • josephf says:

                @ victin luz

                in english speaking country where i was born and raised dark side of a person means something not nice.

                explain to me why you said and i quote “Dark side doesn’t directly or automatically means DIRTY DEALs”. pls in layman words.

              • Johnny Lin says:

                Josephf

                Only school kids are spoonfed. number of days, martial law, in jail plus taipan plus secret contract between publication and PAL owner

                Dirty deals for self interest.

                wrong choice of idols, splattered with stinking mud all over

                He he he

        • josephf says:

          @johnny lin

          Nothing changes, “icon” interchanged with “emeritus”. there you go again johnny boy. do you really really know what you were saying in english or your trying to look intellectual cuz you are cpemr’s according to victin luz. is forum a pissing contest johnny?

          • Johnny Lin says:

            Josephf

            Keep being a red neck, Filipino talk is beyond your intelligence.

            Besides you do not know the personalities we were referring to as icon or emeritus. Even your Filipino friend probably does not know the names we are talking about.

            Have you heard the story of the schoolboy who wanted to be grown up? Punchline is in Tagalog, useless to translate to a doofus anyway, waste of time.

            Thanks for being a fan. Keep reading, after a while you will catch up on Filipino lingo

            He he he

      • josephf says:

        raissa can you proved the dark side since you open it up.

  84. grace mary a. tan says:

    our govt have to do something to stop this practice

    • raissa says:

      And netizens too.

    • leona says:

      I wrote to give a blog here @grace…can’t find it! Otra vez…

      Maybe, the gov’t should include in its national budget some form of subsidy to all good standing bona fide journalists and news reporters like P5, 000.00/month under the SEC. 4 ART. III Freedom of Speech and Press Clause.

      Local gov’t may also make a counter-part subsiy same amount. All this without prejudice to whatever they earn or receive from their income whatever source, like employment.

      The are part and parcel of our democratic way of life. If Q.C. gov’t can require all house/home owners to pay additional P900+ to their real estate taxes every year for use of purpose of “informal settlers or squatters” why not for our journalists and news reporters? This will help them a lot. And lessen selling their souls to corrupt people.

      • I think Ms/Mr Leona is utterly wrong when he\she said this:

        @Arsenio…you really believe in your heart the dirty faced journalists will comment on what Raissa gave here? And “deny” that they are involved in corruptions? That revealing themselves obviously [ as many would interpret ]. No, those guys will not make comments here.

        I am still reading and cogitating. Plaza Miranda is for all kinds of people.
        MS. Raissa made it so.

        • leona says:

          @Alizarin…am curious you’re interested to know whether I am a “Ms” or a “Mr.” Or a “he/she” too? Does a suspicion reveal it from the way I blog here? How about you? hahaha! Using “Ali” for a start is “he/Mr.” At the end “zarin” is “Ms/she!” “Veridia” could be “she?” …just an unnecessary curiosity.

          To your point…that bad journalists will not make comments here…am utterly wrong. Possible…they will not, or they will also. We will know in due time, possibly. How many sun and moons before you end cogitating? hahaha.

          Tama ka. Plaza Miranda is for all kinds of people as MS. Raissa made it so. Thanks Raissa. All are welcome including strict constructionist of evidence proving to challenge blogged statements here to attach the proofs in support of lins-taks’ blogggings! To see the proofs here is to believe! This topic, a painful one as said by the author was never initially subjected to such proofs attached as others here were selectively asked to do so! But later, it seems they are now, starting to get that idea…prove it by attached facts like lin-taks’ comp receipts, etc.

          Watch out many out here whatever you say may need proofs…attach them please. If no attached proofs, do not blog that item. In Plaza Miranda I remember, I didn’t hear one shouting “PROOFS! We want proofs! Evidence!” But people enjoyed listening just the same. It was up to the wee hours of the moon and sun coming out [ you phrase ] and no evidence or proofs were made by any of the favorite speakers in that Plaza! If ever those speakers did mark evidence it would have bored the hearers like hearing: I respectfully mark this as Exh. A [ mark it says the Judge] Defense says “as Exh. 1, your Honor] Mark it says the Judge again. And the markings on both sides has already reached triple ZZZ and 256, respectively! Judge asks: What’s that document’s next marking? The clerk answers: triple KikiKi, your Honor. Mark it! One senator [ a lady] laughs very loudly! What’s that other exhibit? [Judge asks] Clerk: Exh. Giii, your Honor, as in Gut! Another loud laugh from the same senator!

