How It's Portrayed Today
CHEAP SHOT: Philippine Daily Inquirer columnist JUAN MERCADO is having fun with the buzzword INSTIGATE and the term INSTIGATIVE JOURNALISM, which probably works cleverly enough to be a sort of Palace retort to INVESTIGATIVE JOURNALISM as practiced by the likes of Sheila Coronel of PCIJ. However it was Ricky Carandang and Twink Macaraeg of ABSCBN News who are held up by Juan Mercado as examples. It was just a CHEAP SHOT at the media people who were there at that Marine Stand-off at Fort Bonifacio. Who could blame them? This was the third day into Proclamation 1017. The Palace itself had alleged coup d'etat plots by elite military units were afoot. So, on that mysterious Sunday, I don't believe that Ricky Carandang or Twink Macaraeg instigated the following little vignette that I heard and saw live on TV and radio that Sunday afternoon in Fort Bonifacio. Perhaps Mr. Mercado would care to say something sage and wise about this strange and bizarre outburst by a Marine under Col. Ariel Querubin, a certain Lt. Col. Archie Segumalian --
LT. COL. ARCHIE SEGUMALIAN AT FORT BONIFACIO
26 FEBRUARY 2006
Mr. Mercado can sneer only because that initially tense and dramatic situation in fact ended peacefully and anti-climactically. Yet it could easily have turned out quite differently and been a big story instead of a dud.
BONG AUSTERO BOUGHT THE FAIRY TALE ABOUT OUR VAST LEFTIST RIGHTIST COUP CONSPIRACY: That became pretty obvious during Ricky Carandang's one-on-one interview with him tonight. Well, no wonder Mr. Austero had a hissy fit and wrote that famous email dissing anyone going EXTRA-CONSTITUTIONAL last February 26. He probably reads TIME MAGAZAINE, or something. But asked who he thought were part of the Coup Plot Conspiracy, he said sheepishly, "I'm not really at liberty to say!" Asked who he thought were legitimately being hunted down by the Government for participating in the coup, he revealed a tic -- its a heavenward roll of the eyes -- that proclaims he doesn't really have a clue. But he was able to name those who are anti-GMA whom he considers are legitimate and ought not be hunted down-- Enteng Romano for one, Randy David too, he said, and probably Manolo Quezon, whom he says is the most popular blogger in the world, right now. But it was disappointing...Bong Austero is actually for IMPEACHMENT, just like me. In fact, if things get worse I'm pretty sure we'll see Mr. Austero at the barricades too, at least figuratively. I thought he would actually have something interesting to say, some solid manifesto for ideological apathy. Not just another wishy-washy liberal who told Carandang he BELIEVES GMA cheated but is perfectly fine with it. For now, he said. And delivered a promise to take back everything he said in his email, once the Filipino people decide to go against GMA for sure. I've got audio of him, but I'm too, uhmm apathetic to do the work. Where Juan Mercado takes advantage of hindsight to make a cheap shot, Bong Austero seems bothered by it more and more. But both will be on the right side when the time comes, I wager.
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Manuel L. Quezon III thinks this discussion on Press Freedom is "highly illuminating." No discussion. Just "highly illuminating." I found it "droll." But I guess every blogger keeps nice stock phrases like that for "diplomatic linking." I personally like "strongly persuasive" or even "mildly interesting." But still no definitive essay from MLQ3 himself (and most bloggers now lambasting the Arroyo regime for oppressing their freedom of expression.) on the Danish Cartoons and the fundamental principles of Press Freedom, on why the Liberty of Fleming Rose is the same Liberty as that of Ninez Cacho Olivarez, why Jyllands Postens IS the Daily Tribune.
Some recent posts here at Philippine Commentary on Press Freedom (maybe not highly illuminating, but deeply felt and sympathetic) --
From the Ministry of Truth and Responsible Journalism
Bitter Herbs and Purple Flowers
Danish Publisher Explains Mohammed Cartoons
Democracy Saves Religions From Each Other
Global Jihad Against Insensitive Journalists?
PDI on the Separation of Church and Press
The Responsible Journalism of Conrado de Quiros
As the Sun Sets and Darkness Falls Over My Sad Archipelago
Breaking News --- Standoff Developing at Fort Bonifacio
Stand for Liberty! Stand for the Philippines!
MAX SOLIVEN of the Crony Newspaper The Philippine Star takes the Commission on Human Rights to Task for questioning the "Siege of Bagong Diwa" last year. Max's entire argument seems to be that the Abu Sayyaf bandits like Commander Robot, Global and Kosovo deserved to die anyway, so who cares if maybe the thing was a rubout? Never mind that dead terrorists tell no tales about alleged top brass in cahoots with the enemy, (even selling them bullets!) Hey but what do those Commission on Human Rightists know about it anyway, eh? I mean, Max may be onto something here, how dare those Humans Rights commissioners actually take sworn statements from the actual witnesses to the 2 day siege and "massacre" (CHR's term)?