President Noynoy Aquino

The Turf’s Thoughts on ex-P-Noy’s Passing


Rest well, statesman.

AS YOU HAVE heard and confirmed from this morning, former President Benigno S. Aquino III has passed away; he was 61.

By now, this heartbreaking news has triggered a turning point — mostly, turning to a feeling of nostalgia — in dealing with the final year of his successor and what to do come May 9, 2022 (less than 11 months from now).

And I know, some of you remained indoctrinated to negate and disown him with all your hearts, minds and souls through the news feeds. You probably have demonized him by emphasizing his negative engagement during his tenure from the bus hostage in Manila to Mamasapano.

Let’s set straight about him amidst all of this. 

Former President Noynoy Aquino continued to enhance the growth of our economy after the Great Recession and put the Philippines brightly on the map as he persistently believed.

Noynoy may not have been a good legislator but as President, he signed significant, consequential pieces of legislation such as Reproductive Health Law, K-12 and the Cybercrime Prevention Act. He even signed a sin tax that imposed a levy on vices like his — cigarettes; which served as a precursor and model to other tax laws (like TRAIN and CREATE) now in force. He made a better peace process in Mindanao by replacing ARMM with the Bangsamoro Basic Law (now Bangsamoro Organic Law); he could’ve done it ahead of time had it not been for Mamasapano. He would have pushed the Freedom of Information Act — for fair and reasonable transparency in dealings with the government — but it always left out on every SONA he delivered. 

Speaking of SONA, his use of graphics — made by his social media team under his chief, Manuel L. Quezon III — was professional and awesome to behold. The Official Gazette on Facebook wouldn’t be the same without his team. 

Many of you have remarked on him for immaturity — primarily due to finger-pointing his predecessor for the faults that he had inherited. Unlike the ruling incumbent, he knew how to behave with other heads of states and governments and earned much respect from the international community. If you want proof, look at the time when we hosted APEC Summit on his final full calendar year (2015).

It was he who established the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases in 2014. It was intended to monitor and prevent, at that time, Ebola and MERS-CoV from entering our shores; it was successful and more respectable than the present composition and their current handling of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Lastly, if any positive attribution can we agree about him on, it’s about dealing the sovereignty in our territorial waters against a hegemonic, trying-hard superpower. He sent the claims to an international court and we won. The lesson from that is we must uphold it and go beyond.

During his six years, our news coverage was not as tumultuous as we have now. His spokespersons didn’t gaslight or spin every day so that Joseph Morong wouldn’t have a problem crunching bullet points with it. Given the environs of this blog, the national television industry under his watch was very peaceful: less intervention, no major player shutdown (that he didn’t like) and manageable dealing of chaos within and without the walls of the networks.

If you’re not convinced of what I’ve written, you would probably admit this: Your political worldviews and principles — no matter where you’re with him or against him back then — would not be formed and probably solidified without him.

Here at Timow’s Turf, I joined with the rest of the Filipino people in expressing sincere condolences to the Aquino family in these times.

Swiping through the 2010s: 2013


AS THE SAGA of the 2010s continues on its fourth episode, the year 2013 cannot be described in any word.

What we do know is that From the Tube and Timow’s Turf were born.

We remember Miley Cyrus, a former Disney star, twerked and swung around the wrecking ball naked. We remember how Robin Thicke hated these blurred lines and we were confounded on how foxes say.

Can you do the Harlem Shake? Can you do some nasal singing a la Daniel Padilla and sing “Nasayo Na Ang Lahat”?

Did you know that My Chemical Romance got disbanded and Lorde told us that we will never be royals?

Did you know the lyrics of Frozen’s Let It Go?

FUN FACT: Did you remember that our peso-dollar exchange rate was stable on the 40s and then it goes weaker after that?

What else the indescribable 2013 was well known for?

 


Per Detail

January 17: The USS Guardian runs aground on Tubbataha Reef.

January 21: US President Barack Obama swears in for his second and final term in office.

February: [ELECTION 2019] The Roman Catholic Diocese of Bacolod posted a large tarpaulin in San Sebastian Cathedral listing the candidates of Team Patay and Team Buhay as a form of vindication over the recently passed RH Law.

February 9: Allied Banking is dissolved and is merged with the Philippine National Bank (PNB).

February 10: Crocodile Lolong dies in captivity in Agusan Marsh.

February 11: Pope Benedict XVI announces his intention to resign at the end of this month due to “advanced age.” He is the first pontiff to relinquish in six centuries. This move triggers the wave of abdication of European monarchs.

