Pia Hontiveros' new political talk program 'Politics As Usual' to debut tonight

By Media Newser Philippines | Tuesday, February 19, 2019
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Just in time for the election season, CNN Philippines will begin airing a new weekly political program tonight, February 19.

To be called Politics As Usual, the new program will be hosted by no less than the network's chief correspondent Pia Hontiveros.

For its initial telecast, Hontiveros will be sitting down with two former senators, Juan Ponce Enrile and Jinggoy Estrada, who are both running again in the hotly contested midterm elections.

Politics As Usual will not only mark Hontiveros' first regular public affairs program at the local CNN station since News.PH, but it will also be her return to the format that made her a star at the ABS-CBN News Channel: one-on-one with the country's political power players.

First on MNP: Cignal TV to launch new Filipino news channel One PH

By Media Newser Philippines | Sunday, February 17, 2019

Cignal TV, the direct-to-home satellite pay TV provider of MediaQuest Holdings Inc., is set to launch One PH, a new all-Filipino news channel.

As per our sources, the news channel, which obviously borrowed its brand name from Cignal TV's One News, will have a soft launch on Monday, February 18, with an official launch a week later.

ABS-CBN's 'Harapan 2019' town hall debate series to begin on Feb. 17

By Media Newser Philippines | Tuesday, February 12, 2019
Senatorial hopefuls are ready to prove that they are worthy of the people’s votes in the “Harapan 2019: The ABS-CBN Senatorial Town Hall Debate” series that will kick off this Sunday (February 17) LIVE on ANC (the ABS-CBN News Channel), DZMM TeleRadyo, iWant, news.abs-cbn.com and other ABS-CBN platforms online. Viewers can also catch the delayed telecast of the debates on ABS-CBN’s “Sunday’s Best.”

The debates, which will happen on February 17, February 24, and March 3 from 7 pm to 9 pm, will give voters a chance to hear the candidates’ position on pressing national issues before they cast their votes in the midterm elections on May 13.

Trusted broadcast journalists Karen Davila and Alvin Elchico will anchor “Harapan 2019,” which will tackle important topics to Filipinos today such as job security, health, education, prices of goods, peace and order, and more.

Full press release after the jump...

GMA-7's 'Debate 2019' moderated by Vicky Morales and Pia Arcangel to air this Saturday

By Media Newser Philippines | Friday, February 08, 2019
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True to its commitment to delivering the most credible coverage of the upcoming May polls, GMA News and Public Affairs mounts Debate 2019: The GMA Senatorial Face-Off this Saturday, February 9.

This senatorial debate will be moderated by GMA News pillar Vicky Morales and senior news anchor Pia Arcangel. Esteemed GMA News pillars Jessica Soho, Arnold Clavio, Howie Severino, and Mel Tiangco join the debate as panel members.

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GMA News and Public Affairs' political rom-com series 'TODA One I Love' to premiere on February 4

By Media Newser Philippines | Sunday, February 03, 2019
Photo: GMA-7
Fans of the well-loved Kapuso onscreen pair Kylie Padilla and Ruru Madrid need not wait any longer as the KyRu love team banners GMA News and Public Affairs’ election offering and latest political romantic comedy series TODA One I Love which makes its world premiere this February 4 on GMA Telebabad.

Like the jeepney, the tricycle is a popular means of transportation in the Philippines that reflects the culture and identity of Filipinos. Aside from playing a major part in the daily commute of many Pinoys, the tricycle is also used as a vehicle to promote various products and even political candidates.

TODA One I Love will revolve around the family, dreams, and loves of three lead characters — Gelay, Emong, and Kobe. They will find themselves tangled in the topsy-turvy politics of the Tricycle Operators and Drivers’ Association or TODA, as well as the local mayoral elections.

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Jiggy Manicad slammed for lying about the state of press freedom in the Philippines

By Media Newser Philippines | Thursday, January 31, 2019
Screenshot: One News
Jiggy Manicad sparked widespread backlash after suggesting in an interview that the press freedom in the country is not under attack under the Duterte administration.

Appearing on One News' The Chiefs Monday, the former GMA News anchor said that the cases filed by the Philippine government against Rappler have basis as the online news website, according to him, violated the constitution.

"I think may basis 'yung government to say na may foreign fund na pumasok sa Rappler, to be honest about it. And it's a violation of the constitution. 'Yun ang nakikitang punto ng pamahalaan," Manicad said. "Now, if it's an attack against press freedom, ang tanong ko is, sino ba 'yung unang nag-attack? Politicized ba ang Rappler? Are they telling the stories na objectively? 'Yun 'yung mga basis ko na hindi ko pa na-explore."

ABS-CBN partners with YouTube and Twitter for election coverage

By Media Newser Philippines | Wednesday, January 30, 2019
ABS-CBN Integrated News and Current Affairs head Ging Reyes addresses partners from poll watchdogs, academic institutions, professional associations, advocacy groups, and government agencies during the Halalan 2019 covenant signing for a peaceful, clean, and orderly elections.
Photo: ABS-CBN

ABS-CBN News unites with the Commission on Elections (COMELEC), poll watchdogs, academic institutions, professional associations, advocacy groups, government agencies, YouTube, and Twitter to give Filipinos a louder voice in the coming midterm national elections through its “Halalan 2019” comprehensive special election coverage on radio, television, and digital.

The country’s largest news organization, led by ABS-CBN Integrated News and Current Affairs head Ging Reyes, held a covenant signing with partner organizations last Friday (January 18) in ABS-CBN. The covenant aims to help ensure comprehensive, fair, and accurate coverage of the elections while committing to give voters a platform to air their concerns and participate in the national discourse.

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CNN Philippines unveils lineup for part 2 of its senatorial forum

By Media Newser Philippines | Monday, January 21, 2019
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CNN Philippines announces its lineup of senatorial aspirants who will take center stage in Part 2 of the network’s Senatorial Forum on Sunday, January 27th from 5:00pm to 6:30pm at the Ateneo de Manila University’s Hyundai Hall in Quezon City.

The candidates will be arranged on stage in alphabetical order, from left to right: former Interior and Local Govt. Secretary Raffy Alunan, former Congressman Neri Colmenares, former member of the Bangsamoro Transition Commission Samira Gutoc, Senator Koko Pimentel, former Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque and former Congressman Erin TaƱada.

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ABS-CBN DocuCentral's 'Ang Babae ng Balangiga' documentary to air this Sunday

By Media Newser Philippines | Saturday, January 19, 2019
Photo: ABS-CBN
A devout Catholic prayer leader, a dedicated sister, a woman who fell in love with the enemy—who was Casiana Nacionales and what was her role in the Balangiga Encounter of 1901?

Award-winning broadcast journalist Jeff Canoy answers these questions and delves deeper into the history of the September 1901 attack by telling the often untold story of Casiana in the ABS-CBN DocuCentral documentary "Ang Babae ng Balangiga" on Sunday's Best, January 20 after “Gandang Gabi Vice.”

The town of Balangiga, Eastern Samar was recently back in the spotlight after its famous church bells were returned to their original home in San Lorenzo de Martir last December 15, 2018.

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