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  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.Here is the article taken from The Philippine Star, under Nation, March 18, 2007 (again, i’m sorry, i experienced some problems in uploading the article’s scanned image) :Quote”Career Expo returns to Cebu”Quote “Career Expo, a pioneering series of career fairs organized by JobStreet.com, will come to Activity Center of Ayala Center Cebu on March 30 to 31. Career Expo provides thousands of job opportunities from top companies to jobseekers in Cebu and nearby locations in the Visayas. “We have long recognized the region’s potential for addressing the manpower needs of an increasingly global business environment,” said Grace Colet, JobStreet.com country manager. “Our yearly Career Expos in Cebu are a testament to our confidence in the quality of the workforce and our commitment to helping the region develop a robust economy.” This year, local jobseekers can look forward to new and exciting vacancies from participating companies like People Support, Teletech, Convergys, Accenture, ePerformax, Philip Morris, Emerson, Xlibris, Kraft Foods Philippines, Inc., HSBC, Healthy Options, Asian Commission, Celestica Philippines, Inc. and many more. Other partners include The Philippine STAR, Summit Media, People Management Association of the Philippines (PMAP), Thinking Cap Inc., Ayala Center Cebu, Ng Khai Development Corp., C2 Green Tea and Nature’s Harvest. The event also features career-enhancing learning sessions facilitated by JobStreet.com’s in-house consultants and partner career experts.” end of quoteMar 18, 10:59 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. 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.Here is a copy of the article taken from The Philippine Star, March 18, 2007 (i made a mistake in the first copy of this entry, sorry):Mar 18, 10:47 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.Here is a copy of the article taken from The Philippine Star, March 18, 2007:Career Expo returns to CebuMar 18, 10:40 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. Conrad S.C. Lacsina |

