Editorial: Putting showbiz news in the showbiz page

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Thursday, January 30, 2014

SICK and tired as many of us are? Then don’t watch television news. Boycott. That sounds drastic, but there’s one person who is doing it now, in the process missing her daily fare of telenovelas as well.

There is just so much abuse the viewing public can take, and it is time to say, we have had enough. We will not even mention it here what we are talking about. We know you know and that it is also infuriating you. But collectively, we allow ourselves to be hostaged into this situation by not turning off that television and denying these television networks the viewership they derive their profits from.

Remember, without us, they are nothing. Let us prove that they are nothing.


Let us also prove to those officials who only see media opportunities that we are not as stupid as they think we are.

We have made our views heard, but they are individual views in our individual social network posts. Among others, that there is no ample coverage for the historic signing of the final annex to the Framework Agreement for the Bangsamoro, that the multi-billion scam of Janet Napoles has been allowed to slip into collective forgetting unacted on; that the National Bureau of Investigation cannot even catch Napoles’ brother and yet is all over this grand insult to the Filipino intelligence, announcing every development to their manhunt.

For our part in Sun.Star Davao, we simply refuse to allow additional “primetime” news space for this after the first one that came out -- buried at the bottom of page 4 at that. After that, anything about this can be found in the Entertainment page where it truly belongs. Ergo, all those senators and justice secretaries, and NBI officials who want to jump into the fray will be treated as showbiz news, nothing else.

Deny their existence in mainstream conversations and society, and they will disappear from our consciousness. It’s that easy. Now, if all those who jumped into the fray want our collective attention and cooperation, then they should once and for all step out of this infuriating entertainment-driven world and step up as the government officials that they claim they are, with their dignity and our respect. At the moment? No thanks, you do not merit a tinge of our respect and sorry, we really cannot spot even a tiny dignity in you.

Does this sound like an insult? You’re right, it is. But only because these officials have insulted the Filipino people’s intelligence first.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on January 30, 2014.


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