President Noynoy Aquino

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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Photo courtesy of ABS-CBN News


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.


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

PNoy and Digong

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).


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.


Palace releases 2016 national holidays


MALACANANG PALACE has just released Wednesday, August 26, the national holidays for 2016. President Benigno S. Aquino III (PNoy) signed Proclamation 1105 (s. 2015) which listed ten legal holidays and nine special non-working holidays last Thursday, August 20.

Holidays at a glance

Legal holidays

  • New Year’s Day: January 1 (Friday)
  • Maundy Thursday: March 24
  • Good Friday: March 25
  • Araw ng Kagitingan: April 9 (Saturday)
  • Labor Day: May 1 (Sunday)
  • Independence Day: June 12 (Sunday)
  • National Heroes’ Day: August 29 (Monday)
  • Bonifacio Day: November 30 (Wednesday)
  • Christmas Day: December 25 (Sunday)
  • Rizal Day: December 30 (Friday)

Special Non-working Holidays

  • Lunar (Chinese) New Year: February 8 (Monday)
  • EDSA People Power Anniversary: February 25 (Thursday)
  • Black Saturday: March 26
  • Ninoy Aquino Day: August 21 (Sunday)
  • All Saints’ Day: November 1 (Tuesday)
  • Additional non-working days
    • January 2 (Saturday)
    • October 31 (Monday)
    • December 24 (Saturday)
    • December 31 (Saturday)

Muslim Legal Holidays (tentative)

  • Eid’l Fitr: July 6 (Wednesday)
  • Eid’l Adha: September 13 (Tuesday)

Six long weekends

That being said, 2016 will, as explicitly inferred from the proclamation, six long weekends.

  • January 1-3 (3 days)
  • February 6-8 (3 days)
  • March 24-27 (4 days)
  • August 27-29 (3 days)
  • October 29-November (4 days)
  • December 30-January 1, 2017 (3 days)

Options to maximize your leave

This coming year, there will be four instances of filing your leaves. You may take it all or not:

  • The People Power Anniversary, normally a school holiday but elevated as a special non-working for it’s 30th anniversary this coming year, being a Thursday, will have an option to file a leave the following day, Friday, February 26, making a four-day weekend.
  • Bonfacio Day, being Wednesday in 2016, will have two options to file your leave. Either option to take two days leave before the holiday (November 28 & 29) or after (December 1 & 2) will still enjoy 5 days of rest.
  • If the tentative date of Eid’l Fitr is confirmed by the incoming President, either option to take two days leave before the holiday (July 4 & 5) or after (July 7 & 8) will still enjoy 5 days of rest.
  • If the tentative date for Eid’l Adha is confirmed, file a leave on Monday, September 12 to enjoy four days of rest.

Other dates to remember

  • Valentines’ Day: February 14 (Sunday)
  • Mother’s Day: May 8 (Sunday)
  • Father’s Day: June 19 (Sunday)

No remedies for holidays falling on weekends

The recent proclamation would notice few holidays falling on weekends and most Filipinos are alarmed and should ask the President to declare the following day as a substitute holiday or implement Republic Act 9492 or the so-called “holiday economics,” signed by his predecessor, Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.

Section 1 of the said Republic Act, which amends the declaration of holidays on the Administrative Code of 1987 (Executive Order No. 292), dictates that unless modified by law, order or proclamation, the national holidays, except those which are religious in nature, are moved to the nearest Monday. (emphasis made by author)

In such application of the matter of law, PNoy did not violate the emphasized stipulation of the law despite of his rationalization to restore the holidays to their proper dates. Unlike the United States where their federal holidays, set on a fixed date falls on the weekend, the nearest weekday shall be observed. Here, the option lies on the sitting President. For now, he will rather have the proclamation untouched and will remain the commemoration as it is.

2016, the election year

For Filipinos, the coming year, 2016, is a presidential election year and when it comes to such event, they would consider the Election Day to be a holiday. The election, in accordance with the Constitution, will take place on the second Monday of May; in this case, May 9. The inauguration of the new President, also explicitly mentioned in the Constitution, will take place on June 30, a Thursday. Such confirmation of two events will lie upon the issuance of the incumbent and outgoing President within the coming year.

Enjoy your long weekend!

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Tito Sotto walks out of Senate hearing, attends Eat Bulaga

[Author’s note: The following post may provoke individual political warfare. Read at your own risk!]

EARLY THIS MORNING, two simultaneous Senate committee hearings were convened: the first is on the Bangsamoro Basic Law (under the Senate Committee on Local Government, chaired by Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos, Jr.) and the other, on Vice President Binay’s dirty deals (under the Blue Ribbon Committee, chaired by Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV).

On the TV coverage tally, four channels were covering the Bangsamoro Basic Law “BBL” hearing (namely: People’s Television, Aksyon TV, CNN Philippines and ABS-CBN News Channel) while two were covering on Binay (namely: GMA News TV and DZMM Teleradyo). (more…)

Remembering Supertyphoon ‘Yolanda’ (Haiyan)

The Philippine flag hoisted above the ruins made by Supertyphoon Yolanda signified the resilience of the people.

The Philippine flag hoisted above the ruins made by Supertyphoon Yolanda signified the resilience of the people.

NOVEMBER 8, 2013. Surely, it will be a date that will never forget in the history of the Philippines.

Supertyphoon “Yolanda” (Haiyan) ravaged Eastern Visayas with 230 km/h winds. The storm cut across the central part of the country westwards, accruing 6,000+ deaths and incurring PHP 89.6 billion in damage.

As we commemorate the anniversary of the strongest storm of this century this weekend, the Turf looked back on how our media of the small screen played their perspectives before, during and after the treacherous natural disaster.


People Power: A Piece of History Netizens Will Rather Forget

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The People Power Revolution is a bloodless revolution between the tyrannical State (the Marcos bust in La Union, destroyed in 2002) and the solidarity Church (the EDSA Shrine built in 1989). Sadly, many Filipino netizens now worshiped Marcos rather than the generous, merciful, compassionate and truthful God.

BOTH 1986 and 2014 begin in the same day of the year. Last February 7, those two years brought significance to the world. In 2014, Sochi commences the world on the 22nd Winter Olympics and in 1986, in our country, a snap election is held.

Focusing on the latter, the snap election’s result became a big outrage due to manipulation of the free people’s votes by the dictator’s stalwarts. Thus, a million people marched to EDSA, where the Camp Crame is located with no lethal weapons but rosaries and roses. For four days, the dictator and his family escaped freely from Malacanang.

This year, I’m sorry to say, most netizens will rather forget this piece of contemporary Philippine history. How did this happen? Such method of “fighting ignorance” includes (1) by ignoring the supposed objective of this peaceful revolution and (2) revising or deleting extremely the 1986 happening in our history books.  The methods are initiated exceptionally by the politically motivated social media scholars (PMSMS) since 2011. (more…)