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TV networks initially barred, then given access to Duterte’s inauguration

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Change is coming and it definitely seems that way as incoming presidential communications secretary Martin Andanar announced on Wednesday that broadcast networks are allowed to cover President-elect Rodrigo Duterte’s inauguration on June 30.

Andanar said that Duterte approved the TV networks’ request to broadcast the inauguration live.

After serious consideration, the organizing committee of the Inauguration 2016 has decided to approve the request of the national broadcasting companies to have a strategic space on Malacañang grounds,” he said.

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The journalists will be given their “strategic space” near Gate 6.

This was a different story a few days ago.

On Monday, June 20, inauguration organizer Liset Marquez told news site Rappler that media outlets will only get to use the photos and videos of the event from Radio TV Malacañang (RTVM).

Andanar also said that media are not allowed in Duterte’s inauguration venue in Malacañang’s Rizal Hall due to limited space, while saying that Duterte even requested his incoming Cabinet members not to bring their spouses along.

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Their plan then was to allow journalists and other media workers to monitor the event from the New Executive Building, where the Malacañang Press Corps works.

“Talagang masikip lang talaga sa loob… ng Rizal Hall. Hindi siya ganun kalaki ang espasyo… So iyong atin namang  mga kasamahan sa RTVM ay sanay naman sila sa mga broadcast pool. So, I think you will not have a difficult time,” Andanar said.

Andanar added then that only RTVM would be allowed in Rizal Hall, where around 500 guests would be accommodated.

As expected, netizens have different reactions to this new change leading to Duterte’s inauguration.

Some said that there’s nothing new about Duterte’s camp changing their stand on things, while others said that the media should be thankful to have been given the permission to broadcast the inauguration, which should be taken as an opportunity for them to straighten out if they want to cover more news from the president-elect.

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But as what veteran journalist Inday Espina-Varona has said, Duterte’s inauguration is an important event that should be covered by more than just the official Palace broadcast media.
“Okay, so it’s a small hall. Good for 500 people; invites limited to 150. But I don’t agree with coverage strictly dictated by RTVM. There is enough space for a pool from the private/alternative/digital media. There ought to be more than one PERSPECTIVE for an important event. There is no reason to fear a different perspective.

This is extreme news management. Disappointing, to say the least. Media will do its job despite these constraints. Journalists will find ways to file stories beyond that which the State Media feeds. Ginawa na yan dati. Gagawin uli.”

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On the same day Andanar announced the approval of TV networks’ live coverage of the June 30 event, he also revealed that the guest list has increased to 627 from 500 guests to be accommodated in the Rizal Hall. He said that this is not yet final, but even these figures were a huge jump from what Duterte initially said as an event with only 150 guests during a May 23 press briefing.

More guests were added to the list due to the president-elect’s insistence to invite Davao City councilors, according to Davao City Information Officer Joseph Garcia.

However, it seems like there is still no invitation extended to Vice President-elect Leni Robredo, whose camp said that they are taking cues from Duterte’s camp as to how the inauguration will go. Her camp also said that they are willing to change their preparations if there happens to be a last-minute invitation from Duterte.

Duterte’s special assistant Bong Go explained earlier that Duterte’s decision to hold separate inaugurations was to allow Robredo to invite as many guests as she’d like to her town inauguration.

Duterte will take oath at Malacañang instead of the usual venue at the Quirino Grandstand, while Robredo chose to be inaugurated at the Quezon City Reception House, along with representatives from the fishermen, farmers, and labor sectors she has worked with as a human rights lawyer.

Both Duterte and Robredo vowed to hold simple and modest inaugurations.

With Andanar’s promise of Duterte giving one of the “best speeches ever delivered in the Palace” this June 30, everyone will get to see the incoming president take office through live TV coverage not only from PTV-4 and RTVM, thanks to Duterte’s camp changing their minds about the media coverage of the inauguration.

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‘Baduy’: Comelec spox calls out candidates imposing their face on Avenger images for campaign posters

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Comelec spokesperson James Jimenez called out barangay and SK election candidates who edit their faces onto the images of the Avengers.

Jimenez addressed the candidates through his Twitter account, where he said the candidates who use such tactic during the campaign period are “dumbing down the elections.”

He tweeted, “#BSKE2018 candidates who use campaign posters with their faces superimposed on the bodies of Avengers are dumbing down the elections. Paano yan? Kung sino na lang ang may pinaka-“cool” na poster, ganun?”

He even mentioned the risk that these candidates may be sued for copyright infringement.

“Ginagawa nyong bobo ang mga botante. Ma-copyright infringement sana kayo,” he continued.

In a separate tweet, Jimenez said that putting their faces on the bodies of the Avengers is definitely not a cool move but a “baduy” one.

“Oh, and btw, actually hindi cool yun ipapalit nyo yung mukha nyo sa mukha ng isang Avenger. Baduy yun,” he tweeted.

However, Jimenez said that the Comelec does not have the authority to ban the use of such campaign posters because it can already be considered as “content-based prior restraint.” He added that the poll body only has control over the size of the posters used and where they are displayed, which should be in the “common poster areas” previously determined by Comelec election officers.

