STUDENTS’ FILE VOL. 1


STUDENTS’ FILE, Vol. 1, October 2006- March 2007, most recent to oldest 

  1. weisa orejola |ethical violation in entertainment journalism
    By Weisa Orejola – Student ten
    5th blog entry

One of the basic rules of journalism is to get the facts right. However, simple as this rule may be, many journalists still fail to follow it. One of them is Lhars Santiago, a showbiz reporter for GMA 7’s 24 Oras. His reports air under the segment Chika Minute of the said news program.On March 6, 2006, Santiago reported wrong information about 2007 Binibining Pilipinas Universe winner Anna Theresa Licaros. The former said that the latter is a graduate of the course “Mass Communications” in UP Diliman. Certainly, Santiago is wrong as “Mass Communications” is not a course but a college in the said university. Licaros is actually a Broadcast Communications graduate. Being an entertainment journalist does not mean that Santiago can get away with giving the public false information. Even in his field, accuracy is very important. His sin may have been simple but still, he should be held responsible. If minor mistakes like that are reprimanded, then we could expect that the more serious ones won’t be ignored too.Mar 19, 8:59 AM — [ Edit | Delete | Unapprove | Approve | Spam ] — Conrad S.C. Lacsina illustrates conflict of interest in Philippine Star covering Mayor Sonny Belmonte with six examples of news stories

  1. Kaye Mendoza

Single sourcing PSN
by Kaye Mendoza
Student 9
5th blog entry 5th blog entry 5th blog entry
The article below appeared as banner headline of Pilipino Star Ngayon last March 7, 2007. It did not present balance information. The public were given information coming only from one side, which is the government. The article was about Anti-Terror Law in Arroyo’s government’s perspective. In this article, readers learned what the Anti-Terror Law is in its positive side. What about the opposing side? What have the opposing side got to say now that the controversial bill is now a law? When this law was only a bill, it had drawn a lot of critics questioning its nature. The reporter could have taken their side so that the readers were exposed to two perspectives of the issue. ‘Terorista Lagot Kayo’ Anti-terror batas naNilagdaan na kahapon ni Pangulong Arroyo ang Republic Act 9372 o Human Security Act of 2007 na pinaniniwalaang magiging daan upang masugpo ang mga terorista sa bansa.Apatnapung taong pagkabilanggo ang naghihintay na parusa sa mga taong mapapatunayang nagkasala sa ilalim ng RA 9372.Papayagan na sa ilalim ng nabanggit na batas ang wire-tapping o paniniktik sa pamamagitan ng electronic at iba pang surveillance equipment, subalit kailangang kumuha ng written order sa korte ang sinumang pulis o law enforcement official na magsasagawa nito.Pero ipagbabawal ang surveillance, interception at recording ng pag-uusap sa pagitan ng abogado at kliyente nito, doctors at pasyente at journalists at kanilang mga sources at confidential business correspondence.Sa kanyang mensahe, sinabi ni Pangulong Arroyo na walang dapat ikabahala ang mga Pilipino dahil ang mga bombers at hindi ang mga nagpoprotesta sa lansangan ang target na nasabing batas.“Law abiding Filipinos have nothing to fear in this law for it is a weapon that shall be wielded against bombers and not protesters,” ani Arroyo.Naniniwala si Arroyo na magiging epektibong panlaban sa mga terorista ang RA 9372 at magiging daan ito upang gumanda amg ekonomiya ng bansa.Sa isang panayam, sinabi naman ni House Speaker Jose de Venecia na maituturing pa ring mabisang panlaban sa mga terorista ang anti-terror law bagaman at sinasabi ng ilan na humina ang nasabing batas dahil ang nasunod ay ang bersiyon ng Senado.Ituturing na terorismo ang mga sumusunod na krimen: piracy at mutiny sa karagatang sakop ng Pilipinas; rebeliion o insureksyon; coup de’etat (kabilang ang mga ilulunsad ng pribadong indibidwal); murder; kidnapping at srious illegal detention; arson; paglabag sa Toxic Substance and Hazardous and Nuclear Waste Control Act of 1990; Atomic Energy Regulation and Liability Act of 1968; Anti-Hijacking Law; Anti-Piracy Law and Anti-Highway Robbery Law of 1974; at illegal and unlawful possession, manufacture, dealing in, acquisition or disposition of firearms, ammunition or explosives.Mar 19, 8:12 AM — [ Edit | Delete | Unapprove | Approve | Spam ] — Conrad S.C. Lacsina illustrates conflict of interest in Philippine Star covering Mayor Sonny Belmonte with six examples of news stories

