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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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Ending Timow’s Turf

Dear readers:

I can’t sleep.

Both now and 5 years ago. In 2011, I can’t sleep because of the deceptive 15-minute YouTube video with their professional editing but never-ending nauseating attacks that favors their agenda and motive. Today, it’s because of the Supreme Court’s decision in favor of burying Marcos in the Libingan ng mga Bayani.

Because of that, I decided to post a new article — a personal one.

Based on statistics, my Turf barely made comment and viewership involvement throughout 2016 . I admit, it’s because of the treatise-like treatment. I hope you’ll give me some after reading this.

I’m supposed to schedule this 144th post to commemorate the 7th anniversary of the Maguindanao massacre. It was supposed be about the fake news on social media and it’s response. It would’ve been indeed a timely article and why it’s no better than what happened back then.

However, the instinct of urgency triggered me to do away with it but I will share my sentiments of what would’ve been my upcoming post in one powerful sentence:

The difference between then and now is that the culture of impunity is no longer on the hands of a political dynasty’s 3Gs (goons, guns and gold) but on millions online with followers, keyboards and coins.

The quote really fits the situation just now. It seems the misguided mob is triumphant and there’s nothing else we can do as they are always right and we’re always wrong. They have sold their own dignified and respectful soul that was formed for many years of formal schooling to the devil. Soon, they will feel their remorse but they can’t recover what they traded.

However, our resistance, no matter how hard we try, is futile with their sprouting legions. If it’s regression analysis, it’s either exponential, linear or logarithmic but never quadratic.

Because of the recent developments yesterday, which is beyond my control and deemed irreversible, I formally tendered my resignation letter to Gab Hernandez and to the Pinoy Nostalgia admins. In addition, I am currently considering my resignation to Gregory Maximinian on PHTV Group and hopefully, to Jayson Bustamante — despite the political differences — on the Radio counterpart.

My loss there will be yours as well, except the fanatics, bashers and bigots.

What will my Turf do now?

I still have some writing commitments for Christmas and the New Year in their own separate articles. Though in the middle of 2017, I will formally end it and keep it as a repository of future bloggers.

Although, I am ready to cease publishing earlier and I am ready to die if any of the content is “subversive” but I’ll dedicate my blood for the good of the sane, objective and dignified people.

My dear Turfers, I’m sorry to cause harm and I can’t continue longer inasmuch my true colors shine more in an even darker chapter that is more in store.

To Ralph Domingo, I am sorry to hear this bad news from me after 3 years of friendly discussion.

To Kevin Trinidad, even though Gregory criticized you, I am sorry.

To the names etched in the Wall of Remembrance in Bantayog ng mga Bayani, I failed you.

To the statues in Mendiola and Ayala, I am sorry for your sacrifices are now meaningless.

To the graves of Letty Jimenez-Magsanoc, Betty Go Belmonte, Chino Roces, June Keithley, et al., we are sorry for the rolling in on your graves.

To the landmarks who dedicate their lives against tyranny, we’re sorry as your dedication is now all wasted to vanity.

But what can we do now? We never learn and never will anymore. We are doomed to repeat it.

I hope you respect my decision as long as you have such respect to others.

~ Timow P