TV5 canceling 'Aksyon sa Umaga' to make way for ESPN programs

By Media Newser Philippines | Friday, October 20, 2017
Photo: Cheryl Cosim
First on Media Newser Philippines: TV5 is about to make some major changes to its morning lineup following the announcement last week that it would collaborate with sports giant ESPN.

To recap, under a multi-year deal, the Kapatid Network will partner with ESPN across television and digital platforms for the rebranding of its sports arm, Sports5, to ESPN5.

Now, sources told us that one of the first casualties from the said ESPN deal is the morning news program Aksyon sa Umaga, which will be canceled sometime in November.

The program, which is being headed up by longtime TV5 anchor Cheryl Cosim, will be dropped from the network's morning grid as it plans to clear its lineup in preparation for the simulcast of ESPN USA's primetime programs.

ANC's 'Bangsamoro and Beyond' forum to air this Thursday

By Media Newser Philippines | Wednesday, October 18, 2017
Photo: ABS-CBN
ANC, the ABS-CBN News Channel, will revisit the discussion on the decades-long conflict in Mindanao that has affected the entire country in the “Bangsamoro and Beyond: A National Conversation” forum this Thursday (October 19) at 8 pm.

The discussion will center on the many challenges of the Peace Process, and tackle the Bangsamoro Basic Law, the situation in Marawi, and the government’s plan to shift to federalism.

ANC, continues to embrace the responsibility of providing Filipinos accurate news reporting and enlightening discussions on topics that matter. ANC chief operating officer Cilette Liboro-Co said that it is through organizing these events that they get to not just inform but also empower Filipinos.

Full press release after the jump...

Bongbong Marcos says VP poll protest 'must be decided soon'

By Media Newser Philippines | Monday, October 16, 2017
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Former senator Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. said that the Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET) should prioritize his poll protest against Vice President Leni Robredo.

Speaking to CNN Philippines' The Source on Monday, Marcos told host Pinky Webb that his pending electoral protest "must be decided soon" by the PET, saying that presentation of evidences can speed up the entire process.

"It should be prioritized. We have to come to a final conclusion. This is something as important as a national election. We have to come to a conclusion and people need to know... decide one way or another. But it must be decided and it must be decided soon," Marcos said.

Pinky Webb interviews PNP chief Dela Rosa in an hour-long edition of 'The Source'

By Media Newser Philippines | Saturday, October 14, 2017
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Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Director General Ronald "Bato" Dela Rosa said that President Rodrigo Duterte's move to put the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) in charge of all anti-drug operations in the country was likely the result of his dwindling approval rating.

The police chief made this comment during a live guesting on CNN Philippines' morning talk show The Source on Friday.

"Siguro dahil dun sa kritisismo sa aming war on drugs at tsaka sa lumabas na survey na dumarami yung disastified sa kanya — yung trust rating niya bumaba. Baka dahil dun. Wala naman tayong nakikitang ibang rason dun kung bakit bumaba kundi yung mga criticisms sa ating war on drugs," Dela Rosa told host Pinky Webb.

The President's approval number fell sharply to its lowest level according to a recent survey by Social Weather Station.

GMA Network reaps trophies at the 2017 ComGuild Media Awards

By Media Newser Philippines | Wednesday, October 11, 2017
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COMGUILD Hall of Famer and GMA News pillar Mel Tiangco was accorded the Media Persona of Excellence award. Mel co-anchors 24 Oras and hosts the weekly drama anthology Magpakailanman.

Fellow GMA News pillar, Peabody-awardee Jessica Soho, was once again recognized as Best Magazine Show Host. Her top-rating Sunday program Kapuso Mo, Jessica Soho took home once more the Best Magazine Show award.

Another GMA News pillar, Vicky Morales, was named as the Most Outstanding Female News Presenter of the Year for the Network’s flagship newscast 24 Oras.

Meanwhile, Unang Hirit further cemented its presence as the country’s leading and longest-running morning TV show, taking home the Best Morning Show citation.

Full press release after the jump...

GMA News analyst Richard Heydarian comments on President Duterte's satisfaction and trust ratings

By Media Newser Philippines | Tuesday, October 10, 2017
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GMA News' resident analyst Richard Heydarian said it's about time for President Rodrigo Duterte to address the other important problems hounding the different sectors of this country.

Appearing on Unang Hirit's Unang Balita segment on Tuesday, Heydarian told anchor Rhea Santos that the president shouldn't just focus on his war on drugs if he wants to improve his approval number, which fell sharply to its lowest level since he took over Malacañang last year.

"Kung gusto i-bounce back ni Pangulong Duterte yung kanyang approval rating, dapat makita niya talaga [kung] ano ang gusto ng ibat-ibang sectors. In fact yung pinakamalaking nabagsak sa kanyang mga sub-groups ay Group E. ito yung mga poorest of the poor Filipinos, bottom of the 30 percent. Pati sa Group D na 60 percent ng ating population bumaba rin siya," Heydarian said, citing the results of a recent Social Weather Station survey.

"So, si Pangulong Duterte hindi lang siya puwedeng mag-focus lang dito sa drug war, dapat bigyan din niya ng pansin yung mga bread and butter issue na masyadong mahalaga sa karamihan ng Pilipino," he added.

Watch: Al Jazeera host Mehdi Hasan grills DFA Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano

By Media Newser Philippines | Saturday, October 07, 2017
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Secretary of Foreign Affairs Alan Peter Cayetano appeared on Mehdi Hasan's current affairs program on Al Jazeera Friday to talk about the Duterte administration's bloody drug campaign.

Asked about the rising death tolls in the government's war on drugs — which some human rights groups estimate to go as high as 13,000 — Cayetano responded by citing a recent Pew Research Center poll which says that 78 percent of Filipinos approve of the government’s handling of the drug issue.

Journalist Ellen Tordesillas and Duterte supporter Trixie Cruz-Angeles talk fake news on 'Headstart'

By Media Newser Philippines | Thursday, October 05, 2017
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On ANC's Headstart this morning, Karen Davila invited two of the resource persons at Wednesday's Senate hearing on fake news, veteran journalist Ellen Tordesillas and die-hard Duterte supporter and now PCOO social media strategist Trixie Cruz-Angeles.

Davila began her program by asking the two about the outcome of the hearing chaired by Senator Grace Poe.

Reporter Jervis Manahan leaves PTV4

By Media Newser Philippines | Wednesday, October 04, 2017
Photo: Jervis Manahan
PTV news reporter Jervis Manahan announced on Tuesday that he was stepping down from his reportorial post, just two years after joining the state-owned television network.

In a post published on his Facebook account, Manahan said it "was an honor working for the state network," which had been his "second home" for the past two years.

"I was sent to cover big events. I have risked my life in a war, in an expedition to Benham Rise, to a day trip in Sulu, joined the Nazarene procession, did 29-hour coverages, sat in congressional hearings, and even followed the President overseas," Manahan wrote.

"I've been to places I couldn't have reached if not for this job. They have put me in a front row seat to history and for that alone, I am very thankful. I will cherish all those moments in my lifetime," he added.