At the risk of being misconstrued as dejected, let me first tell you About Us – oops, it’s about me and what my future holds. Yes, you may now close this site because I don’t know what my future holds. But please listen. I was outside of the Philippines for 2,000 days (seven years), having rendered secretarial services to two electrical services in Saudi Arabia with very good financial rewards. Though I was offered a lecturer position in an old, top university in Manila immediately after exiting Jeddah, it’s just for a five-month semester. And as of this writing, the university has yet to call me to check if I’m still interested to re-join for its June opening.
I’m DC Alviar, a development communicator and economist by training, thanks to UP and AdU. Bibo (recall the term), I served as editor in chief of Ang Ugat, the defunct student publication of San Pedro Relocation Center National High School, and editor in chief of the university-sponsored school organ The Adamson News.
The No. 1 fan of economic journalism and business reporting in the Philippines which was my father’s original forte, I also ate the Big 3’s Op-Ed articles for my breakfast at the age of twenty-something and below (no more clue of my most preferred broadsheet, haha).
As if too much of politics in the papers weren’t enough, I was almost always glued to the TV screen, watching, switching news and current affairs channels. My seeming interest in the national media hinted I would play an active role in it in the future.
And when I taught Society and Culture with Family Planning (sociology for short) and Politics and Governance with Philippine Constitution (POLGOV now, PHILGOV then) for college students, it pretty much became so easy, not just because I never experienced preparing manual lesson plans. Not just because recording and submission of grades were also paperless (except in the finals).
Why were my classroom lectures for the two subjects somewhat natural and effortless? It’s all due to national media’s great influence in my career. In truth, by being a follower of some noted newspapermen, columnists and broadcasters, I was able to learn deep teachings that adeptly eased my teaching preparations for my college students.
“After exploring the history and purpose of the reporter’s privilege, and the increasingly significant contributions of citizen journalists to the public debate, this Article makes a radical proposal: everyone who disseminates information to the public should be presumptively entitled to invoke the reporter’s privilege, whether based on the First Amendment, federal common law, or a state shield law. Rather than attempting to limit the category of individuals who are entitled to the privilege by focusing on the medium of publication, the ‘newsworthy’ nature of the desired information, or a ‘functional’ approach that unconstitutionally requires judicial scrutiny of the editorial process, the focus should instead be on limiting the scope of the privilege itself.”
We can liken our situation to – others love to associate themselves with – democracy champion USA. We can’t blame the rise of bloggers and other “citizen journalists” if the continued existence of privilege for media is in grave doubt. It’s a misplaced hysteria, Papandrea rightly argues in her Boston College Law School research paper.
Add the practical reason to that academic one: the itch that needed to be scratched. Boom! Welcome me back to the journalism fold. This time, though, I would love to give citizen journalism for Filipinos in the Philippines and abroad a try.
Wait, we won’t amplify a sense of frustration and distrust in government here. For megamanilascene.wordpress.com to function, we won’t disregard the protracted effort that needs to be exerted to make democratic institutions work for the country and its people. This is not without caring for the rehashed talks about federalism with the advent of strongman Duterte’s winning formula.
In citizen journalism, we demand government to be more engaging vis-à-vis people’s discussions on government action or the lack thereof. While we welcome the “change is coming” rhetoric under a new president, we should not forget our individual decisions to change ourselves (Romans 12:2) and redeem our values system.
So share – and we’ll forward – your good news, be it science and technology or economics, peace and order or good governance, bayanihan or business expansion, drug bust or social welfare, sports achievement or progress in your barangay, education or what have you.
You help spread the good news of salvation in Jesus Christ, that’s pretty much welcome. He tells us in Mark 8:35, “Only those who give away their lives for my sake and for the sake of the Good News will ever know what it means to really live.”
More important here, we should let God define “good”. Many of our definitions point to comfort. But His Son, Jesus Christ, had the good life that included death by crucifixion with all humiliation. He also modeled how to brave storms. So God’s glory and our salvation are at work even in our struggles.
By stating over and over again the question “Why is it that after so many elections, our standards haven’t gone up?” change is truly coming. Nailusot natin si Leni sa VP, napagbigyan nating magpresidente si Duterte.
The issue of electoral reforms encompasses everyone’s change from within. It’s not just “dapat tama”. How can you vote wisely if the only qualified candidate is you but you don’t give elected public office a try?
Comelec has done a great job in conducting the very first presidential debates in cooperation with TV networks. We knew the election results right away – Duterte and Robredo were proclaimed May 30 – because of the automated polls.