President Rodrigo Duterte

Of It’s Showtime and of Our Traditional Media’s Time Consciousness

[Requested by Albert Brian Gimao]
THEY SAY, time is of the essence.
However, in the past weeks, ABS-CBN’s It’s Showtime went into overtime as late as almost 4:00 p.m. and consequentially pushed the remainder of the day’s lineup later than usual after Wildflower finished airing.
This case was beyond the two reasonable excuses why some programs start late or were ditched, such as a fast-pacing game going overtime (e.g. the triple overtime in PBA between Ginebra and Rain or Shine) and rollercoaster-cum-circus of political engagements — logic-spinning Palace press conference, grandstanding congressional hearings and off-the-cuff presidential remarks in that order.
While we point the fingers to Vice Ganda over excessive bantering as other include the inferences of more ad loads (even though a true member of KBP) and the accounting of agonizing rush hour traffic in Metro Manila, another reason of that “experiment” was an attempt to derail the successful afternoon teleserye across Timog Avenue, Ika-6 na Utos, which ends this coming week.
Another claim that ABS’ attempt to stop the network war is TV Patrol‘s futile match to 24 Oras due to the stamped bias by President Rodrigo Duterte but this can be reasonably dismissed as ludicrous and then, the latter fought fire with fire.
While time check is obviously a must for radio to its listeners, that’s another story on television.
Historically, RPN wore the iconic digital clock on the bottom left of the screen with “0” in the hour instead of “12.” Currently, PTV wore the clock when the program is running; GMA 7 displayed the time on an hourly basis for a minute while its sister channel, News TV, wore their watch when a news program or an extensive news event is covered. On cable, ABS-CBN News Channel displays it on their ticker when a program or a live special coverage runs.
On May 15, 2013, then-President Benigno Aquino III signed Republic Act 10535 as the latest step to curb the chaotic timekeeping. While the law remains in force, his successor did not exemplify the spirit of the law by arriving late before his aforementioned engagements, given his body clock expressively as a night owl.
The sad truth of the implementation is that it only complies synchronization with the atomic clocks over PAGASA-DOST and over Greenwich but not it does not instill our people’s importance of discipline on doing away the inherent age-old habit of tardiness.
Back to the case of It’s Showtime, the network management, Direk Bobet Vidanes and the Showtime gang resolved the issue in an “emergency meeting” but then, it restored to its old (recent) ways. As Holy Week is lurking in the horizon — where their Lenten drama specials would be aired in lieu of all entertaining segments save Tawag ng Tanghalan — we should not be complacent.
While the seasonal noontime drama’s running time is fixed, the live singing competition would offset and end up to the same state of ending at merienda time.

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New Season of Philippines Football League Gets a New Broadcaster?


THE PHILIPPINES FOOTBALL LEAGUE is getting a new broadcasting home?

This is how Gab F. Hernandez observed as he captured the Cignal’s electronic program guide (EPG) in the wee hours of this morning.

Rumor has it that PFL will kick its new season this Saturday (March 3) on AksyonTV, marking the return of national soccer coverage since its predecessor, United Football League (UFL).

Recall that PTV didn’t last the half of the first round of the regular season last year– no thanks to prioritizing President Rodrigo Duterte’s curse-laden engagements — which led to Mycujoo delegating the rest.

During the intermezzo between the two seasons, FC Meralco Manila dissolved last January 8 after losing both its players and investors’ support while 10 days later, Ilocos United will not show up after failing to secure a new naming sponsor. Last February 6, Kaya FC transferred its home from Makati to Iloilo.

With six teams remaining, the league’s regular season format changed from two rounds of home and away with the finals series (regular: May to November, finals: December) to two and a half home and away rounds but without the finals (March to August). In addition, the PFL Cup will be introduced and will be played in October.

Like most leagues, the defending champions will usually initiate the new regular season. However, in our case, Ceres Negros and Stallion Laguna rescheduled its kickoff match from this Saturday at 4:00 p.m., by agreement, to June 27. Thus, the match between JPV Marikina and Global Cebu at 7:00 p.m. will become automatically the first.

Nevertheless, if AksyonTV holds true with the rumor of coverage, we wish them the very best.