  1. Kaye Mendoza |

Insensitive
by Kaye Mendoza
4th blog entry 4th blog entry 4th blog entry
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The news article below appeared today, March 19, 2007, on Pilipino Star Ngayon, a tabloid newspaper. The lack of the reporter’s sensitivity is apparent in this news story. Its headline suggests that the victim is a girl, who has mental illness. And by being sexually assaulted, she was degraded even more.It implies that by having mental disorder, the child was already in a pitiful situation and she became more pitiful when she was raped. It wanted to catch the reader’s sympathy at the expense of the child. The article also revealed where the victim lives, I quote, “pinasok ng suspek ang biktima sa bahay nito sa Barangay San Agustin”. Information like this, especially if it involves a woman or a child, must not be revealed.Retarded na, ni-‘rape’ paKinalaboso ng pulisya ang isang pedicab na umano’y gumahasa sa isang 12-anyos na dalagita na may kakulangan sa pag-iisip kamakalawa sa Malabon City.Nahaharap sa kasong rape at child abuse ang suspek na si Cesar Bangayan, 39, ng Barangay San Agustin na naturang lungsod. Lumitaw sa pagsusuri ng mga doctor na positibong hinalay ang biktimang itinago sa alyas na Letlet. Sa imbestigasyon ng pulisya, pinasok ng suspek ang biktima sa bahay nito sa Barangay San Agustin habang nag-iisa ito doon bago pinatungan at gahasain ang dalagita. Isang pinsang menor-de-edad na bata ang nakakita sa pangyayari at nagsumbong sa ina.Mar 19, 8:11 AM — [ Edit | Delete | Unapprove

  1. Inquirer’s single sourcing
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    by April Burcer(5th entry)

In this article, the Inquirer committed single sourcing. The story’s source was only Neri Colminares, Satur Ocampo’s lawyer. The article entitled “Ocampo lawyer fears militarization around Leyte court” by Nonoy Espina of Inquirer.net is about an interview with Colminares about the detention of Satur Ocampo. since this is a very heavy issue, the writer could have sought the other side, which could be the judge the the Leyte Regional Trial Court. in this article, Ocampo’s lawyer expresses his fear that the military atmosphere of Leyte might affect the judgement of the court on Ocampo’s case. Presenting the other side of the story gives more credibility and fairness to the article. single sourcing is not good because it gives only one side and the other side involved was not given a chance to explain. this article is political and nature and it is always safe to get the explanation of the other party in these cases.Mar 19, 2:10 AM — [ Edit | Delete | Unapprove | Approve | Spam ] — Conrad S.C. Lacsina illustrates conflict of interest in Philippine Star covering Mayor Sonny Belmonte with six examples of news stories

  1. april burcer |

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Jessica Soho’s sensationalism
by April Burcer
(4th blog entry)
On one episode of Jessica Soho’s Sunday program, the show’s only story was how Soho tracked down where her grandfather came from. It was Chinese New Year episode but all they showed was Soho explaining about her Chinese origins and how she cried when they got to the place where her grandfather once lived and met their Chinese relatives.
The episode does not have any social relevance whatsoever, except to showcase Soho’s Chinese origin. It barely talked about the Chinese culture, which could have been discussed deeply because they went to China and saw their communities. Instead, the episode consisted only of the host’s blabbering about her family.
The episode sensationalized the story of the host’s origin and did not discuss the issues related to the Chinese community. They could have related the story on any social issue to give it more meat instead of focusing on Jessica Soho’s crying and hugging with the relatives.
Mar 19, 1:42 AM — [ Edit | Delete | Unapprove | Approve | Spam ] — Opinion of Student 9 on a TV Patrol news story (ABS-CBN)

