Tuesday, August 15, 2017

NUJP on Ted Failon's Libel Suit

August 16, 2017
The libel suit against ABS-CBN’s Ted Failon and members of his staff again underscores how onion-skinned government officials wield the antediluvian criminal libel law as a bludgeon in their vain hope to cow critical journalism into silence.
Failon and his three colleagues posted bail Tuesday after they were ordered arrested by a Tagaytay City court for the case filed by then Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) chairman and now presidential political adviser Francis Tolentino.
The charge stems from an episode of “Failon Ngayon” that looked into the allegedly irregular purchase by the MMDA under Tolentino of second hand motorcycles for Pope Francis’ visit to Manila in 2014, which the Commission on Audit had questioned.
Regardless of the merits of the case, there can be no doubt Failon had taken on a subject of public interest and significance and sought accountability from a government official sworn to uphold the law and promote the general welfare.
The National Union of Journalists of the Philippines stands squarely with Ted Failon and his colleagues and calls on Mr. Tolentino to drop his misbegotten suit against them.
Mr. Tolentino claims his reputation was tarnished. But seeking to jail journalists instead of squarely responding to the valid issues they raised can only taint his image even more.
Filing a criminal libel suit instead of responding to an issue honestly smacks of vindictiveness and goes against the very principle of public office being a public trust.
We also reiterate our long-standing demand for Congress to swiftly legislate the decriminalization of libel and bar its use by public servants to quell legitimate inquiries and criticism of their actions. --NUJP Nonoy Espina
(The Union of Journalists of the Philippines.


Monday, August 14, 2017

Social Media Policy

How is journalism different from blogging? CMFR chair Vergel Santos and PCOO ASec. Kris Ablan talks about the Palace's policy on social media accreditation.

#ANCEarlyEdition: On the social media policy

Friday, July 28, 2017

PCG Enforces A Mandate

Iligan City –The Iligan Bay Coast Guard enforces a mandate to Eastern Iligan Bay and Northern Mindanao fisher folks and all watercraft owners to register their boats to the Coastguard for some security numbering system. The Coastguard Security Numbering System (CSNS) is a provision in the National Coastguard Law stipulated in the Philippine Coast Guard Memorandum Circular No. 2017-001 dated 31 March 2017 also known as Safety, Security and Environmental Numbering (SSEN) System for all Philippine Registered Vessels and/or watercrafts. Under Penalties and Sanctions Sections, failure to register under SSEN, a written warning shall be issued to the first offender and a corresponding affidavit of undertaking should be submitted to concerned coastguard unit prior release. For the second offender, a detention and be released only upon compliance.
“Each town may designate for its own boat numbering. The same boat number will be submitted to the Coastguard. The boat registration is free of charge. Those boats without registration number will be confiscated by us!” – (Janet S. Braza with LCDR Alberto T Ferre, PCG)


Held Captive By The Lawless For 118 Days

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