February 12: Philippine gunmen claiming to be part of the royal army of the Sulu Sultanate lands on Lahad Datu, Sabah causing a six-week standoff.

February 28: During the live broadcast of Wowowillie on TV5, Willie Revillame interrupted and scolded co-hosts Ethel Booba and Ate Gay as he uttered a tirade about how Ethel confronted him in the dressing room. This is where the signature, “You don’t do that to me,” occurred. His renewed show on that network lasts for another seven and a half more months until cancellation.

March 5: Hugo Chavez, the Venezuelan president who started a revolution in 1999, is dead.

March 13: The papal conclave elects Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Argentina as Pope, taking the name of Francis.

March 16: The Solaire Resort & Casino at the Entertainment City in Parañaque opens to the public, becoming the first resort-casino complex to open in the area.

March 21: Kris Aquino is interviewed dramatically for half an hour on TV Patrol over the problem with her husband, James Yap, and promises to leave the network to spend time with Bimby. Despite the broken promise over the committed shows, she files temporary restraining order against Yap from her and her son.

April 8: Margaret Thatcher, the first female British Prime Minister, passes away at 87.

April 15: Boston Marathon Bombing

May 9: The Philippine Coast Guard shot a Taiwanese fishing vessel in the exclusive economic zone.

May 13: Midterm Election Day. Grace Poe aces the Senate race. Nancy Binay wins, despite evading debate, while Risa Hontiveros fails to make the cut for the second time.

May 19: Bella Flores, the actress who is well known for kontrabida roles and slapping the country’s biggest stars, dies at 84 due to complications from recent hip surgery.

May 31: AKTV on IBC expires. Before their deal’s expiration, IBC acquires the rights to broadcast ONE FC. The broadcast of that year’s PBA Governor’s Cup (the last conference of the season) — particularly on the elimination round — maintains on the government-owned channel.

June 5: Due to the alleged MOOE distribution, Juan Ponce Enrile resigns as Senate President. In the next Congress, Franklin Drilon succeeds him for his third stint.

June 6: Former CIA employee Edward Snowden discloses operations engaged in by a U.S. government mass surveillance program, well-known by code name PRISM.

June 8: 13-year-old singer Roel Manlangit wins Pilipinas Got Talent 4. His victory is not well received by netizens due to the preferential trend of male singers with a tragic background story. The franchised talent competition is expected to undergo hiatus for the next three years.

June 10: My Husband’s Lover premiered on GMA Network. Starring Tom Rodriguez, Dennis Trillo and Carla Abellana, it is credited to be the first gay-themed teleserye. Though it is not the longest teleserye of any network, it is the most controversial and memorable due to the exposition of relevant social issues such as homosexual relationships, homophobia and infidelity.

July 1: Croatia becomes the 28th member of the European Union.

July 12: The Philippine Daily Inquirer publishes the Pork Barrel Scam, detailing how senators and congressmen divert the pork barrel to fake non-government organizations created by Janet Lim-Napoles.

July 13: Cory Monteith, known for portraying Finn Hudson in Glee, dies at 31 due to drug overdose in Vancouver.

July 22: Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge beget their firstborn, Prince George.

August 10: Gilas Pilipinas ends the Korean curse at the Mall of Asia Arena during the semi-finals of 2013 FIBA Asia Championships, 86-79. The following day, though they book a ticket to Spain for next year, they lost to powerhouse Iran in the finals.

August 12: MNLF leader Nur Misuari unilaterally declared the independence of the Bangsamoro Republik. The Philippine government refuses to recognize it and neither other foreign governments have legitimately recognized it.

August 16: MV St. Thomas Aquinas (owned by 2GO) collides and sinks with MV Sulpicio Express, leaving 108 dead and 29 missing.

August 25: The MTV Video Music Awards is held in Barclays Center, Brooklyn, New York. Miley Cyrus becomes the subject of the limelight as she twerks as Robin Thicke enters the stage, belting out his signature song “Blurred Lines.”

August 26: Due to the bombshell report in the PDAF scam, the Million People March is summoned at the Quirino Grandstand.

September 9-28: For 19 days, MNLF and the government forces clashes in Zamboanga City.

September 26: COMELEC disqualifies Laguna governor ER Ejercito for overspending.

September 28: Megan Young is crowned as Miss World.