  1. Greta Trazo |

by student number 18
04-08330
DZBBone Friday morning, last March 16, 2007, a DZBB commentator ( i wasn’t able to get the name and the program name as i heard it in passing) was advertising a product in a “Newscasting” way, complete with the baritone voice and tone as if reporting a crime story.Quote : ” Subukan po natin ang Circulan Forte dahil po napakagaling nito, napakaepiktbo at napakabuti po para sa ating katawan. talaga naman pong napakagaling ng produktong ito.”I waited for him to announce that it was a paid advertisement, but he didn’t and went on and broadcasted a more serious story. the problem here is that, with his “newscast-like” advertising of the product, the listeners perceive the advertisement as news. with the words he used, and the placement of the advertisement (in between news) misleads people into thinking that it is also news, as newscasters have some credibility in them.This violates the first provision in the Journalist’s code of ethics which is against imnproper emphasis and ommission. Here, he ommited the part saying this was just an advertisement.Mar 19, 1:42 AM — [ Edit | Delete | Unapprove | Approve | Spam ] — Conrad S.C. Lacsina illustrates conflict of interest in Philippine Star covering Mayor Sonny Belmonte with six examples of news stories

  1. april burcer |

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24 ORAS does not label videos
by April Burcer
(3rd blog entry)
This news program from GMA Channel 7 has violated the ethical rule on labeling videos and other data. On Thursday’s episode, there were more than three videos which were not labeled. It does not say whether the video was a file video nor does it indicate the date and time the video was taken. This is crucial for the viewer because the audience puts the story, especially the video into context. Not labeling the video misleads the audience.
On that episode, only live footages were labeled and the others were not. One example was the footage of a place where a crime happened. Although it may seem insignificant because the reporter was already describing what happened, it still needs to be labeled.
I have noticed that this has been a constant violation not just in GMA 7 but also in other stations. I don’t know if it’s just a case of the editor’s neglect or simple disregard of the importance of labeling their data.
Mar 19, 1:40 AM — [ Edit | Delete | Unapprove | Approve | Spam ] — Opinion of Student 9 on a TV Patrol news story (ABS-CBN)

  1. april burcer |

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Imbestigador episode’s violations
by April Burcer
(2nd blog entry)
This Saturday’s issue of Imbestigador shows consistent ethical violations during the one-hour program.
One violation is press vigilantism. Mike Enriquez and his team were very much involved in the case of the people they are making stories on, which should not be in the first place. They encourage people to report their complaints to imbestigador, which does not have any military power. It’s supposed to be a program who reports crimes and cases, not the other way around. It compares well with the Tulfo shows, and they are basically the same. They should encourage people to go to the legitimate institution who has the authority to handle the matter, instead of coming to them. Because once the victims come to them, they become subject to another exploitation. This time by the media. Although Imbestigador do help the complainants, it can be noted that the victims are subjected first to media exploitation.
Another violation of the show concerns their data. The videos that they use are not labeled. They should indicate what time, what location and what are the circumstances of the video. In all of their cases in this episode, there were no labels on the video. This is misleading because the audience cannot contextualize what is happening in the video file.
The press’ duty is only to report facts, truthfully. Anything he does beyond that is questionable.
Mar 19, 1:39 AM — [ Edit | Delete | Unapprove | Approve | Spam ] — Opinion of Student 9 on a TV Patrol news story (ABS-CBN)