          So, Alizarin, finish cogitating? The Plaza’s time is only 9 p.m., tagal pa! I hope you utterly enjoy this or my mea cupla for being boring. Thanks. Not leaving now.

          Lin-taks’ proofs be ready. hahaha.

          • josephf says:

            @leona

            you must be watchin a lot of tv during the impeachment. your word looks like been scripted. and nice words ” alizarin finish cogitating” . what about “alizarin start cogitating” i think thats the right way of using it in english. do even know the meaning of cogitating with out looking for its meaning in the dictionary or internet? and speak latin too “mea cupla” or you mean mea culpa. i think you should say it phillippine words. i had a filipino friend who can translate.

            one more thing avoid watching too much tv obviously thats where you got all this latin word and lingo in the court. bye now

  85. mera says:

    tama ms.raissa ngayon pa lang grabeh na yung mga sponsors kuno ng mga government officials sa mga radio..ang tanong kung san ba nila kinukuha ang pangbayad nila..sa taong bayan kaya?

    • leona says:

      @mera…givers or bribers to news reporters wants to be noveau rich via people’s money of course!

      • Victin Luz says:

        @mamleona ……are Politicians especially the Local’s allowed to own or maintain radio stations? Will it not be a conflict of interest on their part?

        • leona says:

          @Victin Luz…what’s wrong for a political dynastaur to own a radio station in town when the town is practically owned by the relic animal?

          Not only the town, the animal owns also the hired killers, the guns and bullets, the licensing radio agency, atbpa! Political dynastauring is ka dugtung sa news reporters also. The latter are mistresses or gigolos of the mister animal or madam animal, respectively.

          As I said in No. 5 above, in all professions it is a clash of the good vs the bad. Money tempts Money corrupts! The formats for corruption maybe different but the same money bills are used.

          Samples: a Doctor says to the animal accused “You are pretentiously sick. I will tell everybody you cannot stand any criminal investigations or trial! Go sit on a wheel chair!” Sick money is exchanged.

          a Lawyer tells the accused animal “I can handle your case. Follow what your Doctor says. I can delay the termination of the case. Buy the judge Buy the prosec Buy the witnesses What is the problem? None! In my occupation, we invent everything to something!” Attorney’s fee exchanged.

          a News Reporter says to the relic haring animal “I will write the best false incredible news praising you! Anong gusto mo, daily, weekly or monthly? ” The AtM machine starts clinking clinking CLANK! Tapos! Deposito na! Warik-warik fee exchange finished.

          So, what’s new? None. We can have all the bad practices in all professions and occupations prohibited by many laws but not much of it will diminished. It might even increase in all crescendos! As long as humans remain imperfect, the world lived will also have imperfections!

          God gave us humans only TEN to follow. We, the multitudes are folly to try making our thousands if not millions from it. Still, imperfections – the BAD, flourish.

          In the final or end of our journeys, it is our consciences with God that finally counts. Innocent or Guilty? Asks the JUDGE!

          What is your diagnosis Doctor? What is your reply Lawyer? And, what is your NEWS Mr. News Reporter?

          Common Answers: Fee….damn! My Lord God!

          Penalty for each of you: Doctor, you get infected in all contagious diseases. Lawyer you will continue to gasp arguing the impossibles, News reporter you will without let up continue to report NEWS without readers and hearers. All for Eternity!

          Call the next case!…hears a doctor, a lawyer and a news reporter’…names. …AGAIN? JUDGE calls for a short recess!

          • josephf says:

            @leona

            can you really prove what you are saying? you sound like johnny lin speaking as if an authority on this matter. advice to both of you dont take seriously whats being blog. you guys take it like a gospel.

            • Johnny Lin says:

              Tale of 5 monkeys:

              3 monkeys sitting on a bench. First monkey covers eyes, second covers ears, third monkey covers mouth.
              Why?

              Cause fourth monkey coming over covering his nose!

              Fifth monkey watching them from top of tree branch suddenly jumped while waving both hands sideways without catching the other branch. Fell on the ground flat dead.

              Lesson: know why one does not look, does not hear, does not talk about, cause it stinks.
              Bad is when you tell all of them not do it forgetting to watch your every step, in the end causing your own embarrassment.

