#NoDeadAir: Resist all assaults on freedom of the press and expression
#NoToABSCBNShutdown This is the kind of government we have. Even as our people battle a deadly pandemic, it carries out an underhanded assault on freedom of the press and of expression through a cease and desist order issued by the National Telecommunications Commission against broadcast network ABS-CBN.
That this dastardly move comes two days after we observed World Press Freedom Day and a day after Jose Calida warned the NTC of graft charges should it allow the network to operate beyond the expiration of its franchise on May 4.
All this stems from President Rodrigo Duterte’s personal vendetta against the network, whose franchise renewal he pledged to block.
No matter that this is a slap on Congress, which has the sovereign power to decide on matters of franchise and which explicitly asked the NTC to allow ABS-CBN to continue operating while it deliberates the bills to renew the network’s franchise.
No matter that the closure of a major media network would deprive our people of a major source of information at a time when information could spell life and death as we battle the pandemic. It sends a clear message: What Duterte wants, Duterte gets. And it is clear, with this brazen move to shut down ABS-CBN, that he intends to silence the critical media and intimidate everyone else into submission.
But just as the independent press survived and triumphed with the people over the Marcos dictatorship, we are certain that we shall do so again, that this regime that has run roughshod over our laws and disregarded our basic rights and liberties will not succeed.
We call on the community of independent Filipino journalists and on all Filipinos who cherish democracy and liberty to stand together and resist this government’s brazen assault on freedom of the press and of expression. MABUHAY ANG MALAYANG PAMAMAHAYAG!
We extend our condolences to the families, and to those who died in COVID-19, especially to the frontliners.
Words cannot even begin to express our sorrow.
You are all gone from our sight, but never from our hearts.
(As of April 29) DOH reports 1,619 total healthcare workers affected. 33 have died, while 250 have recovered.
92,822 individuals tested. 88.8% or 82,438 have tested negative. A total of 103,442 tests have been conducted, while there are 184,254 remaining available test supplies.
What makes a good leader in times of crisis?
The approach. Helping as human, not a politician.
S#@! out to this City Hall official who aired the names of suspected COVID-19-PUM.
You’re irresponsible and dangerous. Irresponsible for not doing your job right, and dangerous to your kababayan’s lives.
How I WISH you don’t dare to run Madam, you are a disgrace to everyone.
COVID-19 Effect? It changes our lives FOREVER, as well as our political thinking of voting a trapo and imbecile.
Do you still trust your imbecile officials, after all?
The problem now is you, for being MENTALLY INCOMPETENT.
Congratulations to all the new Bar passers.
Especially to our very own Jocelyn Fabello who made it to Rank 5.
“DJ Joey” was a former DJ of IFM under DYPR Palawan Broadcasting Corp, owned by The Mother of Palawan Broadcast Industry Lulu Ilustre.
She took her Law degree in Palawan State University.
Joey became the fourth bar passer who made it on top 10 from Palawan and the first from PSU. Other Palaweno topnotchers are Atty. Jose Nolledo of Far Eastern University, he was Rank 2 in 1958 Bar Exam. Atty.Lowell Yap of University of the East, Rank 2 in 1977, and Atty. Roy Rafols from University of the East, also Rank 2 in 1984.
Your province is truly proud of you!
We missed the old norms where the leading Bar top 10 came from top universities and colleges in Metro Manila like the University of the Philippines and Ateneo de Manila. Well, it’s an important indicator that schools far from outside the country’s capital teach better than what they think before.
That is what we call the new normal!