Fake News and Compromising Scoops Sacrifice Truth


I believe that the term "responsible journalism" and "investigative journalism" became suggestive from what was commonly disdained among journalists who are irresponsible and are whisperers/talebearers/gossipers. Here are what the Bible says about them:

PROVERBS 18:8 (RSV) 
The words of a whisperer are like delicious morsels; they go down into the inner parts of the body.

PROVERBS 18:8 (KJV) 
The words of a talebearer are as wounds, and they go down into the innermost parts of the belly.

PROVERBS 18:8 (NIV) 
The words of a gossip are like choice morsels; they go down to a man's inmost parts.

Gossips are very sellable. They make the broadsheets and tabloids attractive to buy. As the Bible said, they are like "delicious morsels."

One ingredient of irresponsible journalism is the indirect but apparent intentional intrigues created by the so-called "journalist" in his futile mind. The Bible says so, there are inventors of evil.

THE ROMANS 1:30 
Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents,

Let us take the case of President Rody Duterte. It appeared that the cancellation of the planned meeting with President Obama was directly caused by the intrigues created by local and international journalists. If they practiced selective perception in their presentation of news, it is because of wanting to scoop. Beginning with the expression, “putang ina mo,” they had it translated as an address to mean Duterte is calling Barak Obama as “son of a whore,” when all the time it is the same as the American common expression of “sonamabitch” (son of a bitch) or “sonamagan” (son of a gun) that is merely an expression of anger or disgust.

We know in law and in the daily conversations among Filipinos that the expression "putang ina mo" is an expression of frustration common among Filipino communities. It is most frequently used not to defame the mother of the person being mentioned but to express frustration and sometimes as an expression of camaraderie among friends. I say "in law" because no less than the Supreme Court of the Republic of the Philippines ruled that the use of the phrase "putang ina mo" does not always mean cursing the mother of the recipient of such connotation.

In its en banc decision written by Justice Querube Makalintal (who later served as Chief Justice from 1973 to 1975), the Supreme Court declared: “’Putang ina mo’ is a common enough expression in the dialect that is often employed, not really to slander but rather to express anger or displeasure. It is seldom, if ever, taken in its literal sense by the hearer, that is, as a reflection on the virtues of a mother. http://www.rigobertotiglao.com/2016/09/09/supreme-court-ruling-putang-ina-mo-doesnt-mean-your-mother-is-a-whore/

What is glaring now is that not only foreign media are incorporating malice in the utterances of President Duterte, but local journalists as well. Many Philippine networks are biased against the President.

Imagine calling the President "tough-talking,” “foul-mouthed,” “trash talking,” that foreign media began to pick up from local news to cast doubt on the integrity of the person of our President.

What about false news? A TV station said, Obama was able to shake hands with everyone at the ASEAN summit except Duterte. But here’s what Obama said -


These practices compromise the President.

I am not defending the President. I am speaking as a sensible preacher of the word of God by norms, in law and logic, especially that in the Bible, one must judge not only according to what he has heard.

ISAIAH 11:3-4 
3 And shall make him of quick understanding in the fear of the LORD: and he shall not judge after the sight of his eyes, neither reprove after the hearing of his ears: 
4 But with righteousness shall he judge the poor, and reprove with equity for the meek of the earth: and he shall smite the earth with the rod of his mouth, and with the breath of his lips shall he slay the wicked.

I am also a victim of unfair journalism practices of the country's most popular networks. I understand the situation of the incumbent President.

I am not saying that the President must not be criticized. But my point is journalists must be fair and impartial. Subjecting an innocent person through irresponsible journalism is public trial and condemnation!

Our country may have laws protecting freedom of speech and publication, but by all means practice fairness. Tell the truth and nothing but. When you style your slants, do not restructure quotations with scoops in your mind at the expense of your subject. Consider the context.

When full transcripts of speeches made by Duterte are read, that is the only time one can understand what happened, whether the journalist said it right or not. But how many of the readers can get to read full transcripts?

The ball is yours. You, journalists, owe it to the community to do your work right!

81 comments:

  1. I have never seen a display of distorted journalism against a national leader in my life like what we are seeing right now.
    Nevertheless, it is not new to me. The very same networks are the ones who came up with malicious news against Bro.Eli Soriano in favor of one of the most evil religion I know.
    I want to see how the tough President will handle this.