  1. Greta Trazo |

by Student number 18
04-08330
CHILDREN in TV WARSThe GMA v. ABS CBN network war have not only included newscasts, singers and performers, ‘mature’ actors, but also children.In an episode of ABS CBN’s children’s gag show, “Going Bulilit” last March 11, 2007, one of the comedy segments went like this:Two children were talking about a fictional character, Lola Basyang, who was reading stories with morals to children.
CHILD A: “Mga Kwento ni Lola Basyang?”
CHILD B: “oo yun, eh, uso pa ba yon?”
At first this may seem as an honest joke to history. But one must take into consideration that the corresponding show being aired at GMA 7 at the same time as Going Bulilit is “Mga Kwento ni Lola Basyang” starring Manilyn Reynes and a certain “Paul” who i a product of a talent search.What is wrong here? Children are being used to fight with other children. Why is it wrong?In my opinion, it would be okay, but not morally correct for mature or of ageactors to air their opinions about other stations, but for children it is grave sin. First, it would be instilling in them the wrong values and unhealthy competition, and second, they are taught in their young minds that they and their programs role and goal is to get high ratings. it is also instilled in them that the role of TV is just to entertain and to be critical (as Going Bulilit is considered as reeking with political messages) and disregard that it is also their role to inform, and inspire. and that they are being role models to other young children.Mar 19, 1:26 AM — [ Edit | Delete | Unapprove | Approve | Spam ] — Conrad S.C. Lacsina illustrates conflict of interest in Philippine Star covering Mayor Sonny Belmonte with six examples of news stories

  1. martha teodoro

Another Survey Before Elections
by Martha Teodoro
Student 13
2nd blog entry
On March 7, 2007, ABSCBN channel 2’s evening news program, Bandila reported on a Social Weather Station (SWS) survey to find out the public sentiment on the coming senatorial elections. The survey was conducted from February 24 to 27, 2007. Poll result included candidates who are most likely to win.Also mentioned in the report, SWS is a non-partisan polling organization whose annual projects include surveys and of which this year is regarding the election.Unlike any usual report, credit is being given to this one for having mentioned the dates when the poll was done, sponsor and purpose of the survey. However, it is still not complete. The report forgot to include still relevant pieces of information that would make the survey clearer, such as details on the sampling size, profile and design, margin of error and question wording and error.At the same time, surveys before elections have been connoted as shady since it has the capability to sway the audience to vote for a certain candidate to join the bandwagon.Mar 19, 12:48 AM — [ Edit | Delete | Unapprove | Approve | Spam ] — vodpodcast

  1. martha teodoro |

Survey Before Elections
by Martha Teodoro
Student 13
On the morning of March 2, 2007, ABSCBN channel 2’s Patrol Express aired a report on a Pulse Asia survey regarding the possible contention for the position of governor between two Rectos, namely Vilma Santos- Recto, current mayor of Lipa City, Batangas and wife of Sen. Ralph Recto, and Richard Recto, current vice-governor of Batangas and brother of Sen. Recto.After statistics were given, of which a bigger percentage of the response group showed likely support for the actress mayor, these numbers were further interpreted by Sen. Recto himself as he said repeatedly in the said interview, “Galit na ang mga Batangueño kay Ricky.”Aside from the statistics, nothing else was given to provide the audience enough information of the survey such as who the sponsor is, purpose of the study, sampling profile, size and design, method of interviewing, margin of error and the question wording and order. Instead of focusing on the survey itself, the report lingered much on the family conflict that could be implied by this survey. With Sen. Recto as the key point interview, his statements were given as though he has the expertise to interpret such data.No report on the said survey can be found on the Pulse Asia website.Mar 19, 12:47 AM — [ Edit | Delete | Unapprove | Approve | Spam ] — vodpodcast