              He he he

              • leona says:

                @johnny lin…dear brod, I congrat you…you to me…we’re authority on this matter! AY! SALAMAT! We’re the GOSPEL BROTHERS! pa. Read St. Jupak 8:45 on stop, look & listen or else start stinking…

              • josephf says:

                lesson johnny all your bloggings are hollow. at least they monkeys less intellectual than you bound to make mistakes and not showing off too. you say so many things but have really not answer all or any of my queries.

                your evading dawg

              • AUGUST C FERNANDO says:

                Another magnanimous GIFT lesson in English for our resident GOEBBELS: Learn how to differentiate and use the words YOUR and YOU’RE. Wrong users of these words belong to the illiterate specie of homo sapiens… you know, those critters who, when God distributed brains on Earth, were under the unfathomable Philippine Deep and hence at present do not have any. BRAINS, I mean. Lesson 2, English 101: YOUR is a possessive pronoun. YOU’RE is the contracted form of YOU ARE. Crystal? Class of One dismissed. Go home now. Take care on the way. Huwag tatabi sa trak gaya ng bilin ng Nanay mo, ha? Baka masagasaan ka! ;)

            • pinay710 says:

              @josephf, i told you these people you are bangging are CPmers FAMILY. FAMILY sometimes dont agree but stil FAMILY. DO YOU BELIEVE IN FAMILY? whether sorrugated or real family the same. YES they got authority cause they will not comment if not. try to read their previous comments. DONT ADVICE THEM they are more authoritative than you. they give proof in all their arguments. just read from start of raissa blog. from corona to the present. i assure you, you will be enlightened and learn from them. not just dispising them. trust me!!

              • leona says:

                @pinay…like you ordered ‘em DROP YOUR PANTS DOWN!…hahaha

              • josephf says:

                @pinay
                do you mean banging? hell fuck no, im not gonna bang johnny lin maybe you if your young.

                and pls your so called family are distorted if they can simply answer my simple queries. im not interested in corona trial. im interested about this so called journalism in your country’ i read johnny lin’s posting thats why im asking cause there are some point that need clarification. now why just not answer it instead of rhetoric and names calling. all of you almost called me everything but a white boy cuz i raised question so is arsenio reyes.

                @leona
                dawg you misunderstood the meaning of the word banging. i can tell but its nasty meaning. just asked any white guy over there but definitely not DROP YOUR PANTS DOWN HAHAHA LEARN FROM JOHNNY LIN HE IS GOOD IN ENGLISH BEEN HERE IN STATE

              • josephf says:

                @pinay
                one more thing about family. i totally understood what a family is however i would refused to be a member of a family you just mentioned. its a dysfaunctional family that self serving interest who repel any questions raised. this is not freedom that raissa is trying to advocate. your so called family is mockery of of the word family. its very suppressive. maybe you can tell your family members cpemr’s to look at themselves in the mirror and start thinking of what they are doing. and if nothing helps seek psychiatric help. i know its not nice what isaid sorry but truth hurts

              • raissa says:

                You said –

                this is not freedom that raissa is trying to advocate. your so called family is mockery of of the word family. its very suppressive. maybe you can tell your family members cpemr’s to look at themselves in the mirror and start thinking of what they are doing. and if nothing helps seek psychiatric help.

                Why do you bother to come here then?

              • AUGUST C FERNANDO says:

                From our resident GOEBBELS: QUOTE… “maybe you can tell your family members cpemr’s to look at themselves in the mirror and start thinking of what they are doing. and if nothing helps seek psychiatric help..” UNQUOTE…. Well, I am a “family member” here and am proud of it. Goebbels, I will “seek psychiatric help” per your advice.. Only and only after YOU have seen your VETERINARIAN. Deal? [Scan and publish the Vet's receipt here, ok? Baka magpalusot ka lang eh! Hahaha!]

              • AUGUST C FERNANDO says:

                From RAISSA above: QUOTE “Why do you bother to come here then?” UNQUOTE.

                Edited by ACF to one word… for clarity and PUNCH: “TSUPIIII!!” ;)

          • josephf says:

            @leona

            your GOD only gave you 10 commandments to follow and YOUR THE NUMBER ONE VIOLATOR RIGHT HGERE RIGHT NOW “thou shall not take your god’s name in vain” ……fucking christ do you really fear your god that your making a mockery of him Common Answers: Fee….damn! My Lord God!

            amen st. josephf

  86. mera says:

    especially some local media are corrupt..tsk,tsk,tsk,….

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