Conrad S.C. Lacsina
5th blog entry
Unedited by blog administrator
The Manila Standard Today had a story on the killing of a prominent businessman’s son. The newspaper sensationalized the story by going beyond the news, which is the incident of the victim’s killing, and unnecessarily stepping into the domestic life of the victim. The latter part of the news story detailed the victim’s separation from his ex-wife with whom he has two daughters, his inability to pay for the college tuition of his daughters, and even the Supreme Court ruling on a case filed by his ex-wife demanding financial support for the daughters from the victim’s family. The name of his ex-wife was disclosed and so are the names of his daughters. The report even took pains to mention the name of the justice who penned the decision and quoted part of the decision. All of these are unnecessary and might even bring harm to daughters of the victim. Earlier, it was also mentioned that the victim was with his 20-year-old girlfriend when he was killed.Here is the story:Manila Standard Today
Tuesday, March 13, 2007
Delgado slay a puzzler for police
“MYSTERY continues to shroud the violent death of the 51-year-old son of a prominent businessman in Malate, Manila, Saturday night as police admitted they still had no suspects in the case.
“Chief Insp. Alejandro Yanquiling, head of the Manila police homicide section, said authorities had no hard evidence to point to any other motive other than robbery in the killing of Federico Delgado, son of Don Francisco “Paco” Delgado, at the Mayflower Building on Leon Guinto and Estrada.
“The younger Delgado was stabbed to death inside the building by two hooded men after the victim and his 20-year-old girlfriend of two months, Analiza Tesico, got there before midnight on Saturday.
“Earlier, investigators said they were looking into the possible involvement of an older brother of the victim, Francisco III, in the killing after they found the word “Franco” written in blood on a wall at the crime scene.
“Francisco III, also a rich businessman, is equally known by that nickname.
‘ “Our analysis is that it was not written by the victim because his body was too far from the wall. One of the suspects might have done that to mislead investigators,” Yanquiling said.
“Yesterday, lawyers Rene Puno and Gabriel Enriquez from the Manalo, Puno, Jocson and Guerzon law firm, representing Francisco III, went to police headquarters to say that their client was willing to appear during the investigation of the case. They said their client could not appear personally because he was in Zambales province.
“Meanwhile, the victim’s girlfriend and the only witness in the case, Tesico, a resident of Bulacan province, had been sent home by investigators.
“The body of the victim is now at the Santuario de San Antonio church in Forbes Park in Makati City.
“The Delgado family controls Citadel Holdings, which has interests in shipping, manning, brokerage, cargo handling, aviation support, telecommunications, real estate and gasoline stations. They are also said to own the Mayflower building, located between St. Scholastica’s College and De La Salle University, where the crime took place and where Federico had lived.
“Investigators quoting the victim’s girlfriend said Federico picked up Tesico at 10 p.m. Saturday night after which they proceeded to the Mayflower building.
“Once they were inside, two men wearing black jackets, hoods and gloves reportedly attacked them.
“When she started screaming for help, Tesico recounted, the suspects hit her and covered her face with a towel before repeatedly stabbing Federico. They then forced open a vault in the victim’s bedroom and took away an undetermined amount of valuables before fleeing. (BLOGGER’S NOTE: How did she know that Federico was being stabbed if her face was covered with a towel?)
“The victim belonged to a wealthy family, but he had earlier testified in court that he did not even have enough money to pay for the college education of his twin daughters, Rebecca Angela and Regina Isabel Delgado.
“Last year, the Supreme Court ruled on a case filed 12 years earlier by Ma. Belen Mangonon, Federico’s former wife, and ordered his family to pay for the education and support of Federico’s two daughters.
“The decision by Associate Justice Minita Chico Nazario quoted Federico’s testimony before a lower court, where he had said he was making only between P30,000 and P40,000, and that even the car he was driving was owned by Citadel, the family corporation. He also denied having fathered the twins, who were conceived months before his marriage to Mangonon was annulled.
‘ “There being prima facie evidence showing that petitioner [Mangonon] and respondent Federico are the parents of Rica and Rina, petitioner and respondent are primarily charged to support their children’s college education. But in view of their incapacities, the obligation to furnish said support should be borne by respondent Francisco… as the next immediate relative,” the court ruled.
by Jing Villamente”
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  1. Kristine Servando |

Halalan 2007 Coverage of Senatorial bets slanted on PDI Sunday issue
by Kristine Servando
Student 12
5th blog 5th blog 5th blog
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In its March 18 issue, PDI ran an article like “It’s Angara’s turn to gripe: Team Unity sked in disarray” by C y n t h i a B a l a n e which highlights the problems plaguing the Team Unity slate such as money problems and “‘logistical horrors’ in their campaign sorties.’ Anagara, the single source, is quoted as saying that whomever is planning their sorties didn’t know what he or she was doing. (quote, “did not pass a course in geography”) The impression given by this article is that their campaign is in complete disarray and pandemonium shall ensue. Meanwhile,no mention was made of what the GO candidates were up to, or what the Team Unity senatorial candidates themselves thought about the problems mentioned above. Another story in the same issue called “Surigao-raised Pichay returns to Ilocos roots” by F r a n k C i m a t u looked like a Press Release. The article featured Pichay’s visit to his hometown in San Julian, Ilocos sur. The reporter then quotes Pichay’s speech to ‘a crowd’ without saying how big that crowd was, where it was, or what was its reason for being. The next five paragraphs of the 8-paragraph article talks about Pichay’s father and his journey from Mindanao to Ilocos. As a reader, I ask myself, “so what?” The latter account of Prospero Pichay Sr. was irrelevant yet given improper emphasis. Worse, very little context was given.On both counts there was single-sourcing and imbalanced news coverage.Mar 18, 4:00 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. STUDENT TWO |