October 15: A 7.2 earthquake rattled Bohol, killing 144 and injuring 291. Some of its heritage churches are reduced into rubble and some Chocolate Hills are damaged by landslides (the bell tower and observation deck are destroyed). In Cebu, the bell tower of the Basilica Minore del Santo Nino collapses.

October 30: In light of the pork barrel scam and vigilance of public coffers, President Noynoy Aquino defends the Disbursement Acceleration Program over live television. The mechanism is expected to be struck down as unconstitutional next July.

November 5: During an interview in Unang Hirit with Atty. Alfredo Villamor (the lawyer of Napoles), Arnold Clavio irked “Pansira ka ng araw.”

November 7: Janet Lim-Napoles is summoned before the Senate.

November 8: Supertyphoon Yolanda (Haiyan) slashes Eastern Visayas. During the coverage, Atom Araullo braves the wrath of storm in Tacloban, Leyte while Love Anover recounts the trauma under the refuge at Palo Cathedral, also in Leyte. The superstorm leaves 6,000 killed, 15,000 injured and 11 million affected.

November 20: The Supreme Court declares PDAF unconstitutional.

November 30: Fast and Furious star Paul Walker dies from a vehicle collision. Before his fate, he attended the charity for the victims of Supertyphoon Yolanda.

December 1: For the Mega Manila market, ETC and Solar News Channel swap frequencies beginning this day.

December 5: Nelson Mandela, the first president of post-apartheid South Africa, passes on at 95.

December 17: Bea Rose Santiago is crowned as Miss International in Tokyo, Japan.

December 23: TV5 inaugurates the new Media Center in Reliance, Mandaluyong City.

 


The next episode (2014) will be released this July.

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The Filipino Decides 2019: The Bangsamoro Plebiscite


WHILE the rest of the country has to wait until May 13 to get their voices heard on the ballot.

 

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The Office of the Bangsamoro People in Cotabato City is currently the seat of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM). (Photo courtesy of George Parrilla)

 

This Monday (January 21), the current constituent areas of Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao (ARMM), alongside Isabela City and Cotabato City will cast their ballots that will shape their better destiny – the ratification of Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL).

This date will be the first of the two dates of decision — the other being on February 6 for a handful of barangays outside ARMM listed in the BOL, for their inclusion. The provinces affected (Lanao del Norte and North Cotabato) on the second date will have their own vote if they consent their local government units’ secession to join the new region.

That being said, this may both overhaul the governance and expand the 29-year-old sole autonomous region in the country.

Before tackling the current situation, let’s look back on the brief history behind the struggle of self-determination of Muslim Mindanaoans.

The Brief Road to Muslim Mindanao’s Self-Determination

The Moros have resisted against colonizers for centuries. Since the American colonial government, it pursued a policy of intra-ethnic migration of Christian Filipinos to Mindanao, which leads to exploitation of their resources, poverty and hopelessness for Moro people.

Perhaps, the contemporary narrative (the Moro insurgency) happened half a century ago with the exposition of the Jabidah massacre in Congress. The Moro rebels wanted to establish a Bangsamoro nation through the force of arms.

As the 1970s came, hostilities between the government forces and the rebels have led then-President Ferdinand Marcos to issue a proclamation forming an autonomous region but it was rejected by plebiscite. The fighting continued to ensue.

Formation of ARMM

After his dictatorship, the 1987 Constitution was ratified, guaranteeing the Muslim Mindanao and Cordillerans autonomy as long as their respective plebiscites are in favor.

On November 6, 1990, only the ARMM was inaugurated, making the only region in the country to have its own government.

In 2001, the region expanded with Basilan (sans Isabela City) and Marawi City joining the fray. From 2006-2008, Shariff Kabunsuan was carved out of Maguindanao, the original constituent province, until the Supreme Court in Padre Faura voided its creation.

Present foundations

It was 2012; President Noynoy Aquino admitted that ARMM, formed during his mother’s time, a “failed experiment.”

Thus, the peace talks between the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) and the Philippine Government took place in October in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. After 32 series of talks for nine years, the Framework was signed by Marvic Leonen (representing the Government, which in turn rewarded as an associate justice of the Supreme Court) and MILF counterpart Mohagher Iqbal.

Two years later, the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB) was signed and by September 2014, the draft Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) from the Bangsamoro Transition Commission (BTC) was handed to Congress.

Then, Mamasapano came.

 

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The bamboo bridge in Brgy. Tukanalipao, Mamasapano will forever remember both the sacrifice and the tragedy of January 25, 2015.