  1. jan gopeng |

by Student No. 4
04-62930
ONLY in the PHILIPPINESYesterday’s issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer contains in its frontpage a picture (almost perfect) photo of President Arroyo carrying the son of PDI president Sandy Prieto-Romualdez and her husband Phillip.what’s wrong in the picture? I find it unethical for a president of a major broadsheet critical of the government to share a frontpage “worthy” photo with the president of the government her newspaper is critical about. Apparently, PGMA is a guest in the christening of Sandy’s son.The journalist’s code of ethics clearly states that influences from “presents, gifts, or other consideration of a nature which may cast doubt” on professional integrity should be avoided. Prieto-Romualdez, being a person who stands for/represents PDI because of the position she holds, should know better than inviting politicians to a ‘personal’ party.Mar 18, 5:29 PM — [ Edit | Delete | Unapprove | Approve | Spam ] — Conrad S.C. Lacsina illustrates conflict of interest in Philippine Star covering Mayor Sonny Belmonte with six examples of news stories

  1. Student 5 |

Ms Arroyo was special guest at baptism of PDI President’s son
By Jessica Hermosa, Student 5 Student 5 Student 5
5th blog entry 5th blog entry 5th blog entry 5th blog entry
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The Philippine Daily Inquirer published a front page photo of Inquirer President Sandy Prieto-Romualdez holding her baby son with President Arroyo last March 18, 2007. The caption of the photograph says that President Arroyo was the special guest at the christening of the son of the Inquirer president. This could have been an effort by PDI to disclose to their readers their affiliation with President Arroyo. However, this does not make it any less of an ethical concern.See photo of March 18, 2007 PDI front page:
http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a378/jessica_d_hermosa/pdi_mar18_2007.jpg
The expanded code of professional and ethical conduct of the Philippine Press Institute states that “individual journalists (publishers, editors, desk persons […]) must weigh their obligations against the impact of […] acceptance of favors or preferential treatment […] and friendships”. It also states that “[…] interests that could conflict with a staff member’s ability to report the news, or would create the impression of such a conflict must be avoided”.By inviting President Arroyo to be a special guest at her son’s baptism, Prieto-Romualdez has effectively cast doubt on PDI’s credibility. This is unfortunate especially after PDI worked hard to retain a reputation for being critical of various administrations over the years. Interestingly, the photo appeared under the banner line which read “’Lets focus on plus points’. Ms Arroyo also says Pinoy can’t be beat in productivity”. The banner line and the preceding article look suspiciously too favorable for President Arroyo, and exacerbates the effect of the baptism photograph.It has to be conceded that journalists and media men cannot be isolated from personal affiliations. However, this writer finds that inviting President Arroyo for the baptism created an affiliation that was unnecessary and avoidable. Although PDI disclosed their president’s affiliation with President Arroyo, it still does not absolve them from the consequence—PDI will now have to grapple with a now sullied reputation. (The writer of this blog entry would like to disclose a possible source of conflict on interest: her tuition is paid by PDI and she will be an intern there this summer.)Mar 18, 3:03 PM — [ Edit | Delete | Unapprove | Approve | Spam ] — Conrad S.C. Lacsina illustrates conflict of interest in Philippine Star covering Mayor Sonny Belmonte with six examples of news stories