PhilStar reporter slants her articles Pro-Duterte
By Student TWO. Student TWO
FOURTH Entry. 4th Entry
(unedited by blog administrator)
Philippine Star Davao correspondent Edith Regalado had a single-sourced article under the Nation section of the said newspaper Mar. 13. The article was about Mayor Duterte’s Dial 911 Feeding Program for kids.The only source of the 8-paragraph article was Mayor Duterte. There were also two paragraphs alluding his conversation with schoolchildren about the said project. His TV program for the local ABS-CBN station was mentioned.It was like a PR article trying to improve the image of Duterte. His feeding project was like a ghost project because no beneficiary was interviewed. The whole article was one-sided. Duterte was quoted saying “you can eat anywhere and charge it to me. But only if you really have nothing and you are really hungry.”Furthermore, Edith Regalado seems to be very in favor of Duterte. This was not the only Duterte article which is one-sided. Regalado also had articles about Duterte’s revelation that a certain Maguindanao mayor had transported kilos of shabu to Davao. In this article entitled “Duterte names mayor tagged in ‘shabu ambulance delivery’”, it was not single-sourced but it was biased on Duterte’s side. The side of the named Maguindanao mayor was not taken.Regalado failed to air the other side of the story giving the article a slant in favor of Duterte.It also appeared that Duterte was very vigilant on issues like this and yet very cautios with disclosing the “intelligence reports”. If there were intelligence reports, the police was the better alternative for asking about this and not Duterte. Or Edith Regalado should confirm with the police if there were reports like those.Edith Regalado even did not mention any statement from the police. She consulted the inappropriate source which somewhat slanted the article, of course and again, in favor of Duterte. Regalado did not confirm with the police if there any intelligence report same as what Duterte claimed. And may mislead readers with low media literacy who may believe that Duterte’s intelligence reports are 100% true.PhilStar : March 12, 2007. page A-27. “When hungry, dial 911, Duterte tells Davao City kids”When hungry, dial 911, Duterte tells Davao City kids
By Edith Regalado
The Philippine Star 03/12/2007
DAVAO CITY – The number “911″ is for kids, too. Not only for emergency assistance, but also for free meals.Saying that he’s the “father of all the children in the city,” Mayor Rodrigo Duterte urged children, if they are hungry and don’t have money, especially in school, to just dial 911 and they would get free meals.Or the children, he said, can just approach any 911 police patrol car. “I’m instructing the police to bring the children to the nearest food centers, including Jollibee and McDonalds, and charge everything to me,” he said in his weekly TV show yesterday.“You can eat anywhere and charge it to me. But only if you really have nothing and you are really hungry,” he told a group of schoolchildren who joined him at the local ABS-CBN station for his TV program “Gikan sa Masa, Para sa Masa.”Davao City boasts of being the only Philippine city with a 911 emergency response system, similar to those in the United States and Canada.The city’s 911 system has a 24-hour call center and a fleet of fully equipped ambulances and firetrucks.The Davao Light and Power Co. has provided it with a database and tracking system to enable 911 personnel to immediately respond to any emergency.During his show, Duterte also discussed with the schoolchildren the city’s newly installed modern traffic signaling system, traffic rules and the penalties for violations.(from ABSCBN interactive website)