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International TV Laws That Can Be Done in the Philippines

[Requester: Albert Brian Gimao]

THE PHILIPPINES is a sovereign republic, which means they are governed by the rule of law and such application spreads throughout the archipelago.

We have enacted laws that regulate industries and we have its corresponding departments and agencies to execute.

In the mass media industry, specifically on television, we have legislation from setting aside time for children’s television to place closed captioning in every program possible.

When the President signs them into law, the implementing rules and regulations (IRR) were automatically crafted. Subsequent rulings and orders issued from the government agencies, such as the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) and Movies, Television Review and Classification Board (MTRCB), together with non-government associations such as the Kapisanan ng mga Brodkaster ng Pilipinas (KBP), made up the official interpretation on the potential legal loopholes.

While its proper implementation remains problematic, there are some other laws around the world concerning the industry that can be done here. (more…)

Why Are Our Late Night Talk Shows Afraid to Take A Dig on Our Politics?

[AUTHOR’S NOTE: This article is written in anticipation of U.S. President Donald Trump meeting with President Rodrigo Duterte from tomorrow until Tuesday (November 12-14). This is also a comprehensive response to Joshua Jimenez’s Banat entry last July 21. Due to expected vitriol, readership discretion is SERIOUSLY ADVISED.]


From tomorrow until Tuesday, US President Donald Trump will meet President Rodrigo Duterte in the Philippines after APEC Vietnam 2017.


LAST APRIL, the news and opinion site Vox tackled about comedians, particularly in late night shows, becoming “rock stars” for chiding incumbent U.S. President Donald Trump’s unpredictable predicaments and praised them for outsmarting free-to-air and cable news reporters for their low tolerance of bull.

For the internationally conscious rising Filipinos, one can admire the shade throwing of John Oliver, Trevor Noah, Jimmy Fallon and Seth Meyers with less effort via YouTube — if they cannot afford monthly cable or any video-on-demand subscriptions. Some wished it could happen here with the similar-minded leadership and similar-minded hyperpartisan divisiveness but many asked why it barely or never happens in reality.

In America, the jurisdiction of concerned agencies, such as the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), is clearly defined and unattached, thus, independently attached from any branch of government. Hence, it’s not easy for Trump to just revoke the license of NBC after getting butthurt over a late night show and demanding “equal time” in his mere personal tweet.

Our counterpart, the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) is under the Department of Information Communications and Technology (DICT) – which the term “independent agencies” is legally nonexistent here – but the functions are similar to those in the U.S.

However, the primary answer to the question on where our similarities end and a difference begin would be — as few libertarians would say — our near-absolute historically shaping government/State intervention that leads us to cowardice and unconditional submission.

This is why our talk shows decided to interview most, if not all, showbiz celebrities and non-politician newsmakers and taking digs is diminished as a segment just like the reinstated Word of the Lourd on then-balanced TV5 as its offshoot standalone program, Kontrabando didn’t last.

Imagine if ABS-CBN’s Gandang Gabi Vice was like HBO’s Last Week Tonight, President Duterte would get even more insane to spew more threats of non-renewal of the network’s franchise without end; even though, he did not know he was, ironically and ungratefully, the guest of that show back in 2015 just before his candidacy. (This can also apply to Trump’s ungratefulness to NBC during The Apprentice.)


Banat mentioned diminishing audience interest after the initial huge following but notice that the demographic trends are assertively changing and rising (from our millennial generation onwards) – choice seems to be their consensual plea over networks’ profit.

Another question that might be asked if there is enough supply of comedians that takes any dig. To be honest, we do have enough supply – slightly oversupplied — but we don’t see all of them on TV taking such a magnitude of verbal slay.

We don’t hear Allan K talk on that specific topic in Eat Bulaga because of his fear of the admin ally Senator Tito Sotto; Boobay could but can’t due to her regular commitment as a bluffer on Celebrity Bluff (which is not a talk show) while Ethel Booba – the Charot Queen – is barely seen on TV but she’s actively slaying up on Twitter.

Sadly, the last resort of roast throwing would possibly be on comedy sketch programs.

In the past, we do have political spoofing, ironically, in a government-owned network with The Sic O Clock News but not much externally and internally nowadays. Last year, GMA’s Sunday PinaSaya made a spoof of Duterte (portrayed by Jose Manalo) meeting with Trump (portrayed by Mike “Pekto” Nacua).