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  2. This is also true that U.S president MR. Barack Obama made the issues over the president Du30 sensational too. Maybe HE thought that we're nothing that the Philippine needs U.S. more than themselves. China is threat to our sovereignty. At the end, we'll come begging help from them. I hope the president will find better solutions to this crisis.

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  3. Thanks be to God! Finally it exposed by this Blog... Napakadami pong ganyang TV Networks na bukod sa biased e mahilig gumawa ng mga pekeng istorya. More power po sa inyo, Mr. Controversy at samahan nawa kayo ng Dios sa inyong pageexpose ng mga isyung dapat matalakay sa ating lipunan. To God be the Glory!!!

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  4. The President is doing his job fair and with hosesty! Journalist must do theirs too! Don't pull the good man down, you, we owe it to him that he is cleaning the dirt of our country for a long time of period that none of the previous have done! Thanks be to God that Pres. Duterte become our president!

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  5. Sometimes, depending on a network that journalists are relaying to, some media body become fictional than factual. The only network that people can have true and factual is UNTV network. I believe that bro. Eli and Daniel won't allow misinformation in the air.

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  6. Let us unite to expose and fight this corrupt journalism in the Philippines. If they can do that to a sitting President, much more they can do that to the ordinary citizen..

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  7. tama si Mr.CX, dapat kung ano yung sinabi ni President, yung ang ibalita.

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  8. This is what other people's worries that if MR. Du30 becomes president he may not hold himself and make bad image to the Filipinos as whole. This is now true. But let's look to positive side of this issues. They gave the chairmanship of next year meeting to us.

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  9. To our other friends in media, please double check your facts and your ethics in delivering news.

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  10. You nailed it right Brother eLI! It just so happened that The President has the backbone to call a spade a spade.In the diplomatic community this maybe a faux pas but nonetheless how will you react when somebody is calling your attention to your human rights activities when in their backyard, they are shooting blacks who were already lying on the streets in abject surrender to the racist "white-skinned" law enforcement officers. You can only say in exasperation, Puting Ina! hahaha.

    Clearly when the president uttered that expression it is not to demean Pres Obama, but as an utterance made out of desperation..

    welcome to the world of the truth US guys!Just like bro eli who when he preached the truth based on the bible, he also called a spade a spade and a white a white...

    The PH foreign policy some diplomats say would be changing with the way pres duterte handles his foreign policies, yet its just a small price to pay for expressing and telling the truth!

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  11. so called "journalist" in the phils. not really thought the real context of what our president is saying. they just want to make their own scoop to defame president duterte. shame on those "journalist" saying they only tell the truth!

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  12. #UnfairJournalismAgainstDuterte is not only working against his person but against our nation, our people. The Philippines need all the help it can get; and for the local media to stay factual is more than what we could already ask for.

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  13. Dapat ang pag-uulat ay katotohanan walang bawas walang kulang at walang pinapanigan. Salamat sa Diyos at may Bro. Eli na nagpapaunawa sa atin kung ano tunay na journalism

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  14. What shall we call these irresponsible so-called journalists?...extra journalistic killers?

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  15. That's because most of mediamen, TV networks, and other rebel are in the hands of Oligarchy.
    And perhaps most of them (Oligarch) are druglords.

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  16. This is not the first time TV journalist gave the public biased information! They are twisting Mr. Presidents words just to get attention. Journalist MUST be impartial and fair when delivering news to the public.

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  17. Abs-cbn news reporter did not practice responsible journalism or news reporting by not verfying the veracity of his source's statement that no handshake happened between Pres. Obama and Pres. Duterte. The admission of Pres. Obama that he did shake hands with Pres. Duterte tarnished the good reputation of abs-cnb news group. Abs-cbn management should punish or discipline the erring reporter for his false news and bad image done to abs-cbn news group and to the two presidents.