Duterte to identify mayor in shabu trade
By EDITH REGALADO
The Philippine Star
DAVAO CITY – Mayor Rodrigo Duterte has accepted the challenge of Maguindanao mayors for him to name the municipal mayor he earlier had alluded to as having allegedly sneaked in at least 3.5 kilos of shabu to this city.“I accept the challenge,” Duterte said, referring to the call of Parang, Maguindanao Mayor Abu Talib.Duterte, however, asked that he be given three to four days to consolidate the intelligence reports on the alleged illegal activities of the Maguindanao mayor.“I am asking for three to four days for me to ask permission from the intelligence community to divulge the information,” he said.Duterte’s earlier claim that a Maguindanao mayor had transported shabu to this city even using an ambulance, caused a stir among the local chief executives.The unnamed mayor reportedly had conspired with two local policemen, whose identities Duterte has also withheld.“It is now clear that there is a demand for me to identify the mayor,” said Duterte, adding that Talib’s challenge would make his work easier.He said Talib has given him the legal excuse to reveal the mayor’s identity.He, however, said he cannot divulge other information since this would affect the intelligence community.(from ABSCBN interactive website)
Duterte names mayor tagged in ‘shabu ambulance delivery’
By EDITH REGALADO
The Philippine Star
DAVAO CITY – Mayor Rodrigo Duterte Tuesday named Parang, Maguindanao Mayor Talib Abu as allegedly responsible for the transport of about 3.5 kilos of shabu to Davao City last month using an ambulance.In his testimony at the regular session of the Davao City Council, Duterte also said Abu was the head of a drug syndicate operating in Central and Southern Mindanao.“It is a vast network that includes his wife, Bai Abu,” he said.Ironically, it was Abu himself who challenged Duterte to name the Maguindanao mayor he alluded to in his earlier statement on the “shabu ambulance delivery.”Abu claimed it was unfair for the other mayors of the province of Maguindanao if their names would be dragged into the issue.Duterte stressed that he withheld the information on Abu at first because he did not want to compromise the investigation on the illegal activities of the mayor.Duterte said the information on Abu was also revealed by a certain Luis Francisco, who was killed last October 4 here in Davao City.Bai Abu, on the other hand, was the alleged distributor of shabu in Digos City and in Kidapawan City.Fransisco also reportedly named other members of the drug syndicate operating in Southern and Central Mindanao, including a certain ‘Ada’, Dong Sinsuat, Haji Kagilaw, Cas Hudasan, Manuel Siongco, a certain ‘Idris’, Napsia Daris, Diana Coronan, Leo Luna, Eduard Dumon, Ronnie Guilles, a certain Alex Lim, Michael Bacarias.Duterte said some of those in the list were either already dead, or arrested though some are still under surveillance.Sinsuat, a resident of Kabacan, North Cotabato, was reportedly himself a leader of a separate drug syndicate operating side by side with the Abu group.Meanwhile, PDEA Region XI chief Wilkins Villanueva also provided the members of the Davao City Council with a matrix of the drug distribution in Mindanao.Villanueva identified the port cities of Marawi, Iligan, Cagayan de Oro, Ozamis and Cotabato as the main sources of shabu in the island.The cities of General Santos and Davao were identified as areas where shabu could also be obtained but not in the same volume as that of the five cities at any given time.Duterte, however, cautioned that the matrix could easily change.Mar 17, 5:52 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

