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Adyenda ng bayan para sa administrasyong Duterte, inilatag na

INIHAPAG ng mga sektoral na grupo ang kani-kanilang adyenda isang araw bago ang pag-upo ni Rodrigo Duterte bilang bagong pangulo ng Pilipinas.

Dinaluhan ng mahigit isang libong katao mula sa iba’t ibang rehiyon ng bansa ang National People’s Summit sa Unibersidad ng Pilipinas kaninang umaga upang hamunin ang administrasyong Duterte na magpatupad ng mga makabayang programa at patakaran.

Labinlimang puntong adyenda ang ihinapag ng mga nagsidalo para sa pagpapaunlad ng ekonomiya, patakarang panlipunan, mabuting pamamahala, pangmatagalang kapayapaan at karapatang pantao, at patakarang panlabas at soberanya. Read more

POOLED EDITORIAL: The Prez and the press

REGRETTABLY, the conversation between President-elect Rodrigo Duterte and the news media has turned sharp and shrill. All but lost in the noise is the two parties’ common duty in law and tradition to serve and to inform the Filipino people on issues, events and policies that affect their interest and welfare.

A president—all at once the chief executive, fount of foreign policy, manager of the national household, guardian of peace and order, commander of the uniformed services, and arbiter of policy conflicts—is the most important pivot of news and policy in the land. A president is mandated by law to lead the nation and to promote transparency, accountability and good governance.

But the Constitution also upholds the citizens’ rights to free speech, free press, free expression, and peaceable assembly. It guarantees as well their right to due process, equality before the law, access to information, justice, and life.

As “the people’s private eye in the public arena,” the news media serve as custodian and gatekeeper of some of these rights. It’s a task that must be accomplished, and the President-elect’s predecessors as well as the nation’s journey from democracy to dictatorship and back illustrate why and how we must inquire into, inveigh against, and investigate questionable public officials and agencies, on the citizens’ behalf.

Thus, despite his vexation with those he calls the “lowlifes” and the “mouthpieces” in the news media, we must at all times cover him, his actions, and his statements. In truth, the news media must report more—and better—about him, his policies and his actions, with our reports guided by the best standards of accuracy, fairness and context.

This we must do even as we note at least two disturbing “messages” from the President-elect.

First, by saying that “corrupt journalists … vultures of journalism can die for all I care [because] you’re asking for it,” he mocks the memory of 172 journalists (at latest count) killed in the line of duty since democracy’s rebirth in 1986. The last reports filed by a majority of those slain journalists precisely exposed crime and corruption, the same social ills that he says he wants to curb. Sadly, not a single mastermind or principal suspect in these murders, including state agents, local warlords, and criminal elements, have been held to account.

Second, whether intended or not, his volcanic language has dampened, indeed chilled, the daily reportage, so that journalists with valid, if testy, questions are seemingly forced to eat expletives by way of a response.

To be sure, corruption in the news media is as real as the 16-million vote that secured the victory of the President-elect. To be sure, corruption afflicts both individuals and agencies in the news media, and has evolved into a subculture with a language all its own.

As anywhere else, however, corruption in the news media is a supply-demand chain. One solution offers a key role for the incoming administration: Slay it at the source. The government’s own media agents, as well as politicians and corporate PRs who offer more than stories to get favorable coverage or to spike bad news, must, in the President-elect’s words, “stop it.” Another solution calls for quick action from media managers: Provide better pay and protection for journalists.

But here’s the thing: The institutional capture of the news media by politicians has begun in some parts of the country. Local politicians and their families have acquired ownership and control of print and broadcast media agencies, and certain local government units have bought block-time segments using public funds. The corruption of the news media thus also involves partisan political interests driving editorial processes—as the President-elect knows full well.

Yet for all the supposed differences, the news media and the President-elect have complete agreement on one factor: the urgency of a Freedom of Information Law. The issuance of an FOI executive order on Day One of his presidency should prevent the 17th Congress from tarrying in its task.

An FOI Law will provide the necessary institutional and legal framework for full and true functional links between transparency and accountability in government, and for the right of all Filipinos to access information in order to take part in nation-building.

