Category: Other Stories

ABS-CBN workers join candle lighting to call for franchise renewal

MANILA — Rank and file employees of television giant ABS-CBN joined the second Black Friday protest calling for their franchise renewal. The National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP) organized the said nationwide silent protest and candle lighting on Jan. 24. Dressed in black and holding a tarpaulin bearing the call, #YEStoABSCBNFranchiseRenewal, members of…

Paramilitary forcibly enters Church Lumad sanctuary

Last week, the Regional Peace and Order Council – 11 issued a resolution demanding the closure of the church compound. By JANESS ANN J. ELLAO Bulatlat.com MANILA — Days after a regional peace body ordered its closure, some suspected members of the paramilitary broke into the United Church of Christ in Philippines (UCCP) – Haran…

Franchise renewal as a defense of press freedom

By pounding on ABS-CBN, Duterte aims to create a chilling effect among media practitioners. If he could bully the biggest broadcast network, what could stop him from doing the same to others? He and his minions in the House wield the franchise renewal like a Damocles sword, ready to maim freedom of speech and whatever is left of our democracy.