However, its rival, Banana Sundae, was not able to duplicate it.

Why is it easy for Americans to do them?

Simply, Americans are natural risk-takers; we are not.

While their presidential administrations come and go, their shows still go on despite different presenters once the new season — not necessarily coterminous with their term — kicks in; ours tend to cut short due to their butthurt reactions and spewing threats of the ax before their term ends.

Don’t get it wrong, our comedians can be great talk show hosts to chide as Vice Ganda would but its internal conservative mindset and the eternal network war culture hinders them to take bigger possibilities (i.e. diversity of programming for the networks and diversity of the comedian’s portfolio).

That being said, let’s not give the prospectively returning Medyo Late Night Show with Jojo A. any ideas on his new home on PTV this month as unconditional compliance is still king over defiance. Not to mention, his show might be disrupted in favor of their true star.

Playing it safe is the riskiest choice we can ever make.” — Sarah Ban Breathnach

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PTV’S HOMECOMING, OUR WARNING: Thoughts on Their Return to Cover SEA Games and More


  • August 18, 8:29 p.m.: Added confirmed coverage times from Gab
  • August 16, 10:47 p.m.: The 2019 SEA Games’ hosting in the Philippines will push through.

[Dedicated to Gab Ferreras, Kevin Estrada, Ivan Saldajeno of Dugout Philippines and the fans of Philippines Football League]

Few sporting competitions may have begun this week but this Saturday will mark the Opening Ceremony of the 29th SEA Games in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. PTV will come home to cover but the Philippine sporting community is alarmed with their return.

ALTHOUGH few sports began their competition this week, this Saturday will mark the opening ceremony of the 29th Southeast Asian Games in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on People’s Television (PTV), after 10 years, putting back the glory days as the Philippine sportscasting authority.

However, the sporting community is very wary of their solo return.

What’s so alarming and why we should be? It may not be myriads to reason out the concerns but let’s jump in.


The Turf’s Guide to 2018 Philippine Holidays


Timow’s Turf is returning back to herald the tradition where everybody is looking forward to: the nationwide holidays for the upcoming year.

President Rodrigo Duterte issued Proclamation 269, dated last Monday, for the official nationwide holidays for 2018.

The timing’s a bit earlier than the usual but it’s all worthwhile for employees to file their vacation leaves as early — and as maximum — as possible.

Travel bloggers will seize this opportunity to showcase and to assess their trips. Non-travel, specialty bloggers like this one and From the Tube could use these days when they will not post any content.

The Turf will not present the holidays in a standard post like in the past years but on a slideshow:

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Some ka-DDS failed to push for the repeal of February 25 and August 21 as official holidays. As I said for last year, such moves are not a priority measure.



The Immaculate Conception’s feast day (December 8) — despite a Catholic holy day of obligation for the Philippines — is not yet a holiday.


Regarding the status of December 8, the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, as a special non-working holiday, the news so far — according to Manila Bulletin last May, it was approved in the House of Representatives in all three readings. They need to be passed in the Senate with the same process and then, the signature of the President to become an official law.

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Timow’s Open Pit #1: SONA 2017


President Rodrigo Duterte will deliver his second State of the Nation Address next Monday, July 24.

ON JULY 24, President Rodrigo Duterte will deliver his second State of the Nation Address (SONA) in Batasang Pambansa, Quezon City.

As the name implies, this political event will be about the conditions that transpired around the country and after a year since he delivered in his dais in the plenary hall last year, everything happened faster than we can ever imagine. (more…)

Philippines Football League both to kick out UFL, off tomorrow

The new and legit national professional football league was launched last April 21 at Shangri-La at the Fort in Taguig City.

THE IDENTITY CRISIS and legitimacy of our national, top-tier and professional football (soccer) league is finally over.
Beginning tomorrow, the new (and de jure) league called Philippines Football League (PFL) will kick out the de facto United Football League (UFL) in the early 2010s.
What went wrong with the latter league? Are there any changes in the competition? What will be the inaugural game plan? Who will be the broadcaster?


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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Mocha’s radio show gets suspended over insult vs. VP Leni


Mocha Uson faced suspension over her remarks against Vice President Leni Robredo last Sunday on her radio show on DZRH.

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.

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