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  18. Because of achievement kaya may big issue ang mga BIAS Media.
    #UnfairJournalismAgainstDuterte

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  19. It's indeed a heart breaking scenario that is now happening in our country. Imagine, a man, an old man trying his best to fix our country, doing his all, dedicating his life and everything, and yet, there are these people, the so called-journalists, instead of helping our President they were doing the opposite. They have that conscience of faking the news, twisting the truth, telling lies infront of millions of people not only in our country but obviously- worldwide.
    I hope and pray for President Duterte's health. May our good God give him more strenght to fully fulfill his sworn duties.
    And we're thankful for having a Bro. Eli Soriano who is an advocate of truth. Like President Duterte, Bro. Eli also suffered the same maltreatment from this corrupt news stations. Be brave President Duterte! We're here to support you in your call for change, for the betterment of our country! GOD bless! <3

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  20. The false news that no handshake occurred between Pres. Obama and Pres. Duterte during ASEAN Summit is an example of irresponsible journalism. It portrays that bad relationship is brewing between the two presidents, thus may affect the integrity of both executives. The integrity of the TV station which aired this news is also undoubtedly tarnished because it is how I feel and see it.

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  21. so whats else is new,? with this 2 bias networks.....GMA 7 ABIAS CBN...di naman nila kaya si DU30 nung sabihan sila boycott; akala kasi nila sila lang ang source of info; fyi theres a lot of social media, forums, yahoo news, etc online... and how come na ginagawa nila ito; di ba nila alam na meron full video released ang ptv national network and other online sites covering presidents events; to prove na walang ganitong salita ang pangulo at di aasa ang tao sa mga edited coverage nila. lalo lang silang nahahayag na wala silang kwentang network......di na ako nagtataka kung bakit umalis si kuya Daniel sa walang kwentang network na yan gma7 abias-cbn....

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  22. Philippine media is discrediting their own President in the name of selfish interests but they don't realize that they're ultimately discrediting themselves as a Filipino. It's a pity that people get short-sighted when money is involved.

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  23. Good thing there is UNTV Channel 37. They deliver news based on what they have seen and heard.

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  24. Brilliant reaction, coming from a brilliant mind thanks Bro.Eli Soriano for enlighten as in regards to this issue.The Philippines is Blessed by having a true preacher with strong heart and a beautiful mind.

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  25. akala ng mga giant Media sa Pinas nakakatuwa yung mga program at balita nila,
    mga kasinungalingan at walang kwenta lang ang gusto nilang ipaabot sa mga tao,,

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  26. I thought it was just a joke or some kind of caricature (correct me if I'm wrong). It was really published online in and out of this country.

    Thanks be to God, Mr. Controversy, for this blog that you've published today. I'm sure fact-finders will take consideration to this, and supporters of President Duterte will be happy about it.

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  27. its a shame for our journalist, a truly bias reporting. somebody are with them, it could be evil doers. thanks to our beloved preacher Bro Eli who will never stop telling the real truth. “TO GOD BE THE GLORY”

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  28. What's my say on this? I think these 'irresponsible journalists' need to go back to undergraduate school to study again. They needed to enroll again in a 'CDA' course, Critical Discourse Analysis. Shame on them that they display such 'fashion of ignorance' in the context of communication, and I think it is more than a display of ignorance. These media giants, why do they allow their tentacles to relay a message in a way that it will be maliciously interpreted? I can sense a display of 'play of power' here. Media can distort news. It can defame someone (specially those whom they think to be a 'threat' to their business). So this is once again the old antics of yours so nobody can outpower you. What will the Philippines gain if US President Obama and our President became estrange to each other? or what will the 'big boss' of these 'irresponsible journalists' gain if that happened? Obviously you are not mediating but you are putting the Philippines in a compromised position. Instead of you serving the country, you are serving your 'always' empty' bellies.

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  29. This blog is beyond amazing! Salamat sa Dios!

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  30. Salamat Mr. Controversy sa iyong bible based blog na ito. Nagiging guide namin upang di kami mailigaw ng mga manloloko. We need you. Please continue! We pray for you!

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  31. Kaya sa UNTV37 kami nanonood ng balita e. Walang dagdag, walang bawas, nagbabalita ng tapat at totoo.

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  32. Journalist plays an important role, so one must have the very important characterictics of being truthful on whatever he/she wrote or deliver.

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  33. I pity the president,damage has been done. That same damage has been done to Bro Eli.Not only does it affect the president but it does put the country in a bad light. I hope fairness and equality will be truly practiced by journalists all over the world.

