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Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Veteran newscaster offended at Roque’s plans to school them on “the virtues of mainstream media”


Veteran newscaster Jay Sonza published a note on Facebook as a response to Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque’s plans on teaching Mocha Uson and President Rodrigo Duterte's online supporters about the constitutional freedoms and virtues of “mainstream media”.


Sonza even translated his opening paragraph in Tagalog, which is probably to make Roque better understand intentions.

Isalin natin sa wikang pambansa: “Nais ni presidential spokesman Sec. Harry Roque to turuan si Mocha Uson at ANG KALIPUNAN NG MGA ONLINE SUPPROTERS ni Pangulong Rodrigo Duterte ng mga katangihan ng mainstream media at ang karapatan sa pamamahayag akma sa saligang batas,” Sonza actually wrote in his note.


Rhetorically asking the spokesman about what happened to him. The veteran newscaster, who’s been in various positions in the media industry throughout 40 years, found this Roque’s intentions to be incredibly boastful and offensive.

Sonza then corrected Roque by pointing out that “constitutional freedom” isn’t just limited to “mainstream media”, there no such distinction of this type of freedom and “constitutional freedom” of every Filipino, regardless of the differences.


“Mainstream media is not a special breed of animal to be afforded respect. Besides, respect is earned. It cannot be demanded of. Media should disabuse its mind,” Sonza said.

So please stop hallucinating by thinking mainstream media should be afforded special treatment,” he ended.

Read the full post below:

"Presidential spokesman Secretary Harry Roque wants to teach Mocha Uson and President Rodrigo Duterte's HORDES OF ONLINE SUPPORTERS a thing or two about the virtues of the “mainstream media” and its constitutional freedoms. 

Isalin natin sa wikang pambansa: “Nais ni presidential spokesman Sec. Harry Roque to turuan si Mocha Uson at ANG KALIPUNAN NG MGA ONLINE SUPPROTERS ni Pangulong Rodrigo Duterte ng mga katangihan ng mainstream media at ang karapatan sa pamamahayag akma sa saligang batas.” 

Ano kamo Spox Roque? Tuturuan mo kami (Jojo Robles of Manila Standard/Bobi Tiglao of Manila Times, and the likes). I am an online supporter of Mr. Duterte. You are going to teach me the virtues ng “mainstream media?” Are you kidding us? Hindi ka naman siguro nagpapatawa spox?

Veteran journalists Bobi Tiglao and Jojo Robles

40 years ako sa “mainstream media.” Naging news and public affairs writer, reporter, desk man, associate producer, producer, supervising producer, news manager at news director, news and public affairs program presenter, station manager at chief operations officer sa radyo at telebisyon; 

Naging news stringer, correspondent, reporter, opinion writer, contributing editor, editor at publisher ng mga kilala at hindi gaanong kilalang broadsheet at tabloid newspapers ang inyong lingkod, Mr. Spox 

Tapos, ikaw ang magtuturo sa akin ng virtues of the “mainstream media.” Ang yabang naman yata noon spox. 

Photo from Rappler

At ano itong pinagsasabi mong ‘constitutional freedom” ng mainstream media. Lahat ng Filipino iisa ang constitutional gurantee sa kalayaan ng pamamahayag. Hindi sinabi sa saligang batas na kaiba ang freedom ng “mainstream media” at ng ordinaryong mamamayan. The constitutional guarantee is for everybody, regardless of race, sex, political or spiritual belief.

Mainstream media is not a special breed of animal to be afforded respect. Besides, respect is earned. It cannot be demanded of. Media should disabuse its mind. Watchdog tag is just its own creation or imagination. I find no statute declaring media as such. So please stop hallucinating by thinking mainstream media should be afforded special treatment."

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Source: Jay Sonza 
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