  • STUDENT NUMBER 6 |

Single-Sourcing in Manila Bulletin
by STUDENT NUMBER 6
UNEDITED BY BLOG ADMINISTRATOR
5TH BLOG ENTRY
Manila Bulletin published a story last March. 13in the Around the Nation portion of the National News section in the page 8 of the newspaper. The news article was entitled “TF Mapalad hits DAR Chief”.
(see http://www.mb.com.ph/archive_pages.php?url=http://www.mb.com.ph/issues/2007/03/13/MTNN2007031389355.html )
According to the article, Task Force Mapalad (specifically its president Jose Rodito Angeles) was criticizing Reform Secretary Nasser Pangandaman for not addressing the issues of the dispute over their installation of Hacienda Velez – Malaga in La Castellana, Negros Occidental.Angeles said that the protesting farmers in front of DAR are already in their 17th day of hunger strike and Pangandaman isn’t even negotiating with them.The article was clearly single-sourced. We all know that single sourcing is a no-no in news reporting, simply because we need to establish balance and air the sides of all parties involved in the story. In the article, Angeles was the only source. The news writer, Marvyn Benaning, should’ve aired the side of Pangandaman as well.Mar 17, 12:38 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

  • Reylee G. Melendres |

Reylee G. Melendres
Student 16
5th Blog Entry
(Unedited by Blog administrator)
ConnotationThe Manila Standard Today which was published on March 16, Friday, showed an ethical violation on its news article (p.A2) entitled:“Hawkish” officials criticizedThe title itself is quite problematic because it may connote various meanings which could mislead the public. Hawkish (quote, unquote) can be taken literally or figuratively. It has several meanings and it falls in this definition:
An advocate of all-out war or of measures in international affairs designed to provoke or escalate open hostilities (Webster NewWorld Dictionary, 642).
The article is about MILF separatists who accused some officials of trying to undermine those efforts on peace talks. This news article, which AFP was the source used the religious affiliation Muslim to label those separatists.Here is the actual first sentence:MUSLIM (All Caps) separatists yesterday accused “hawkish” officials of trying to sabotage peace talks.The Philippine Journalist’s Code of Ethics has its provision regarding the recognition of groups and affiliations. It is stated that:Journalists shall not, in any manner, ridicule, cast aspersions on, or degrade any person by reason of sex, creed, religious belief, political conviction, cultural and ethnic origin.By relating Muslim (which is a title for Islamic devotees) to separatists, rebels, and terrorists, this could result into negative connotation. This might also result into hasty generalization, labeling Muslims as rebels or terrorists.In the said article, the use of religious affiliation appeared thrice. The term Muslim is being attached to rebels in the Philippines (14th paragraph) and on the last paragraph wherein the phrase Islamic terrorist groups such as the Abu Sayyaf was being used in the sentence.***Mar 17, 10:50 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