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  34. unfair kasi kayo kaya galit kayo kay President

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  35. Check how accurate bro Eli with his analysis which jives with Mr.Federico Pascual's (Postcript) of the Philippine Star published on 9/11/2016. You would even conclude that Mr. Pascual has read Bro Eli's blog as well.

    Here, Mr.Obama was just served a doze of his own medicine by Digong since Obama also called Russian President Vladimir Putin expletives.Allegedly, calling the former KGB Agent a Jack-ass, is a no brainer for the Harvard Law Grad Obama! Just read the write up of Mr. Pascual....

    "PRESIDENT Barack Obama did not have a chance in Hangzhou last week to fire a “Putin-inamo!” at his bloody Russian counterpart, but in the sidelines of a G20 summit in 2013, he was allegedly agitated enough to call Vladimir Putin a jackass.

    The Obamic name-calling was apparently glossed over without incident. None of the leaders of the world’s rival superpowers raced for the red button. Satirist and comedian Andy Borowitz reported (09/06/2013) in The New Yorker:

    “ST. PETERSBURG – Hopes for a positive G20 summit crumbled today as President Obama blurted to Russia’s Vladimir Putin at a joint press appearance, ‘Everyone here thinks you’re a jackass.’

    “The press corps appeared stunned by the uncharacteristic outburst from Mr. Obama, who then unleashed a ten-minute tirade at the stone-faced Russian President.

    “’Look, I’m not just talking about Snowden and Syria,’ Mr. Obama said. ‘What about Pussy Riot? What about your anti-gay laws? Total jackass moves, my friend.’

    “As Mr. Putin narrowed his eyes in frosty silence, Mr. Obama seemed to warm to his topic.“’If you think I’m the only one who feels this way, you’re kidding yourself,’ Mr. Obama said, jabbing his finger in the direction of the Russian President’s face. ‘Ask Angela Merkel. Ask David Cameron. Ask the Turkish guy. Every last one of them thinks you’re a dick.’

    “Shortly after Mr. Obama’s volcanic performance, Mr. Putin released a terse official statement, reading, ‘I should be afraid of this skinny man? I wrestle bears.’”....

    See guys, the fact that Mr.Obama did not return the compliments of Digong is not because he, as President has diplomatic finesse, rather he did not return a counter-punch to Digong because Obama saw himself on Digong who only speaks the truth, just like him when he castigated Putin, and just like the firebrand Bro Eli who when he preaches, he just preaches the truth based on the bible.. To GOD be the Glory!!

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  36. OPO... sa UNTV nagbabalita na ng totoo, nagrerescue pa ng mga tao kahit sa pananampalataya ang biktima ay mga kaibayo!

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  37. Just a sort of correction, Pres. Duterte said "Putang ina", and not "Putang ina mo" (watch: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bWMgxy8-WC8), which is why it did a real havoc when these "jerknalists" reported that Duterte called Obama a "son of a whore" when "Putang ina" is actually an expression of anger/frustration -- and "Putang ina" is different from "Putang ina mo". Besides, Pres. Duterte was referring to these columnists who are tempting him.

    These 'intelligent' journalists were supposed to give facts and usually make fun of Mocha Uson, a die-hard Duterte supporter, whom they refer to as "trying-hard to be politically intelligent while giving misinformation" when in fact, they've been doing similar thing -- by partially quoting or spinning statements with malice.

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  38. Thanks Be To God! Thank you to #MrControversyX for this amazing blog.
    # UnfairJournalismAgainstDuterte

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  39. Ngayon ko naiintindihan si marcos kung bakit bawal ang report laban sa gobyerno dati"news blk out".....kaya pala nakakasira itong mga media talaga

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  40. Veey true! Thanks be to God for this blog!

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  41. The Truth shall set us free... Thanks be to God for this very relevant blog..

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  42. This is one true example of Filipino crab mentality that one of the biggest media networks in the Philippines sensationalized MR.Du30`s response to U.S. president. This is not mere journalism. It's also a cultural way of attacking ourselves to our own detriment.

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  43. wrong info media or gusto nila talaga siraan si pres tsk! tsk! tsk!

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  44. some of these journalist ruins our own for the sake of money..they are just like drug lords that will do all wrongs to make money..they must be eliminated from the service of the truth..and put in war zone..

