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.
And that was the makasaysayang story of Xiao Time. *mic drop*
Photo courtesy of ABS-CBN News
REAP what you show, este, sow.
Social media mavens heed this advice to Mocha Uson after her radio-TV program last Sunday (March 18) on DZRH was suspended for her malicious comment against Vice President Leni Robredo.
The 34-year-old entertainer turned apologist-propagandist of President Rodrigo Duterte and recently, an MTRCB board member berated the second highest official — as she does habitually over social media — on her eponymous weekly commentary show.
According to the Philippine Daily Inquirer, Jozy Acosta-Nisperos, head of the civil society group The Silent Majority — which supported the Roxas-Robredo campaign last year, filed the complaint. The group pointed out in a formal letter that Uson went out of bound of decency.
The correspondence excerpted her red-handed remark:
“’Kasi nga sinungaling ka at fake news ka… Huwag mong araw-arawin ang katangahan mo! Expletive (bleeped out)… Bumili ka ng utak! … Nakakahawa na yang katangahan mo … Sobra lang talagang nakakagalit ang kabobohan ng babae na to…’ ” (You are a liar and a bearer of fake news. Don’t share your stupidity every day! Buy a brain! Your stupidity is infectious. It made me irritated over her stupidity.)
In addition, Uson again attacked the mainstream media as “presstitutes” because they care about “getting paid rather than contributing positively to the country.”
The letter pointed out the 2007 Broadcast Code of the Kapisanan ng mga Broadkaster ng Pilipinas (KBP) that Uson is liable for violating certain provisions, particularly Article 2: Analysis and Commentaries.
“Sec. 2. Public affairs programs and commentaries shall be handled only by persons who have thorough knowledge of and practice broadcast ethics.
“Sec. 4. Public affairs programs shall strive to elicit responsible views on public issues, concerns and events from all sectors of society.
Uson’s timing to berate her was in response of her video message on the ‘palit-ulo’ scheme during the running war on drugs that will be presented to the United Nations and in the light of filing an impeachment case against President Duterte by Magdalo party-list Representative Gary Alejano. His case focused on corruption, betrayal of public trust and treason, where the latter has a recent emphasis over Benham Rise in the eastern seaboard of Luzon where he persistently downplay the maritime case to ease ties with its hegemonic claimant and rival, China.
Vice President Robredo, despite her criticism, repeatedly denied the plans to oust him as a form of “destabilization plot.”
That being said, Uson should realize her mistake before she will make the Elizalde ancestors spin in their graves if she does it again. Then, how can we teach her a lesson if she’ll rant over back in her comfort zone to serve her suspension?
As Ymman Jake Biaco thought, it would be humiliated if their owner, Manila Broadcasting Company (MBC), and their staff were called out by the KBP (since one of them is in heading the association) and they might impose a heavy sanction over this issue — though not necessarily a revocation of membership.
Anong masasabi mo, mga ka-TTS (Timow’s Turf supporters)?
Photo courtesy of ABS-CBN and Giphy.com
[This post is dedicated to Kevin Trinidad who is in Singapore and to all the women readers as today’s International Women’s Day.]
THIS SUNDAY night in the United States — Monday morning here in the Philippines — CBS political thriller Madam Secretary will air a fresh episode but one of its scenes will be provocative.
The synopsis of the series, now on its third season, focuses on testing the waters of countries with diplomatic relations of America, led by Téa Leoni as US Secretary of State Elizabeth McCord.
In our television sphere, Madam Secretary currently holds rights on its second season on both 2nd Avenue on RJTV 29 and Sony Entertainment Television on cable.
In the clip of the new episode, titled “Break in Diplomacy” (s3e15), the lecherous yet fictitious Philippine President Datu Andrada (portrayed by Joel de la Fuente) is alone with the Secretary in a room similar to one in Malacañang. The diplomat initially laughs off at uncomfortable advances from the leader of an important treaty ally but when he quips too far, she snaps, punches him on the face and leaves him a bloodied nose.
With that description, the Philippine embassy in Washington cried foul and the Palace condemned it because the fictitious President was embodied into the actual President, Rodrigo Duterte. The fanatics would backlash this act, would call the show’s cast and producers with persona non grata and would demand an apology.
However, that’s not the only case of national outrage over an American TV series, remember that episode of Desperate Housewives (ABC) regarding the qualification and quality of our country’s medical degrees eight years ago?
For there are people who are fumed, others refute or don’t mind at all.
The President’s harshest critics in social media will feast — have their field day — over the episode and will treat it as a keepsake. Some remarks would say that “art imitates life” and “truth hurts.” A common advice would be given to the complaining bandwagon to take it with a “grain of salt” — iodized salt that is.
Perhaps, for principled women who are celebrating their universal day today, a lesson behind the episode can be learned from that clip: “Misogyny should have no place in this world, especially in politics.”
Once this current season ends in May, it’s up to the cable channels if this episode will be accepted if they secure the broadcast rights on that season for the viewers who missed or wanted to watch this series.
P.S.: To Mr. Sunday, instead of nagging your favorite day over Twitter, why not watch that episode and make a judgment out of it?