 

On January 25, 2015, 44 officers from the PNP Special Action Force gave their lives up to fight against suspected and profiled perpetrators, particularly Marwan and Basit Usman. Due to his indirect involvement, it suffered the nadir of his presidency, the path of the peace process lost public support and the BBL was killed.

This is where Rodrigo Duterte, the first Mindanaoan president, stepped in and revived the shattered dream due to the complicated frustrations of his home island group.

They believed that voting for him would unify and reconcile from the years of their frustrations, electoral disenfranchisement, and burdensome tag as the highest poverty in the region.

It was supposed to be signed on the day of his third State of Nation Address last July 23, 2018, but it failed to ratify on-time — drawing up the dramatic coup in House leadership yielding former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo the speakership.

Nonetheless, President Duterte formally signed Republic Act 11054 three days later.

The changes in BOL

As the name implies, the organization of governance would change.

Here are few salient points found under BOL, differing than ARMM:

  • EXECUTIVE: The Regional Governor, who serves as both the head of state and head of government of ARMM will split between the Wali (state) and the Chief Minister (government) — similar to most parliamentary systems.
  • LEGISLATIVE: The Regional Legislative Assembly, containing 24 current members, will expand as the Bangsamoro Parliament with 80 members.
  • FISCAL AUTONOMY: Instead of dependency from the national government, they will have an automatic allocation of the annual block grant equivalent of 5% of net internal revenue. In terms of share in inland revenue, the share of the imposition on natural resources will increase its share to 75% from the current 70%.

Despite the continuing pursuance of the dream, questions of constitutionality of the BOL were surfaced and but the Supreme Court has to decide the date of the oral arguments. Thus, it’s safe to say that the plebiscite will be at all systems go.

Come Monday and on February 6, the voters in the current ARMM will receive a ballot containing one full question and it must be written with either a “YES” or a “NO.” The sole City of Isabela and the rest of the barangays included in the petition will be asked for their admission.

That being said, it will definitely be a historic moment for the country and for its people. In addition, it will set a bigger picture of federalism.


 

For those who are not involved with this plebiscite, we would invite you to answer our improvement survey here.

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Photo courtesy of Flickr and Inquirer.net

 

Of It’s Showtime and of Our Traditional Media’s Time Consciousness


[Requested by Albert Brian Gimao]
THEY SAY, time is of the essence.
However, in the past weeks, ABS-CBN’s It’s Showtime went into overtime as late as almost 4:00 p.m. and consequentially pushed the remainder of the day’s lineup later than usual after Wildflower finished airing.
This case was beyond the two reasonable excuses why some programs start late or were ditched, such as a fast-pacing game going overtime (e.g. the triple overtime in PBA between Ginebra and Rain or Shine) and rollercoaster-cum-circus of political engagements — logic-spinning Palace press conference, grandstanding congressional hearings and off-the-cuff presidential remarks in that order.
While we point the fingers to Vice Ganda over excessive bantering as other include the inferences of more ad loads (even though a true member of KBP) and the accounting of agonizing rush hour traffic in Metro Manila, another reason of that “experiment” was an attempt to derail the successful afternoon teleserye across Timog Avenue, Ika-6 na Utos, which ends this coming week.
Another claim that ABS’ attempt to stop the network war is TV Patrol‘s futile match to 24 Oras due to the stamped bias by President Rodrigo Duterte but this can be reasonably dismissed as ludicrous and then, the latter fought fire with fire.
While time check is obviously a must for radio to its listeners, that’s another story on television.
Historically, RPN wore the iconic digital clock on the bottom left of the screen with “0” in the hour instead of “12.” Currently, PTV wore the clock when the program is running; GMA 7 displayed the time on an hourly basis for a minute while its sister channel, News TV, wore their watch when a news program or an extensive news event is covered. On cable, ABS-CBN News Channel displays it on their ticker when a program or a live special coverage runs.
On May 15, 2013, then-President Benigno Aquino III signed Republic Act 10535 as the latest step to curb the chaotic timekeeping. While the law remains in force, his successor did not exemplify the spirit of the law by arriving late before his aforementioned engagements, given his body clock expressively as a night owl.
The sad truth of the implementation is that it only complies synchronization with the atomic clocks over PAGASA-DOST and over Greenwich but it does not instill our people’s importance of discipline on doing away the inherent age-old habit of tardiness.
Back to the case of It’s Showtime, the network management, Direk Bobet Vidanes and the Showtime gang resolved the issue in an “emergency meeting” but then, it restored to its old (recent) ways. As Holy Week is lurking in the horizon — where their Lenten drama specials would be aired in lieu of all entertaining segments save Tawag ng Tanghalan — we should not be complacent.
While the seasonal noontime drama’s running time is fixed, the live singing competition would offset and end up to the same state of ending at merienda time.