We in the news media wish the incoming administration success in all its endeavors. As journalists and as citizens, we commit not only to do journalism right and better, but also to uphold and defend free speech, free press, free expression, and the people’s right to know. #

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List of media organizations and outfits that published this editorial: 

Philippine Press Institute (PPI)

National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP)

Philippine Daily Inquirer

Philippine Star

Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism (PCIJ)

Notre Dame Broadcasting Corporation (NDBC)

Mindanao Cross

Mindanao Gold Star Daily

Sun.Star-Cagayan de Oro

The Journal

The Freeman

Bicol Today

College Editors Guild of the Philippines

Kodao Productions

Bulatlat

Philippine Collegian

Eastern Vista

Pahayagang Balikas

Banat News

Northern Dispatch

Panguil Bay Monitor

Mindanao Monitor

Catarman Weekly Tribune

The Standard

Lanao del Norte Today

Panguil Bay Monitor

Mindanao Monitor

Eastern Vista

Panay Today

The Manila Standard

 

ACT for just and lasting peace

The Alliance of Concerned Teachers (ACT), celebrating its 34th anniversary, and joined by the “Thousand Doves” campaign of the Pilgrims for Peace gathered at the Peace Bell in Quezon City on June 26, 2016 in support of the upcoming peace talks between the government and the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP). Children made paper cranes and flew kites for the peace campaign. ACT is an affiliate of the International League of Peoples’ Struggle (ILPS) Philippines chapter.

(Contributed video by ILPS Philippines)

Workers support peace talks

Workers led by the Kilusang Mayo Uno (May First Movement) trooped to Mendiola, Manila on June 24, 2016 to support the peace talks between the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) and the government under President-elect Rodrigo Duterte. They called for the release of all political prisoners.

(Contributed video by ILPS Philippines)

Victims call on Duterte to stop ‘demolition business’

VICTIMS of a recent demolition of an urban poor community along Luzon Avenue in Quezon City called on President-elect Rodrigo Duterte to investigate the unjust destruction of their houses.

The residents said that the Quezon City government and a court sheriff authorized the demolition despite their failure to present a court order. Read more

Progressives ready ‘wish-list’ for Duterte

Economic development workshop.PROGRESSIVE GROUPS from various sectors and regions gathered at the University of the Philippines yesterday for the “Pre-Summit to People’s Change” to discuss various issues they hoped would be addressed by the incoming Rodrigo Duterte administration.  The list will be presented at the National People’s Summit on June 29, also at UP.

Initially a broad 15-point agenda, the forum divided the list into four issues: economic development, social policy, corruption and government, and peace and human rights.

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STREETWISE:Peace Talks 101

By Carol P. Araullo

The significance of peace talks resumption between the government and the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP), the revolutionary umbrella organization that includes the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army (CPP-NPA), is not as easy to appreciate and be enthused about as one would think. The subject matter is complex and its prolonged history full of twists and turns. Many times, optimistic rhetoric has given way to recrimination and impasses. Read more

Interview: There are no problems if I don’t go to the Philippines–Sison

NATIONAL DEMOCRATIC FRONT OF THE PHILIPPINES (NDFP) Chief Political Consultant Jose Maria Sison told Kodao Productions there are difficulties in carrying out his plans for a homecoming in July.

In a Skype meeting with then candidate for the presidency Rodrigo Duterte several weeks ago, the now President-elect expressed his desire to meet his former professor for a one-on-one meeting.  After Duterte’s victory in the May 9 national elections, both he and Sison announced plans for Sison’s homecoming to affect the meeting. Read more

Duterte, NDFP peace teams agree to resume formal talks

The National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) and President-elect Rodrigo Duterte’s peace team agreed to resume formal negotiations next month with a historic joint statement last night in Oslo, Norway (1 am, Manila time).

In a successful conclusion to their two-day exploratory talks, both parties also agreed to discuss in their formal negotiations the affirmation of previously-signed agreements, accelerated process for the negotiations, reconstitution of the NDFP list of Joint Agreement on Safety and Immunity Guarantees (JASIG)-protected personnel, amnesty proclamation of all political prisoners, and mode of interim ceasefire.  Read more

Oslo talks conclude successfully

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