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UST health workers group continues labor despite management dismissal

Workers from the University Hospital are facing another threat in the form of dismissals implemented by the hospital management, Ugnayang Nagkakaisang Manggagawa–University of Santo Tomas (UNM–UST) announced today in their Labor Day press release. 

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Workers from the University Hospital are facing another threat in the form of dismissals implemented by the hospital management, Ugnayang Nagkakaisang Manggagawa–University of Santo Tomas (UNM–UST) announced today in their Labor Day press release. 

“We have struggled against the immense power of our employer but despite all odds, we remained steadfast and strong in keeping our heads high in the fight of our rights,” UNM-UST said.

Sacked workers, according to UNM–UST, became “casualties of unwarranted dismissals” that came in the guise of business losses. 

The remaining staff members of UST Hospital vowed to “remain strong” and committed to upholding the rights of the workers despite their disregarded pleas for additional benefits. 

Over the last three months, the workers have been fighting the coronavirus pandemic despite “being unequipped of what is [ahead] of them.”

“[T]he workers of USTH had to stay away from their families so that they may help and care for others who were admitted at our employer’s hospital,” the organization stressed. 

UNM–UST with the #CompassionNOTermination assured that the hospital staff are not alone in the ongoing fight for their “basic right of security of tenure.”

“[T]his is not only your fight but a fight of all the workers of the hospital. Mabuhay ang mga manggagawa ng University of Santo Tomas Hospital,” the organization said. Jayziel Khim Budino

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Write the truth—Atom Araullo, DepEd to campus journalists

Araullo said that it is not enough to present the facts, and as journalists it is part of the responsibility to reveal the truth behind the facts and make it into a story in which the audience can relate to.

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Media professionals gathered yesterday in a webinar, “#CAMPJOURN: Campus and Community Journalism in a Time of Pandemic,” to encourage campus journalists to report the truth despite the changing journalism landscape.

GMA7 news broadcast journalist Atom Araullo highlighted the importance of the balance in reporting and power in storytelling.

“Sa trabaho natin, napakahalaga na nakukuha natin yung tamang impormasyon… But you also have to make sure that yung information mo is something that will illuminate kung ano yung katotohanan,” he said during the online forum.

Araullo said that it is not enough to present the facts, and as journalists it is part of the responsibility to reveal the truth behind the facts and make it into a story in which the audience can relate to.

“People say that there are two sides of a story. That’s true,” he said. “Pero the truth is just one thing. There is just one objective reality.”

Department of Education Bureau of Curriculum Development Director Jocelyn Andaya told campus journalists to “keep writing.” 

She stressed that during the ongoing pandemic, there is a need for a purpose and this is the time in which correct and fact-checked news stories are needed. 

“[D]on’t just write because you want to this time,” she said. “Sometimes I was told by campus journalists…’it takes courage to defy,’…It takes courage, but defiance has to be tempered with correct information.”

“You have to make sure that what you write about is true,” she said. 

Emotion in news stories

Journalists, according to Araullo, are not just robots gathering information, which means that emotions and critical thinking are two factors to be considered and taken advantage of when writing a story. 

“Bilang journalist, yung personal feelings mo, hindi mo ‘yan mahihiwalay sa eventual story na gagawin mo,” he said “[Y]ou can be an effective journalist even if you acknowledge…na ikaw ay isang tao na mayoong emosyon at mayroong panindigan.”

Araullo considers emotions as a “good thing” when it comes to projecting news because the act of feeling, for him, gives the journalist an idea of the plight of the ordinary citizens. 

“Kahit na anong pilit, kahit na anong subok mo, at kahit na lokohin mo yung sarili mo na kaya mong gawin ‘yon, it’s not possible kasi you have to make choices along the way.” he said.

“[Y]ou have to choose how to write it. With all of those choices, you are already shaping the story,” he added.

Araullo emphasized that there is also the need to consider other fundamentals of journalism like accuracy and balance and the importance of putting context in stories. 

“[A]no ba yung surrounding situation na kinalalagyan nitong mga facts na ito? Sigurado ba ‘ko na yung facts na ito ay hindi cherry-picked?” he said.

Issue to impact

Araullo said stories should not only induce feelings of happiness, sadness, or anger, but also urge the citizens “to find solutions necessary to make change.”

To do that, he said that journalists must hone their storytelling prowess, “from stories to solutions, from issues to impact, ” and create connection with the audience.

“[N]aghahanap ka ng isang paraan na maintindihan ng audience na kahit na hindi siya yung nakakaranas nitong istoryang ‘to, nararamdaman niya kung anong epekto nito doon sa nakakaranas ng istorya,” he said.

