Another year has come and gone, but before we enter the sweet 2016, the Turf looks back on the rollercoaster moments of significant UHF networks (not counting ABS-CBN Sports+Action and Aksyon TV).
NET25 and INC-TV 49
#IAMONEinCoverUps (July 22 to present). As the centennial of Iglesia ni Cristo draws to a close, Angel Manalo, the younger brother of Executive Minister Eduardo V. Manalo, exposed the scandals of the Church Administration on his and his mother’s (Cristina “Tenny” Manalo) excommunication by a YouTube video. This scandal surfaced over the cables and the domino effect of the INC drama — which is obviously real and not found on an ordinary teleserye — just began with expelling and arresting ministers (such as Isaias Samson, Jr. and Lowell Menorca) and their show-of-force rally in EDSA and the Department of Justice last August. During the Iglesia crisis, their networks NET 25 and INC-TV 49 began using the hashtags #IAMONEWITH25 and #IAMONEWITHEVM, respectively in order to downplay Bro. Angel Manalo and expelled ministers’ opposing voices as well as to glorify the Executive Minister and to deliver their news that favors the Church Administration. Hence, the bias is excessively obvious to spot.
UNTV Life (Channel 37)
On August 26, UNTV became UNTV Life with a fresh identity but programming mix remains the same.
On December 3, during the Awards Night of the 29th PMPC Star Awards for Television in KIA Theater, UNTV bagged three awards in two shows: The KNC Show for Best Children’s Show and Host and ASOP (A Song of Praise) Music Festival (hosted by Richard Reynoso and Toni Rose Gayda) for Best Talent Search Program.
The cousinhood founders (Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon) of this channel were also involved in two political standoffs through social media. First, when President Aquino was endangered after his involvement with the Mamasapano clash last January and the pressurizing act to resign. Second was when former Department of Justice Secretary Leila de Lima was threatened by the Iglesia ni Cristo following the decision to investigate the expelled ministers.
Outlook for 2016
As 2016 is an election year, it will not be surprising for NET 25’s religious owners to induce its membership to vote their particular candidates (bloc voting) as part of their “doctrine of unity” despite objections of some of its flock due to an individual’s questionable issues of corruption. The Turf will not be surprised to set up RED ALERT status over the network’s biased coverage.
The same shall apply for SMNI 39 of Apollo Quiboloy. His mandate to the “Kingdom Nation” will emulate similar to Iglesia ni Cristo. The Turf will also issue a RED ALERT.
Following such involvement, the UNTV Life’s indirect influential religious group, the Members Church of God International, will not bother their members or niche audience on choosing their leaders and representatives. However, the Turf issues the YELLOW ALERT (which is a caution alert and not a political one) for any significant acts on any political participation. By the New Year, Channel 37 will complete and open their new network center in EDSA.
HAPPY NEW YEAR
from Timow’s Turf!