Statement of Atty. Ursua, counsel for Cheryl Favila and Maricar Asprec, on the sexual harassment complaint

By Media Newser Philippines | Saturday, October 06, 2018
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The camp of Cheryl Favila and Maricar Asprec has come forward to refute the claims made by ABS-CBN entertainment reporter Gretchen Fullido.

In a statement to Media Newser Philippines Saturday, Atty. Evalyn G. Ursua, counsel for both Favila and Asprec, said that it is "unfortunate" that Fullido has chosen to pursue a criminal complaint against her clients "despite that the same complaint had been previously dismissed as baseless after a thorough formal investigation within ABS-CBN."

"This dismissal came about after Favila and Asprec proved that the text messages that Fullido used as evidence were distorted and maliciously taken out of their conversation threads," Ursua said.

Ces Drilon issues statement on the libel case filed by Gretchen Fullido

By Media Newser Philippines | Saturday, October 06, 2018
Photo: Ces Oreña-Drilon/Gretchen Fullido
Ces Oreña-Drilon has spoken up about the libel case filed against her by her ABS-CBN News colleague Gretchen Fullido.

In a statement posted on her Twitter account Saturday, the Kapamilya broadcaster said that it is "unthinkable" for her to say what Fullido alleges she did given that she herself had been a victim of sexual harassment.

Her statement reads in full:

"It pains me to have to issue this statement because women support each other especially in an issue like sexual harassment.

"Throughout my life, I have been an advocate of women's rights and women's empowerment. As a victim of sexual harassment once before, it is unthinkable for me to say what Gretchen Fullido alleges I did.

'Walang Unli-Rice: A GMA News and Public Affairs Special' to air this Sunday

By Media Newser Philippines | Friday, October 05, 2018
Photo: GMA-7
This Sunday (October 7), join Jessica Soho — widely regarded as the country’s most credible broadcast journalist — together with award-winning documentarists Kara David, Maki Pulido, and Atom Araullo as they present and seek answers to one of the most pressing issues of today in “Walang Unli-Rice: A GMA News and Public Affairs Special”.

Long before daybreak, 81-yr old Antonia Alconis endures the long queue in Pasig Public Market to buy cheap NFA rice which is sold at P27 a kilo. She is just one of the over a hundred people in line. The situation is the same in many other public markets with people scrambling to purchase NFA rice.

As the supply of NFA rice runs out in their warehouses, the price of commercial rice has also begun to soar. In Mindanao where poverty remains at alarming levels, rice is now considered a luxury. The family of Albasin and Norain Tanjilani, residents of an island part of Zamboanga now totally abstain from taking rice with their meals.

Full press release after the jump...

'Di Ka Pasisiil' documentary wins Philippines' 1st Gold Dolphin in Cannes

By Media Newser Philippines | Tuesday, October 02, 2018
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ABS-CBN made history as it won the Philippines’ first Gold Dolphin award from the prestigious Cannes Corporate Media & TV Awards in France for the documentary “’Di Ka Pasisiil” on the Marawi Siege.

The documentary produced by ABS-CBN News’ Docu Central describes the realities of the months-long urban war in Marawi, Lanao Del Sur and the experiences of both civilians and journalists in the conflict that ravaged their city. It won Best Documentary under the Current Affairs, Human Concerns, and Social Issues Category at the 9th edition of one of the most prestigious award-giving bodies in the industry.

Full press release after the jump...

Former PTV4 reporter Paolo Barcelon joins CNN Philippines

By Media Newser Philippines | Tuesday, October 02, 2018
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CNN Philippines has recruited former PTV4 reporter Paolo Barcelon.

In a similar role at his new television home, Barcelon will be filing reports for the local CNN station's national news programs, covering a variety of news beats.

Barcelon, now 23, first joined the industry via the state-run TV network in December of 2017. During his 8-month stint at PTV4, he has managed to cover major beats such as the House, Senate and Malacañang.

Among the highlights of this time at the network was his reporting in Kuwait during the diplomatic crisis earlier this year. He was also the PTV4 reporter who broke the story about the shooting of Tanauan City Mayor Antonio Halili in July.

Cathy Yang to moderate the 4th ANC Leadership Series Forum featuring Kevin O'Leary

By Media Newser Philippines | Wednesday, September 19, 2018
Venture capitalist and entrepreneur Kevin O’Leary, famously known as “Mr. Wonderful” in the award-winning business-themed program “Shark Tank,” will be coming to Manila on November 12 for the ANC Leadership Series at the Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila.

The billionaire business magnate is expected to bring his business smarts and signature no-nonsense approach to mentorship to the event produced by ANC, the ABS-CBN News Channel.

Full press release after the jump...

CNN Philippines to air an exclusive docu on Boracay rehabilitation

By Media Newser Philippines | Monday, September 10, 2018
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This month, CNN Philippines presents Rebuilding Paradise an exclusive look at the ongoing rehabilitation of Boracay five months since it was ordered closed by President Rodrigo Duterte, who called the world famous island a cesspool.  

In this special half-hour documentary, CNN Philippines Anchor and Correspondent Pinky Webb talks to the island’s residents, workers, and business owners. She also talks to Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu, the man appointed by the President to “rebuild paradise.” “There’s no more cesspool here," Cimatu assures. He also promised, when the rehabilitation is complete, the "new Boracay” will be clean, and well-organized with wider roads, and strict zoning rules.

Full press release after the jump...

President Duterte hires former ANC anchor Nancy Irlanda as board member at the LBP

By Media Newser Philippines | Saturday, September 08, 2018
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President Rodrigo Duterte has tapped ABS-CBN News Channel veteran Nancy Irlanda as a board member at the Land Bank of the Philippines (LBP).

In an appointment letter dated August 31, Duterte designated the former ANC news anchor as the representative of the private sector, serving the unexpired term of office of Rodolfo Villanueva Puno which began in July and will end in June of next year.

Irlanda was last seen on ANC in February of last year. At the time, she was one of the primary substitute anchors for Tina Monzon-Palma at The World Tonight — this in addition to her weekend duties at Dateline Philippines.

GMA News' Jessica Soho receives the 2018 Gawad Plaridel Award

By Media Newser Philippines | Friday, August 31, 2018
Photo: University of the Philippines
Referring to herself as “a promdi, or a small town girl, who made good”, GMA News Pillar Jessica Soho underscored the value of “The Story” as she humbly accepted her Gawad Plaridel Award for Journalism conferred to her by the University of the Philippines last August 29. She is the first UP College of Mass Communication alumna to receive the said award.

Speaking emotionally in front of an audience comprised of students from various Universities, UP Officials and many members of Soho’s GMA News and Public Affairs family — Soho said she cannot overemphasize enough how ‘The Story’ is the reason why she is in media.

“The Story is what we’re really here for; the reason for our being, if you will, and what we should all continue working hard for — to get it right,” she shared.

Full press release after the jump...

One News' 'The Chiefs' brings smart conversations back to primetime TV

By Media Newser Philippines | Tuesday, August 28, 2018
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Artwork: Media Newser Philippines
Exactly three months since its initial launch, you may be wondering how One News is doing in the news business. More importantly, you may be asking, what does the Cignal news channel has to offer that can convince you to subscribe to Cignal TV, or switch from SkyCable to Cignal?

One of its programs may be the answer to both of these questions: The Chiefs, the one-hour nightly talk program hosted by Ed Lingao, Roby Alampay and Ana Marie “Amy” Pamintuan.