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Xiao Time to bow out of PTV


Historian Xiao Chua aired the 639th episode of Xiao Time on PTV earlier this afternoon and this evening. At that moment, the network’s management announced the segment pullout after four and a half years.

HISTORIAN and ACADEMICIAN Michael Charleston Briones Chua a.k.a. Xiao Chua will bow out of PTV without anticipation after 641 editions of his Xiao Time segment on PTV News this week.

Announced Tuesday, he respected the decision of the pullout from the network’s management. His current episode was the history of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) as a run-up to its summit — being as a host country for the region’s Golden Jubilee — in Metro Manila this weekend.

Xiao Time was given a lease from Channel 4 on their afternoon and evening news program — as News @ 1 and News @ 6 — during the latter half of the (Noynoy) Aquino administration. Not only a patch of their respective newscasts can he be seen, he was also a guest presenter with Kathy San Gabriel during the live commemoration of historical events (e.g. Araw ng Kalayaan, Rizal Day, etc.) during the said presidency.

His unexpected news after four and a half years coincidentally happened on the same part of the day the Supreme Court handed down the unexpected ruling, favoring the continuation of construction of Torre de Manila. The controversial building that obstructed the skyline of the Rizal Park in Luneta was the center of attention after a few years of standoff between his Knights of Rizal and the erring construction company, DMCI.

Xiao has no hard feelings on what considered to be his double whammy today and this week. What comes on his future after PTV will be his choice in life — whether completing graduate studies, teaching in universities, holding seminars or creating an online series — and it must be respected.

In this post-truth era, TV enthusiasts and critics are now questioning what comes next for Visayas Avenue and their news departments as the vacant slot might be used in favor of the President Rodrigo Duterte’s lackeys and facts, arising from science and history, are deemed irrelevant in shaping up public policy and how to present them like Xiao did as academicians are in the crosshairs by irrational and wild fanatics in the social media ready to be shot down.

Who knows?


And that was the makasaysayang story of Xiao Time. *mic drop*

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The Insight on the Presidential Transition & Inauguration 2016


Duterte & Robredo are, for now, the President and Vice President-elect. They will take their respective oaths on June 30.

Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte and Camarines Sur Representative Leni Robredo are, for now, the President and Vice President-elect. They will take their respective oaths on June 30.

LAST MAY 30, at the Plenary Hall of Batasang Pambansa in Quezon City, the Congress officially proclaimed outgoing Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte and Camarines Sur Representative Leni Robredo as President and Vice President-elect respectively. Despite the no show of the former, their titles will remain until June 30.

Even before the Congressional canvassing yet after the partial and unofficial count, Duterte already planned his cabinet and is currently planning his workflow and master plan for the next six years once assuming office on that day. During the press conferences from May 10 until now, his spicy words and unorthodox sentiments on issues and on his critics — filled with ambiguity and expletives — gave mixed signals and interpretations from journalists and broadcasters (usually but not always, a positive connotation in his home turf in Mindanao and negative in Luzon.)

However, the main question in this article of Timow’s Turf is, “What will eventually happen from now until his swearing in as the 16th President of this Republic?”

Note: The content on the tailoring are subject to change without prior notice.

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Philippine television through the 2nd Aquino years (2010-16)


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IN AND OUT. Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte (right) is the apparent successor of the outgoing President Benigno S. Aquino III (left) after winning the May 9 election with less than 40% of the votes.

THE FILIPINO has decided; Rodrigo Roa Duterte is the apparent winner of this election and will become the 16th President of the Philippines come June 30.

Before we move on to the next chapter of Philippine history, we will look how our channels on free-to-air television progressed so far throughout the six years of the outgoing administration of President Benigno S. Aquino III. (more…)

#TheFilipinoDecides2016: MMK as a political springboard


THE CAMPAIGN PERIOD for national positions is just five days away but the Big 3 networks and CNN Philippines couldn’t stop airing politicians’ advertisements for a long time even before the filing of certificate of candidacies last October.

Netizens’ movement, such as the Anti-Epal movement, tried to pressurized the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) to punish candidates from running the office on premature campaigning but sadly, the Constitutional Commission is too futile to stop them unilaterally or with their support.