  • Conrad S.C. Lacsina

Conrad S.C. Lacsina
4th blog entry
Unedited by blog administrator
The Philippine Press Institute acknowledged The Manila Times Editorial Guidelines as among the sources of its prescribed code of ethics that forbids unfair, inaccurate and single-sourced stories (III 1,2).
Yet, The Manila Times itself violated the above-cited provisions in its news story “Farmer-workers slam TFM lawyer Monsod” that appeared on Tuesday, March 13, 2007.
In it, the writers presented the side only of the Hacienda Malaga-Cuenca Multi-Purpose Cooperative and the Hacienda Malaga Independent Workers Union. The members of the two groups accused Christian Monsod, lawyer for Task Force Mapalad, of, among others, a “coward who would endanger the lives of TFM members for his own interest,” and “dishing out lies to national media.”
A statement was also alleged to be made by Monsod: “install first then we will talk.” However, there was no confirmation from Monsod whether or not he made that statement. The story did not even used “alleged” but relied solely on the account of a source from one side. This was the case in all the other acts the groups alleged to be committed by Monsod such as “put (ting) your people’s lives on the line,” “giving “false hopes,” and “let(ting) your people suffer.”
Monsod’s wife, Solita (Winnie), was also “slammed” by the groups. Espinosa, the spokesperson of the group (the news did not specify which of the two groups), accused Solita of violating media ethics. Her version of the story was also not cited in the news story.
Here is the unfair and single-sourced story from the Manila Times:
“Tuesday, March 13, 2007“Farmer-workers slam TFM lawyer Monsod
By Ma. Ester L. Espina, Correspondent “BACOLOD CITY: Constitutionalist Christian Monsod was challenged by members of the Hacienda Malaga-Cuenca Multi-Purpose Cooperative and the Hacienda Malaga Independent Workers Union to “stop making pawns” of farmer beneficiaries belonging to Task Force Mapalad who failed to have themselves installed in the hacienda at Brgy. Robles, La Castellana town, Negros Occidental. “In a press conference last Friday, management workers slammed Monsod who acts as legal counsel for the militant peasant organization to “see for yourself the situation in Negros before you put your people’s lives on the line,” Romulo Espinosa, spokesperson of the group said. “He added that they have so much respect for Monsod before “but now we have proven he is a coward who would endanger the lives of TFM members for his own interest.” Espinosa added that Monsod should come clean and stop giving “false hopes” to TFM beneficiaries and “reveal your real agenda.” ‘“He should visit the hacienda and witness how the propaganda of TFM has divided families and sow discontent among farmers,” he said, challenging Monsod to bring the fight in Negros Occidental and not hide and use his influence among national media. ‘“Why let your people suffer?” Espinosa queried, referring to the TFM members who are staging more than two weeks of hunger strike before the DAR national office in Quezon City. He dared Monsod to lead the hunger strike “instead of dishing out lies to national media.” “Union president Rodolfo Tupas, Sr. on the other hand said that they have extended an invitation through the Church to sit down with TFM farmer beneficiaries “so we can thresh out these issues, after all, many of us belong to the same families.” “The invitation extended through Fr. Rolex Nueva, Social Action Center of the Kabankalan Diocese which has jurisdiction over La Castellana was allegedly snubbed by Monsod. “Tupas said, Monsod told Nueva, “install first then we will talk.” (unconfirmed quotes)‘“We want to settle family disputes, we want to live in peace. How can he [Monsod] snub this,” Tupas said, adding that this alone makes the former Comelec chairman “suspect of pushing for his own interest.” “They also slammed Monsod’s wife, Solita, whom they have accused of violating media ethics. Espinosa recounted that a month ago, TV personality Solita Monsod sent a team from a national network to interview members of the management team for a CARP special coverage. ‘“We waited, hoping that finally our side will be heard by the Manila people. What we saw however, was biased towards TFM. And she used the network to advance hers and her husband’s interest,” Espinosa said smirking that this was contrary to the network’s tagline “we are for the truth.” “They also countered TFM’s challenge asking for the resignation of Agrarian Secretary Nasser Pangandaman for the latter’s failure to install 122 farmer beneficiaries, 102 of whom are identified with TFM last Thursday. ‘“Changing Pangandaman is not the answer. No matter how many officials you replace in DAR, the problem will still not be solved unless we review the CLOA,” Tupas said. “Management workers also extended an invitation to members of TFM whom they recognize as original tillers of the land to sit down with them and join their fold. “Of the 102 TFM beneficiaries, Espinosa said they recognize 60 percent of them as original tillers of the hacienda, but vowed that they will never allow the entry of others “who never invested sweat or blood in this land.” “They also said, TFM should fight it out with them, farmer beneficiaries, and not against landowner Roberto Cuenca. “This is not his fight, we are fighting for our rights to the land, we are fighting for our children’s future, and we will continue to defend this at all cost.” ’
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  • Kaye Mendoza |

No Room for Women in Takeshi’s Castle
Student 9 Kaye Mendoza
3rd Blog Entry 3rd Blog Entry 3rd Blog Entry
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Only this Sunday, March 11, while browsing channels on television, I was able to caught glimpses of the resurrected 90’s reality game show Takeshi’s Castle now shown in GMA 7. Its format is the same as before–Filipino actors are hosting the entire tv show wearing traditional Japanese costumes while clips of the actual game are taken from Japan, thus, most if not all contestants are Japanese. It would have been pure fun if only the hosts, Joey de Leon and Ryan Yllana, were sensitive of their female guests. Last Sunday, they had four celebrity guests—the Roco twins, Rhian Ramos and LJ Reyes. The girls were wearing Japanese-inspired uniforms (above-knee pleated skirt and blouse) while the boys were wearing kimono. They also had other female guests. Perhaps, they were dancers in the station.Distasteful it was. A portion of Takeshi’s Castle featured these women, wearing the same clothes as the two female celebrities, taking turns in jumping on a trampoline. They appeared to be innocently enjoying themselves, “oblivious” to their miniskirts flipping in the air while the male hosts watched them with their eyes wide open. This is unethical because these women were shown doing an act they would not normally enjoy. They were treated as objects to satisfy these men’s sexual fantasy. That portion was pointless, it had no direct relation to the whole show. It obviously served as an entertainment for the male hosts.Mar 16, 10:09 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

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