Additionally, Internews media specialist Kat Raymundo emphasized the “framework of accountability.” 

Media, according to her, serves as a “tool” that could either be helpful or used for political reasons, which is why journalists must use it to empower people to provide for their needs.

“[W]e must restore public trust and credibility, and journalism in a changing world must work on self-regulation and social responsibility,” she said. 

Raymundo urged the budding journalists to stop being “passive consumers” of news and instead make use of the old and new media as an “informed citizen” who interacts with other media users.

“Let’s be aware, complain, or even [encourage] criticism, because media development will not happen if the public does not demand more from this powerful institution,” she said. Coleen Ruth Abiog and Jayziel Khim Budino

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Threats to PH justice system, press freedom exposed in pandemic

“We are facing both old and new challenges as paces for the very same freedoms that journalists share with citizens like freedom of expression and […] information have been further restricted under this administration and during this health crisis.”

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Free Legal Assistance Group lawyer Chel Diokno believes that the ongoing pandemic exposed the “flaws” in the country’s justice system because of the numerous “questionable” arrests of individuals for alleged breach of quarantine protocols.

Diokno emphasized this during the Eyes on the Court webinar of the Court Appointments Watch held on May 20, saying that the implementation of quarantine protocols allowed the “weaponization of the law” and for authorities to go after the “enemies” of the administration.

“I think we all know that the power to arrest a person is one of the greatest powers given to the state. Sad to say it is also one of the most abused powers historically,” Diokno said.

For Diokno, the power of the police to make warrantless arrests was abused during the pandemic and was “broadened to cover offenses that never intended to be the subject of warrantless arrest.”

He mentioned the cases of Bambi Beltran and Ronel Mas who were arrested, and Linn Oridor who was asked to be deported due to their posts on social media which allegedly violated the Bayanihan Act’s provision on fake news which, for him, are legitimate expressions of opinion.

These posts, according to Diokno, should be considered more of a “hyperbole and protected speech.”

“Obviously yung mga nagpost sa Facebook na ‘bibigyan ko ng 100 million ganyan ganyan,’ wala naman silang kakayanan na magbigay naman talaga ng ganyang pera or any kinds of means to do that,” he said.

“Lahat ng mga bagay na ito ay talagang nakaka-distorbo because these are really of great concern to our democracy. When you speak about freedom of speech that is supposed to be the cornerstone of our democracy,” Diokno said.

He also reiterated that the “on the ground” situation in detention centers needs to be fixed especially because quarantine violators cannot observe physical distancing due to overcrowding and detainees are being beaten up and not given food.

Diokno adds that most of these quarantine violators are the poor who have no access to the courts, lawyers, and have not enough money to post bail; or if lucky to “scrape up the money for bail,” they still find a hard time complying with the requirements.

He also said that those who committed light offenses should be freed immediately and be given recognizance, given that these offenses do not need to post bail.

Freedom of expression, information further curtailed

Moreover, Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism senior reporter Karol Ilagan regards the pandemic situation as a “threat” in truth-telling in the country.

She reiterated that this critical time of reporting reliable and verified information comes along with the threats to press freedom, journalists’ safety, and the spread of disinformation.

“We are facing both old and new challenges as paces for the very same freedoms that journalists share with citizens like freedom of expression and […] information have been further restricted under this administration and during this health crisis,” said Ilagan.

She emphasized that the Bayanihan Act’s provision penalizing fake news “can easily be used by those in power to file complaints against individuals.”

She also mentioned that aside from the forced closure of the country’s biggest network ABS-CBN, numerous community papers around the country also ceased operations due to the lockdown.

“Kailangan po tandaan natin ‘yung konteksto nito is that the House has sat on the issue for several months hanggang sa makarating po tayo sa May 5 kung saan ABS-CBN went off-air,” Ilagan said.

Media workers and practitioners, according to her, are “under intense pressure” due to these events, especially contractual workers who are under no-work-no-pay scheme and may also face lay-offs in the coming months.

Ilagan also said that the public’s right to know and the access to information is even higher during the pandemic, but has been limited due to the limited working hours and work force during the lockdown.

She urged journalists to try to reach out more to communities who were “separated” during the lockdown to help stop the spread of disinformation.

“May mga collaborative efforts na rin po so kung baga parang mas kailangan po nating magtulungan between and among news organizations and at the same time also between and among academe, experts, and the media,” Ilagan said. With reports from Jayziel Khim Budino and Coleen Ruth Abiog

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Media, artists back freedom of press, expression

Media practitioners, artists, and various organizations expressed their support in freedom of the press and freedom of expression in response to the possible removal of ABS-CBN franchise and passage of Anti-Terrorism Bill.