With that circumstance, the poorest of the poor electorate — where the nation’s vote really counts the most — will be victims of persistent mind conditioning while the enlightened yet well-educated will find it indeed eternally embarrassing.

However, on this extraordinary post on Timow’s Turf #TheFilipinoDecides2016 series, we will discuss on one program of the network that made the remark as the “biggest blow” every election period: ABS-CBN’s Maalaala Mo Kaya (MMK).

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Government gets green light for IBC privatization


With the approval of Malacanang, IBC 13 will no longer have to shut down but will be challenged under the hands of the potential private bidder.

With the approval of Malacanang, IBC 13 will no longer have to shut down but it will be challenged under the hands of the potential private bidder.

WE MARCHED on a long crusade for the fate of Broadcast City, whether to privatize or to shut down, until Malacanang Palace finally gave a nod to see the light of hope in the midst of their consistent and constant financial and operational gloom.

With only a bit more than five months left in office, President Benigno S. Aquino III approved the privatization of Intercontinental Broadcasting Corporation (IBC) based on the recommendation of the Governance Commission for GOCCs (GCG).

This news has just received after IBC was recently snubbed out from covering another season of the PBA D-League in favor of AksyonTV after the blocktimer, Asian Television Content (ATC), had incurred debt that would be impossible to pay.

GCG gets to the ground

The GCG says that privatization of Channel 13 “rationalizes the State’s portfolio in the Communications Sector in view of the overlap with PTV-4, which is already sufficient to address market failures in the private broadcast industry, such as providing programs with social value but are not considered profitable.” This comes in the wake of the recent revitalization of PTV, as mandated by Republic Act No. 10390, which identified the privatization of IBC as one of the sources of funding the increase in sole state broadcaster’s legal capital from P 1 billion to P 6 billion.

IBC was also in financial distress, operating at an average net loss of P45.26 million from 2010 to 2014 and receiving operational subsidies amounting to P23.56 million in 2015. According to the 2014 audit report released by the Commission on Audit, IBC suffered into the capital deficiency of PHP 893.5 million.

IBC: Not just a repeat offender but repertoire of failure

Throughout the years, IBC becomes the laughingstock and the “rotten apple” among the fresh ones on the VHF frequency. It ended up being unrecognized by the masa unless they recall their good old days.

Aside from being a repeat offender of noncompliance to MTRCB ratings, IBC suffered the worst as what the Turf calls the “broadcast repertoire of failure.” (Sorry fantards, it is not ABS-CBN, GMA, TV5 and/or CNN Philippines that you think is/are the worst network/s “ever”.)

Aside from over-relying  and diversifying home shopping blocks, IBC ranked up dead last as they failed to compete with the Big 3, CNN Philippines and even her sister network, PTV, on necessary news equipment such as they procured no live outside broadcast (OB) vans and/or live cameras, no live phone patches and of course, lack of virtual news graphics. Not to forget, the lack of utilizing social media and a working website (although IBC had one until their domain expired back in 2005) became a hindrance to the competition and recognition for Filipinos in the Information Age.

The how’s and how much’s of the bid

The privatization of IBC will be done through public bidding with an estimated floor price of P1.977 billion. A committee composed of representatives from GCG, the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO), and IBC itself shall implement and conduct the said process.

That said, for the potential bidders, we wish to make the utterly forgotten, abandoned and fallen network rise again from hopelessness and shine once more to compete with vitality.

For more information, click here for Q&A of IBC privatization.


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[IBC 13 logo courtesy of Intercontinental Broadcasting Corporation / Wikimedia Commons]

APEC Summit 2015: Behind the scenes


For the second time, the Philippines will host the APEC summit. The first one was held in 1996 in Subic Bay, well known for its former US naval base. This year, it will be somewhere in Metro Manila.

For the second time, the Philippines will host the APEC summit. The first one was held in 1996 in Subic Bay, well known for its former US naval base. This year, it will be somewhere in Metro Manila.

AFTER 19 YEARS, the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) comes home to the Philippines. Throughout the launch last year until now, meetings of different officials convened in distant locations of the country from Laoag City, Ilocos Norte to the Queen City of the South, Cebu City.

On the middle of this month, we will witness the culmination of the yearlong saga of meetings with the President Benigno S. Aquino III (P-Noy) and 20 heads of government of their respective member economies, waving their hands as a symbol of pledging interdependence of the Asia-Pacific trading bloc.

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