  1. dianne rosario |

Philippine Star cartoon, article: insensitive to MuslimsBy Dianne Rosario
(5th blog entry) Student 11 Student 11 Student 11
(Unedited by blog administrator)
On February 27, 2007, The Philippine Star published an article entitled “Out of breath but good for six wives” in its front page. The article was accompanied by a cartoon.Please follow this link to view the article and the cartoon:http://www.philstar.com/philstar/show_content.asp?article=304111The article was mainly about the health of Jamalul Kiram, a senatorial candidate from the Team Unity, and his ability to withstand the campaign activities of the party.However, instead of reporting thoroughly on Kiram’s health and physical condition, the article over-emphasized the issue of Kiram having more than one wife.Although the article says “Kiram boasted to reporters that his physical prowess enables him to have six wives,” it is, however, inappropriate to highlight this since it shows insensitivity to Muslims who are allowed by their religion to have four wives.Moreover, the complementary cartoon, although intended to be satirical, misled the public by suggesting that Kiram has more than one wife.In the article, it was clearly stated that Kiram only has one wife. However, the thought balloon of the cartoon shows Kiram saying, “I’m okay!! I just miss my wives.” Likewise, the cartoon over-emphasized on Kiram’s being a Muslim, and his ability to have more than one wife, as allowed in Islam.Clearly, the article and the cartoon imply an indirect attack on the practice of Muslims to have more than one wife. This is in violation of the PPI Code of Ethics, which states that “We shall avoid at all times language, photographs, visuals and graphics that are racist, sexist, insensitive and disrespectful of men, women, children, the religious denominations, cultural communities, and gender and political preferences.”The author of the article and the cartoonist explicitly shows insensitivity to Kiram and other Muslims like him. What they did was simply unethical.Mar 18, 2:59 PM — [ Edit | Delete | Unapprove | Approve | Spam ] — Conrad S.C. Lacsina illustrates conflict of interest in Philippine Star covering Mayor Sonny Belmonte with six examples of news stories

  1. dianne rosario |

When Cory news is no longer relevantBy Dianne Rosario
(4th blog entry) Student 11 Student 11 Student 11
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During the hype of the Kris-James-Hope controversy, The Philippine Star published in its front page an article entitled “Cory turns to prayer power for Kris, James” (please read article below). The article, published March 1, 2007, was one of the articles the newspaper ran on the Kris-James-Hope affair.The article recounted the events that happened to Cory, which the former president was able to survive by turning to prayer. The article plainly talks about how Cory handles hard times in her life. That is all. The article was more of a biography the former president rather than a news story. It is entertainment and not news.Clearly, The Philippine Star does not keep in mind its responsibility to the public.The article does not only exhibit bad taste for news, but it also contradicts the responsibility of the media to the public, that is, to report on issues that matter and issues that justify public interest. Media is expected above all to report on issues that are relevant to the public over issues that will merely generate profit.The article:Cory turns to prayer power for Kris, JamesFor former President Corazon Aquino, there is no pain that cannot be eased by prayer.As her youngest daughter Kris goes through another trial in her life, Mrs. Aquino is turning anew to prayer power.“I continue to pray for Kris and James and their baby and I would like to ask our friends and relatives to do likewise,” the 74-year-old former president told The Star.She prays nine rosaries daily and hears Mass almost every day.Mrs. Aquino has endured the seven-year imprisonment of her husband, former Sen. Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino, his hunger strike and assassination, and each time this devout Catholic turned to prayer. When Kris was four, Mrs. Aquino almost lost her when two dogs lunged at her thigh, missing her femoral artery by a hairline. Kris bled so profusely then Cory had to wrap her legs in beach towels to stanch the flow of blood.Mrs. Aquino said in a previous interview with The Star that there was one incident, which took place as her husband was recovering from hunger strike, which almost shook her faith.At the time, she asked a theologian, “What wrong have I done to deserve this? I don’t really know what else I have to do. What wrong did I do to deserve all of this? I don’t think I’ll be able to take anymore. Father, tell me what you think I should do in order to make up for whatever wrongs I had done before.”She recounted that the priest told her, “No, no, it’s not about something that you’ve done. Just pray. You’re doing the best that you can and do not blame yourself too much.”Recalling how she made it through Ninoy’s imprisonment, she said, “You know, when you go through a really difficult time and you think, I hope this would be the end or I need some breathing space, God allows you to have even just a week of peace and then you’re able to bear your suffering again.”“More than anything, I am convinced that God would never send us something that we could not tackle.” –Joanne Rae RamirezMar 18, 2:21 PM — [ Edit | Delete | Unapprove | Approve | Spam ] — Conrad S.C. Lacsina illustrates conflict of interest in Philippine Star covering Mayor Sonny Belmonte with six examples of news stories