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The posters will only be deemed illegal “if it is posted outside of the common poster area,” Jimenez said.

But even then, there is an exception to the rule – “to display the materials on private property with the permission of the owner,” he added.

On April 11, Comelec released a resolution prohibiting campaign materials to be posted on trees, electrical wires, light posts, waiting sheds, schools, bridges, traffic signs, sidewalks, public shrines, barangay halls, airports, health centers, seaports, public transport terminals, trains and train stations, ambulances, government patrol cars, underpasses and overpasses, public announcement boards, and center islands.

According to Comelec Resolution No. 10294, candidates can only use posters that are up to 2 feet by 3 feet in dimension. Rally streamers should not be bigger than 3 feet by 8 feet and should be taken down right after the event.

The same resolution cited that “any and all election propaganda should bear and be identified by the reasonably legible or audible words ‘political advertisement paid for’ followed by true and correct name of the candidate, as well as the words ‘printed free of charge’ or ‘airtime for this broadcast was provided free of charge.”

The nine-day campaign period for the barangay and SK elections started at 12 a.m. on May 4 and will continue until May 12, two days before the election on May 14.

Sources: ( philstar.comcnnphilippines.com )

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Busted: Meme about Hontiveros boasting about her accomplishments as senator is FAKE!

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Paula Defensor Knack, the younger sister of the late Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago, appeared to chastise Senator Risa Hontiveros, asking the latter what “accomplishment” she was talking about.

In a Facebook post on April 30, Knack said, “Ano raw? Ano accomplishment nya? Ayon sa CHR representative sa Netherlands, sinabi nya …….Rissa Hontiveros is helping REMOVE POPULAR APPROVAL FROM PRES. DUTERTE AS PART OF A MASS MOVEMENT & HE ALSO NAMED OTHERS. Anong goal nyan kung hindi oust the head of state?”

This was her reaction to a meme posted by the Facebook page “Favradio,” showing a photo of Hontiveros and these words in yellow font: “Sa maikling panahon bilang senadora.. marami na akong nagawa na ikauunlad ng Pilipinas at nang sambayanang Pilipino.”

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Naturally, Hontiveros earned the ire of the netizens who slammed her for what she allegedly said, boasting about her accomplishments as a senator.

Name calling and curses were in abundance, of course.

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Someone even brought up the fake news about how Hontiveros allegedly passed a bill wanting to color code MRT passengers and seemed to believe it.

Senator Hontiveros

Favradio’s meme post on April 29 even gained over 1,000 shares.

Senator Hontiveros

But Facebook page “Marcos Loyalist” shared the meme earlier on April 16.

Senator Hontiveros

However, the statement quoted in the meme that allegedly came from Hontiveros is fake. We could not find any other article carrying that statement from the lady senator.

It is even an erroneous meme that used “nang” before “sambayanang Pilipino” instead of “ng.”

It should also be noted that Favradio is quite fond of sharing fake news, such as these stories:

The meme about Senator Hontiveros is one more fake news added to Favradio’s list of fake stories that we busted.

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Busted: Meme about Vic Sotto defending Duterte supporters is FAKE

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Eat Bulaga host and comedian Vic Sotto allegedly came to the defense of President Rodrigo Duterte’s supporters, based on a meme that was shared by a Duterte Facebook fan page. What’s worse is that it has received hundreds of shares and comments from netizens commending Sotto for what he allegedly said about the president’s supporters.

The meme said:

“Ano nga ika nyo? Ang mga supporters ni PDU30 ay mga walang isip at walang utak? Wowwww men.. Ikatalino mo na ang iyong pagputak ng pagputak? Puro ka reklamo sa gobyerno.. sa tingin mo sa katatalak mo makakmit natin ang pag-asenso? Bago mo husgahan ang ating Pangulo, ano nga ba ang nagawa mo? Dungis mo muna bro ang pahirin mo bago ang dungis ng ibang tao.”

It also bore Sotto’s photo.

The Duterte fan page “President Duterte Worldwide Supporters” even captioned it “Yesssssss!tama k Vic saludo ako sau kc imbes na tumulong para umunlad ang bansa natin namimintas pa ang anong klaseng pgiisip nmn yan mennnnmmmm!!!!”

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And here are the comments that showed how netizens readily bought the statement in the meme as something that Sotto actually said.

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However, one netizen was right to ask for a video of Sotto actually uttering the statement in the meme.

Vic Sotto defending Duterte

It’s just right to doubt the meme’s claim because it is totally untrue! Sotto never said those words.

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If we were to look into the political endorsement Sotto made during the campaign for the May 2016 elections, he and his wife, Pauleen, endorsed the candidacies of Senator Grace Poe for President and Senator Francis Escudero for Vice President.

False memes were used during the campaign to fake endorsements for the different political candidates. It appeared that some people are still using the trick even after the election was over. In fact, this was way Meme Buster came to life – to bust memes and fake news and find the truth.

Source: ( politics.com.ph )

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