Photo courtesy of: Rappler.com/David M. Russell/CBS
THE TURF’s neighboring blog, From the Tube, published last Wednesday about the priority spotlight of the Presidency that disrupts the other supposed co-equal branch of Government, specifically the legislative (i.e. Congress). It did in few instances since last September.
The article was published as part of the 30th anniversary of our Constitution last week. That’s the same organic document President Duterte wanted to be revised mostly or replaced entirely from the unitary internal governance to federal. But then, Ralph would say, “It’s unintentional.”
Looking deeper, despite being 1/3 of the supposed independent and co-equal branches of government, we perceived the Presidency to be powerful or nearly absolute. Perhaps, contemporary history did establish that permanent notion — the most expansive inherited from Marcos. That said, the concept of checks and balances explicitly enshrined in the supreme law is good on paper.
On that piece, the YouTube streaming links to elected branches of government are provided. Unknowingly, such streams are used by die-hard fanatics to make a spin against their critics (read: enemies of change) through devising a sensationalized title and abusing the custom thumbnail and upload them as their own for raking and training in gullible netizens.
For seven months now, we’re familiar and enduring with the President’s profanity-laced and off-scripted remarks that are integrated within his engagements ranging from afternoon to midnight and the audience applauded and laughed over it without thinking too deeply and swarm their unconditional loyalty over the Facebook comment section.
Online streaming reactions and analysis aside, this also bothered the Turf about a particular progress of a still state-owned media outlet.
PTV doesn’t need further explanation as they’re the paragon of the unpredictable presidential priority for 43 years. Her sister, IBC, no longer simulcast his engagements recently as they go with their lousy home shopping programming either from EZ Shop or Shop TV (formerly Value Vision). It puzzled much if the privatization process is completed or not without any notice. One thing’s for sure, it’s the cost — aside from unpredictability — of simulcast that became the motivating factor after realizing the lackluster financial standing and performance in Old Balara.
Like Visayas Avenue’s news department, News Team 13 favors the President no matter what criticisms are thrown with an abysmal newscasting minutiae: no live reports, no phone patches, no virtual broadcast design/graphic. No wonder IBC’s always behind on news delivery and social media reach; it’s unsurprising why it’s snubbed from the public’s psyche and forum. Perhaps, that’s the reason why Media Newser Philippines never mentioned anything from them.
When it comes to digital television transition (DTT), the Turf barely heard PTV’s progress — save the roll-out with the partnership of Japan’s NEC but for Channel 13, it’s a totally lost cause. The Broadcast City case is already mentioned here last August that doesn’t need any reiteration.
In the era where alternative facts reign, pro-administration trolls and blind supporters have been enjoying their field day but for most of us including fence sitters awaiting their realization of collapse to complain, what a time to be alive.
“In politics, stupidity is not a handicap.”
A WIN-WIN situation between PTV 4 and Ben Tulfo happened last night, at least.
The former timeslot of the standalone PTV Sports is now the new home of the public affairs program, Kilos Pronto (KP).
For those not familiar with the content, think of it as T3 back in TV5, his own Bitag Live and his brother Raffy’s Wanted sa Radyo, both on AksyonTV, combined but on primetime.
On its second season, this program is also presented by the returning news personality on the VHF turf, Alex Santos. It seems fitting for a Tulfo to call Channel 4 their new home where Media Newser Philippines (MNP) and the rest of the Philippine TV enthusiasts assessed it as a safe space for apologists and fanatics of President Rodrigo Duterte; for Santos, it’s obviously for him being a Davaoeño.
After their inaugural season, their contract with UNTV News and Rescue ended but with no certain explanation. Possible theories behind the transfer include:
- the opinionated view on the P2P bus service issue,
- the termination of the contract that made Bro. Daniel Razon not amused with their performance (unilaterally) or disagreements/dissatisfaction with both parties (bilaterally), or
- Tulfo’s other public affairs program, Bitag, is on the said state channel.
Although, MNP classified the Visayas Avenue network in the loser’s list for 2016, this program is a temporary patch. Presidential Communications Office chief Martin Andanar should really need to take a serious, lasting fix — more than just cosmetic changes — in order to make the broadcaster to be impartial and editorially independent as his superior promised and to lessen their unpredictable coverage as the public entrusted.
Kilos Pronto (KP) airs Monday to Friday, 7-8 p.m. on PTV 4.
‘TIS THE SEASON.
As The Turf approaches its 3rd anniversary this coming Wednesday — we will report the traditional annual holiday primer for the 4th time on what will be on television in the Philippines. This year’s Christmas Day and the coming New Year’s Day (2017) will both fall on Sunday — James Ty III’s favorite day of the week — and it’ll be the first Christmas for President Rodrigo Duterte.
This holiday primer will span from today, December 10, 2016 until January 1, 2017 and it will split into seven (7) chronological phases.
Please bear with us because sometimes, not everything will go on as planned or expected.
WARNING: This article will harass some people who will be slain and burned by the author. He is assured that he neither associates himself with the network nor he favors it. Reader discretion is so definitely advised.
