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‘Tell the press. Don’t tell the press. It’s entirely up to you.’

By Pachico A. Seares Public & Standards Editor SunStar Cebu and SunStar Superbalita The public official decides when to talk and when to clam up to news reporters. Until the law or the court compels disclosure — or someone from inside leaks the information. THEY HAVE this big secret that only 14 people know about: […]

‘Unpatriotic’ journalists: Tiglao blasts ‘false’ writings abroad

By Pachico A. Seares Public & Standards Editor SunStar Cebu and SunStar Superbalita Must sense of nationalism stop Filipino writers from ‘badmouthing’ their country abroad? A ‘Manila Times’ columnist and former Arroyo publicist raises issue of patriotism. Rigoberto D. Tiglao, columnist of “The Manila Times,” had a career in journalism that began in 1981 as […]

Uson, Rappler and MPC: what the firestorm is all about

By Pachico A. Seares Public & Standards Editor SunStar Cebu and SunStar Superbalita Mocha Uson tangles with Rappler on its standing as a media outfit and Harry Roque over ties with media. And she seems set to wage war against Malacañang Press Corps as well. Is she confused about her role as a PCOO official? […]

‘Li’l narco’ fake news item about Trillanes: trad-media ‘started it’

By Pachico A. Seares Public & Standards Editor SunStar Cebu and SunStar Superbalita Two mainstream columnists are suspected of originating the bogus story. Not a satire website and the slew of fake-news blogs that later used the story about the senator. U.S. President Trump, according to the story, was asked by a reporter aboard Air […]

Reporting cuss words of Andanar, Panelo

By Pachico A. Seares Public & Standards Editor SunStar Cebu and SunStar Superbalita Policies of news outfits on obscene language vary. So may the interpretation of policy by editors within the same organization. Online though, they hardly bother about rules. May mga maingay na pala-i**t, yon ang problema sa kanila, hanggang ingay lang. Wala namang […]

‘Fake news bill’: section on black propaganda out of place

By Pachico A. Seares Public & Standards Editor SunStar Cebu and SunStar Superbalita The second kind of fake news, when it is used as propaganda, may be wielded not only against a rival politician but the journalist who reports it. IGNORED or put aside in the committee hearings on Senate Bill #1492 is the second […]

Senate’s fake news bill: ‘patay’ — or maybe not

By Pachico A. Seares Public & Standards Editor SunStar Cebu and SunStar Superbalita The president might veto Senate Bill #1492 if kept in its present form but it could be for the wrong reason. As in libel laws, constitutionality of the proposed legislation is not the core issue. Its major flaw is that it does […]

Not being a journalist is no excuse for peddling fake news

By Pachico A. Seares Public & Standards Editor SunStar Cebu and SunStar Superbalita Sen. Bam Aquino asked Mocha Uson why she had not sought the side of the people she castigated in her blog. “I’m not a journalist, po,” she repeatedly said “Ang ginagawa ko, di po ako journalist…” — Mocha Uson, PCOO assistant secretary […]

Mocha Uson’s fake news is also PCOO’s fake news

By Pachico A. Seares Public & Standards Editor SunStar Cebu and SunStar Superbalita The asst. secretary’s ‘arrangement’ with PCOO chief Andanar about her blog won’t work if his office doesn’t own responsibility for its content. At the Sept. 20 Senate hearing on the budget of Presidential Communication Operations Office for 2018, PCOO chief Martin Andanar […]

‘Reinventing’ PNA: it’s more than stopping serial errors

By Pachico A. Seares Public & Standards Editor SunStar Cebu and SunStar Superbalita It’s not just a matter of the Philippines News Agency getting it right and avoiding mistakes in content. Much is expected from the government’s official news carrier. Last Sept. 8, when Undersecretary Joel Sy Egco was named to supervise the government-run Philippines […]