What debate?

GMA NEWS’ MARIZ Umali reported on 24 Oras a one-sided story on yesterday’s RH bill debate at the House of Representatives.

“RH bill, pinagdebatehan sa plenaryo,” the headline went.

But note Ms Umali’s interviewees: Rep. Janet Garin (1:23),  Rep. Edcel Lagman (1:57), and Rep. Kaka Bag-ao (2:27) — all of them pro-RH, each with at least 11 seconds of airtime explaining his/her views. What first appeared as a news story on a debate seemed to turn into an ad.

At the start of the report also note Ms Umali’s opinion that several congresspeople tried to thwart the railroading of the RH bill [“…ilang kongresista muna ang nagtangkang pigilan ang proseso.” (0:28-0:31)].

The least she could have done to hide her bias is attribute that opinion to the pro-RH lawmakers.

Is this the kind of journalism we want from our Kapuso? Whatever happened to serbisyong totoo?


Excuse me po!

In the heat of feeding mostly-serious news to its Facebook account, GMA News suddenly posted a weird update which, according to one observer, sounded like the following:

2 midnight tyrists w/ twister fries, buti na lang understanding gf ko 😀

Twister fries? Gf? Somebody must have posted something in the wrong feed.

In less than five minutes, the online news team posted this, explaining the peculiarity of the previous few minutes:

…which elicited rave reviews:

Much later, GMA News meditated on the situation:

Uh…good job, GMA News. That’s one comic relief that, as you said, should never happen again.

If only serious media gaffes and lapses could be corrected as easily and openly as this. Social media is just amazing.

GMANews.tv’s Typhoon Juan Database

Kudos to GMANews.tv for setting up the Typhoon Juan Emergency Disaster Database. It’s like what they did a year ago during the tragic aftermath of Typhoon Ondoy. This time, however, the team seems more prepared and resourceful.

The database uses Google technology (Docs and Maps primarily) to collect different information, with the aim of helping in the disaster response operations during and after the storm. A Google Docs form may be filled out to report the following:


  • Missing persons
  • Calls for rescue
  • Areas damaged, rendered impassable by the typhoon
  • Locations of evacuation and/or relief centers

    My question, however, is how GMANews.tv expects to gather inputs from affected areas if communication lines there are felled. Then again, at least there’s the well-meant effort to help. Pogi points to GMA-7’s Serbisyong Totoo!