44 YEARS AGO today, ABS-CBN 2 was shut down without notice; viewers at that time became perplexed until that evening when President Ferdinand Marcos appeared and explained to his people; he declared Martial Law throughout the entire country ensuring safety from the preceding chronicles of rebellion and unrest.
However, such “quelling” was actually a forceful military takeover of their assets. Of course, it returned back to their pre-martial law owners in 1986 and nine years later, the franchise was granted by 9th Congress and ratified through Republic Act 7966 on March 30, 1995.
Everything is as good as it should be. However, the granted franchise has a provision that will last for 25 years or until March 30, 2020 — less than four years from now.
With that remaining time, extremely critical yet ignorant and irrational netizens are wishing Mother Ignacia bad karma without knowing the real process.
Here on Timow’s Turf, we will get to the bottom of this to determine the fatal path within Mother Ignacia.
EVERY YEAR, Timow’s Turf traditionally publish the nationwide holidays that are promulgated from Malacanang Palace for the coming year. As we said over again, those holidays supersede those of the permanently printed ones in blue and red. President Rodrigo Duterte issued Proclamation 50, applying the holidays for the year 2017, his administration’s first full calendar year.
The holidays at a glance
Workers who work on those holidays paid twice on that day.
- January 1 (Sunday): New Year’s Day
- April 9 (Sunday): Araw ng Kagitingan
- April 13: Maundy Thursday
- April 14: Good Friday
- May 1 (Monday): Labor Day
- June 12 (Monday): Independence Day
- August 28 (Monday): National Heroes’ Day
- November 30 (Thursday): Bonifacio Day
- December 25 (Monday): Christmas Day
- December 30 (Saturday): Rizal Day
Special Non-Working Holidays
Those who work on such holidays will pay 30% more or otherwise, no pay.
- January 28 (Saturday): Chinese New Year (Year of the Rooster)
- February 25 (Saturday): EDSA People Power Anniversary
- April 15: Black Saturday
- August 21 (Monday): Ninoy Aquino Day
- October 31 (Tuesday): Special Non-Working Holiday
- November 1 (Wednesday): All Saints’ Day
- December 31 (Sunday): New Year’s Eve
Like the previous years, Muslim holidays are not published in the Proclamation but such proclamation will be declared within 1-2 weeks and both of them are legal holidays. The dates below are based on Islamic authorities and Southeast Asian neighbors.
- Eid’l Fitr will fall on June 25 (Sunday) but may be declared on 26th (Monday to create a long weekend).
- Eid’l Adha on September 1 (Friday)
Insights & issues
Maximizing the holidays
This coming year will have a galore of long weekends ending Monday; thus, lessening vacation leaves to be filed. Having October 31 as an additional special non-working holiday will be a benefit of passengers’ exodus to their provinces during All Saints’ Day.
Employees can maximize their vacation leave on October 30, November 2 & 3 to have a week off lasting nine (9) calendar days. Aside from that, they can file a VL on December 1 to get a four-day weekend.
Issues on the holidays
Holiday maximization and analysis aside, there are some notes that may irritate some sectors in cyberspace.
The holidays associated with his predecessor, Benigno S. Aquino III — People Power Day (February 25) and Ninoy Aquino Day (August 21) — remained in the proclamation. Some desperate keyboard warriors (especially to those born after 1986) wanted to repeal those holidays to disassociate them from the past “six lost years” of himself and his mother’s, but they should realize that the designation of Ninoy Aquino Day came from legislation, Republic Act 9256, back in 2004 — under former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo. The only way to repeal it is to follow normal legislative process — file a bill, get through three readings in both houses of Congress and the President’s signature — from taking any further prospective effect.
Like him, he neither applied the “Holiday Economics” policy (RA 9492) enacted by then-President Macapagal-Arroyo for the sake of historical basis. The only way to compensate the “holiday-on-a-Sunday” issue like this year is to repeal the “Holiday Economics” and emulate the holiday policy to those of Singapore or Hong Kong — if a holiday falls on a Sunday, the following business day will be considered the compensating holiday.
So far, the 17th Congress is reluctant to do such proposals because of their legislative priorities and lame alibis.
[Photo courtesy of Huffington Post]
This post is dedicated to Jerick Ilagan (ramones1986).
CHANGE IS COMING. Those three words is a slogan of Rodrigo Duterte during his campaign. Now that he is our President of this country for 11 days, this slogan is currently putting in to practice on its six-year plan nationwide.
In the Philippine television industry, the Big 3 will not affect the operation under the new Presidential administration when it comes to entertainment, religious and sports programming. The Big 3’s news departments are trying to be fine-tuned on covering the remaining 89 days (to complete his first 100 days) and the rest of his term (i.e. until June 30, 2022) that may impair their respective definition, scope and limitation of objectivity in journalism. Nevertheless, there is only one TV network that will affect the most among the VHF occupants: People’s Television Network (PTV 4).
Why is PTV 4 in the spotlight of this article? How extensive is his change in Visayas Avenue? The short answer we can assess is very extensive and the Turf will tackle this into deep detail.