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Media practitioners, artists, and various organizations expressed their support in freedom of the press and freedom of expression in response to the possible removal of ABS-CBN franchise and passage of Anti-Terrorism Bill.

“Ang sining ang kaluluwa ng ating bayan. Ang kalayaan sa pamamahayag at pagpapahayag ang kaluluwa ng demokrasya. ‘Pag dumating ang panahon na wala na ang mga ‘yan, wala na ang bayan,” Filipino director Joel Lamangan said in a speech at Cine Adarna Film Center, University of the Philippines (UP) Diliman on Saturday, March 7, 2020.

Lamangan stressed that the role of art and film is not just evoking emotions but reflecting the reality in the lives of the Filipinos.

“Ang pinagbabatayan ay ang katotohanang nakikita nila sa araw-araw na buhay, at ang katotohanang nakikita nila ay ang katotohanang nagrerepresenta sa interes ng nakararami,” he said.

The truth, according to Lamangan, is that many Filipinos are still oppressed, remain in poverty, killed, and continuously deceived by government officials.

“Ano ang katotohanan?…Ang katotohanang hindi ka maaaring magsabi ng katotohanan taliwas sa kanilang katotohanang ipinaglalaban,” Lamangan said.

Joel Lamangan speaks in the forum “Malaya” at the Cine Adarna Film Institute in the University of the Philippines-Diliman on March 8, 2020.

UP College of Fine Arts Prof. Neil Doloricon, Chairperson of Concerned Artists of the Philippines, similarly pointed out that artists and journalists play an important role in urging the people to prevent the death of the democracy.

“Ang kalayaan sa pamamahayag at pagpapahayag ay karapatan nating lahat. Ito ang ating sandata laban sa pang-aabuso sa kapangyarihan ng oligarkiya,” Doloricon said. “Ang karapatang ito ay dapat maglingkod sa kapakinabangan ng mamamayan.”

Doloricon mentioned that both artists and journalists during the Marcos regime continued to fight for freedom and democracy despite the forceful shutdown of the mass media and the press.

“Uhaw sa tunay na impormasyon at balita ang mamamayan. At ito ay sinikap gampanan ng mga artista, midya ng bayan,” he said.

On ABS-CBN franchise removal

In light of the franchise removal of ABS-CBN network, Doloricon said that the Duterte administration has not given any consideration to almost 11,000 employees who will be directly affected.

“Ngayon lantarang ipinahihiwatig ni Duterte na kanyang pipigilan ang muling pagbibigay ng prangkisa sa ABS-CBN,” he said. “Malinaw na ang kaganapang ito ay pagyurak sa kalayaan nating magpahayag.”

Defend Jobs PH and National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP) both said that the freedom of the press and search for truth is a struggle in the current administration.

“Ang pakikibaka para sa kalayaan ay pakikibaka din para sa kasiguraduhan sa trabaho, nakabubuhay na sahod, at disenteng kabuhayan. Kasabay sa paghahanap ng katotohanan ay ang pagkakamit ng hustisiyang panlipunan…Hindi ito makakamit sa ilalim ng kasalukuyang rehimen.” Thadeus Ifurung of Defend Jobs said.

Dabet Panelo of NUJP said, “Mas malala yung sitwasyon sa ibang mga media companies dahil…karamihan ay bawal magpakita ng suporta sa kompetisyon.”

Kabataan Partylist Rep. Sarah Elago expressed her support, citing that the youth have become the usual target of fake news, disinformation, profiling, and red-tagging.

“Ang kabataan ay nakikiisa sa lahat ng layong ito na naninindigan kasama ng mga alagad ng medya sa pagtatanggol ng mga kalayaan sa pamamahayag at pagpapahayag.”

Despite the attack on press freedom and freedom of expression, according to Doloricon, it only indicates the effectiveness of the criticisms of both media and artists.

“Ang ating karapatan at kalayaan sa pamamahayag at pagpapahayag ay hindi panlilimos kundi ito ay iginigiit at ipinaglalaban.” he said. “ Ito rin ang hamon ngayon. Huwag tayong matakot at ipaglaban natin ito.”

The event, Malaya: Gathering for Press Freedom and Freedom of Expression, was organized by College Editors Guild of the Philippines, in cooperation with Altermidya – People’s Alternative Media Network, Defend Jobs Philippines, Concerned Artists of the Philippines, Kadamay, Active Vista, Movement Against Tyranny, Youth Act Now Against Tyranny, Dakila, and Kabataan Partylist.

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