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Freedom and Responsibility
Freedom and Responsibility
A Statement from Concerned Writers in Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao
on the issue of the SEC decision to revoke the license of Rappler
We the undersigned, refuse to be distracted from the real issue of Constitutional violation committed by Rappler, a media entity that has misrepresented itself to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), yet prides itself on being composed of veteran journalists, and as such,members of mass media.
Article XVI, Section 11 (1) of the Constitution provides that the ownership and management of mass media shall absolutely be limited to citizens of the Philippines.
Rappler has accepted more than a million dollars in “donations” from foreign entities such as Omidyar Network and North Base Media. Rappler contradicts its claim to being independent as it has allowed Omidyar and North Base Media to interfere in its corporate affairs.
We must ask: What is the deal? To say that these foreign entities will exert no control or influence in its policies and management is not only lame, but stretches credulity. What interests do Omidyar Network and North Base Media represent?
The public must weigh: Is Rappler truly independent? Or have the details of its corporate nature recently unveiled by the SEC significantly compromised its independence?Whose interests does Rappler truly serve when it owes its being and becoming to foreign investors, in clear violation of the Philippine Constitution?
Press freedom in the Philippines remains alive and strong, as proven by Rappler and the existence of mass media outlets throughout the country. They have not ceased to perform their roles as mass media and continue to enjoy the protection of the Constitution, which SEC has ruled Rappler violated.
Styling herself as victim of harassment and as vanguard of truth and press freedom, Maria Ressa should simply debunk the SEC decision through legal means.Rappler owes the government and the people an accounting of its commitments to the Philippines and the Constitution.
We hereby denounce foreign media outlets like The New York Times and The Washington Post that continue to portray the Philippines as a benighted country, without the benefit of deep research and nuanced understanding of its contexts.
We enjoin foreign media: Stop interfering in our country’s affairs based on hearsay. If you can’t competently report the facts from the ground, from actual observation and thoughtful interviews with Filipinos as professional journalists should do,STOP meddling with us now.
We call on all nationalistic and patriotic Filipinos to support our duly elected government and intensely resist the interference of western media and corporations in the shaping of public opinion based on skewed information and hasty judgements about the country’s complex political situation.
We also take this opportunity to ask government to ensure the protection of freedom, exercise no tolerance for abuse, and denounce purveyors of misinformation and distorted opinions from diverse sources, including those aligned with its agenda.
We enjoy freedom in the Philippines, now more than ever, because we feel responsible for the country and this freedom, hence this testament.
To see the the list of people who signed this statement, please click here.
TANONG: ANO ANG KTO12 PROGRAM? SAGOT: Ang Kto12 Program ng gobyerno ng Pilipinas ay tumutukoy sa pagkakaroon ng mandatory o required na kindergarten at karagdagang 2 taon sa dating 10-year Basic Education Cycle. Kung noon, pagkatapos ng anim na taon sa elementarya at apat na taon sa hayskul (kabuuang 10 taon) ay maaari nang makapagkolehiyo ang mga estudyante. Sa ilalim ng Kto12, bago makapagkolehiyo, kailangan pa nilang dumaan sa karagdagang 2 taon pagkatapos ng apat na taong hayskul. Sa bagong sistema, tinatawag na senior high school o junior college ang karagdagang 2 tao…
People have strong opinions about almost anything and the issue of education is no exception. How these opinions have been formed needs to be examined. This is what good research does. It informs and guides. A myriad of factors influence education and oftentimes, these factors are not independent from each other. Factors interact, sometimes these add, and other times, these subtract. General notions therefore need to be carefully drawn. Writing articles on education can also be quite challenging. When problems in basic education involve an inability to think critically, it is difficult to reach the audience and convey the correct message. Oftentimes, sarcasm is lost so such style of writing needs to be avoided. For people who are convinced of their wisdom and understanding of how education works, profound messages from basic research can be often easily lost.
There is information to be gained from data. Tests in schools can be informative. Scores of students provide a quick glimpse of the current state of education. Thus, it is useful to have these numbers. These numbers may not tell everything in detail with high accuracy. Nevertheless, test results allow for a useful perspective. The National Achievement Test administered by the Department of Education (DepEd) in the Philippines, a set of standardized tests addressing the major subjects taught in school, is an example. These tests are given to Grade 3 where students are assessed in both English and Filipino (These two subjects comprise two thirds of the exam) and Math and Science (These two account for the remaining one third). A different set of tests is given to Grade 6 pupils where each of the following 5 subjects is assigned 40 items: (Science, Math, English, Filipino and Social Studies). Another set is administered to fourth year high school students (This is currently the last year…