  1. annelle tayao |

More single-sourcing in the Inquirerby Annelle Tayao
Student 17
4th blog entry
unedited by blog administrator
An article in Inquirer.net entitled “Esperon admits tropps in Metro part of anti-inurgency plan” has committed an ethica violation of single-sourcing. The article contains statements only from the military, and none from any of the leftist groups such as NPA that were repeatedly mentioned in the article.The article would’ve been more substantial if statements from the NPA were also included; it would’ve also been a more rounded account of the whole issue.Click here to view the article.Mar 18, 12:03 PM — [ Edit | Delete | Unapprove | Approve | Spam ] — vodpodcast

  1. dianne rosario |

Inquirer violates code of ethicsBy Dianne Rosario
(3rd blog entry) Student 11 Student 11 Student 11
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In an article published in the Philippine Daily Inquirer on February 26, 2007, reporter Russell Arador wrote about the alleged abduction of Sam Clemente by the military and Clemente’s family’s appeal to the US (please read article below).In paragraph four of the article, the reported wrote that “the Clemente family suspected the military was involved in the abduction.” Here, it was clear that the military’s involvement in the case is just an allegation.However, in the first three paragraphs of the article, Arador wrote on how Clemente was allegedly abducted. He wrote it without identifying the source of the information and without using the word “allegedly,” making the story as if Arador was there during the abduction.Arador should have clearly identified his source of the information. He should also take caution in writing stories such as this, where the case is still under police investigation. This is so that readers may well be informed and not be misled. Abducted ex-detainee’s kin seek US helpTARLAC CITY—Relatives of a former martial law detainee, who was abducted by three gunmen here on Feb. 6, have sought the assistance of the United States government in locating him.Sam Clemente, 54, was driving his motorcycle near the gate of the Capitol Gardens Subdivision here when his path was blocked by a green Mistubishi L300 van.The three men alighted from the van, poked a gun at his side, handcuffed him and forced him into their vehicle. One of them drove away using Clemente’s motorcycle.The Clemente family suspected the military was involved in the abduction because for his political past.But the military’s Northern Luzon Command, which is based at Camp Servillano Aquino here, said “the military has no policy of abducting former or active political activists.”“We are not into that kind of activities,” said Maj. Ferdinand Razalan, Nolcom spokesperson.Filipino-American Godard Clemente Gozum, Clemente’s 24-year-old nephew, appealed to US Ambassador to the Philippines Kristie Kenney to “help locate my uncle.”Gozum, a US Navy reservist now on vacation in the Philippines, said his family has “reasons to believe that the Philippine military is behind the abduction.”He also sought an appointment with the American ambassador.Senior Supt. Nicanor Bartolome, Tarlac police director, has formed a task force to investigate Clemente’s abduction.Clemente, a political science graduate of Far Eastern University, has two children.In 1972, when the late strongman Ferdinand Marcos declared martial law, Clemente was arrested with thousands of political activists and Marcos critics. He was detained in Baguio City for three months and later transferred to Camp Olivas in Pampanga. He was released in December that year.Russell Arador, Inquirer, Central LuzonMar 18, 11:13 AM — [ Edit | Delete | Unapprove | Approve | Spam ] — Conrad S.C. Lacsina illustrates conflict of interest in Philippine Star covering Mayor Sonny Belmonte with six examples of news stories

  1. annelle tayao |

PR presented as news in The Philippine Starby Annelle Tayao
Student 17
3rd blog entry
unedited by blog administrator
The Philippine Star published today an article under the ‘Nation’ section about a career expo at Cebu. Granted that it is a newsworthy event, it still came out as a press release. It only had a single source, and in the fifth paragrah where the sponsors are mentioned, the Philippine Star is presented as a partner of the event, with its name in bold interface. That obviously is an indication of why Star put the article in together with other news; it should have been put under the ‘People/Events’ section.

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