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  45. Now i believe that out mind has been molded by this media a long time ago as i grew up listening to them and what what i hear for a particular person now seems so different and i wonder the person they kept on defaming for decades keeps his loyalists...like marcos all i know about him is his brutality but not his brilliancy...

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  46. It is the reporter who is really very irresponsible maybe. Tv executive should fire these unfair reporters if they dont tolerate such act.

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  47. You see, a powerful nation on earth with all advance military arsenal that Filipinos can have access with by our president, because of irresponsible news brought by irresponsible journalists halted Mr. Du30 and the U.S. president to talk to a productive meeting regarding issues on kalayaan islands. This is unfortunate. Russia already sided with China. Who's going to be with us? You are on your own!

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  48. Stick to the truth in gathering news - paid news release is a no no.

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  49. A people with variety of tongues is very difficult to group together as a nation, that's what we are as Filipinos. What we have and a lot people don't realize is a grace of GOD that was hidden among nations. This is our hope and our fortune. This is happening now.

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  50. Bringing those who speaks the truth under shame and humiliations seems like a norm in the society already which brings too much negativity not just for the individual but also for the whole community. But I belive that the president's fidelity will reign with God's help. This blog is a great eye-opener for everyone. Keep up the good blog.

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  51. This is another sensible blog of Mr.ControversyX

    Other Media is bias or they are trying to mislead Pilipino or other nationality like ABIAS-CBN they said Obama didnt shake hands to Duterte but drom the mouth of Obama he did shake hand to Duterte this kind of Media is irresponsible in guess this media is subjection to have suspension and Penalty i hope congress to make a law that who ever Media that irresponsible for any news is subjected for Penalty and 1 Month to 1 yr imprisonment so the media need to be careful for all news👊🇵🇭

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  52. I can relate to this blog a lot because I was a Mass Communication student majoring in Journalism and my experience in this field is extensive enough to fathom what Bro.ELI wanted us to decipher. Having witnessed Bro.ELI’s ordeal from the Philippine mass media would more than suffice the reason why he can mutually empathize with Duterte’s affliction. Experience speaks for itself.
    I remember how my professor always adduce the power of the pen and he always tell us how a single typo on a newspaper could create a chain of misfortune and catastrophic events. He exemplified humorously that if a tabloid headline was not properly proofread, a typo like “NAGPUnTA si Imelda sa Hawaii” would look like “Nagputa si Imelda sa Hawaii” if the letter “N” went missing. Imagine how libelous an article could go in view of negligence on typing error. Unfortunately, the common tao are more magnetized with controversial and intriguing stories than the truth. That is because rumors and gossips are fun to read for someone with imaginative mind. Which logically explains why the bible is the least read, because the truth in it is for chosen audience only.
    Thank you BRO.ELI for this blog. TO GOD BE THE GLORY.

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  53. Thanks be to God we have Mr.ControversyX to defense the leaders of countries with Biblical based teachings, justice and arguments which those who are in media or in press must learned the truth, justice and Biblical way of journalism.

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  54. Journalistic integrity nowadays are very few.

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  55. We should practice proper and responsible journalism. Some TV journalist gave the public biased information now a days which is not right. Let us unite to expose and fight this corrupt journalism in the Philippines. Good thing there is UNTV Channel 37. Salamat sa Dios!
    #UnfairJournalismAgainstDuterte

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  56. This is one of the reasons why I only trust UNTV when it comes to News.

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  57. What we say or write has rippling effect. One should not be irresponsible. Journalists should know that. An intelligent Pinoy should know by now which networks can be trusted or not.

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  58. Useless, plagues of society .
    Why do they keep spreading lies ?
    Wonder why they can stomach it ?

    President Duterte really need our prayers.

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  59. Thanks be to God that there is UNTV 37, because they deliver news on what they've heard and saw. That's why I trust UNTV when comes to news. Thanks be to God

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  60. These irresponsible Journalists are destroying the whole country's reputation. If possible, they should be punished.

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  61. If they can do that to a President, what then can we expect they could do to an ordinary person.

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  62. Pres. Duterte combined with bro.Eli as spiritual adviser much better for me.

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  63. President Duterte combined bro.Eli as spiritual adviser much better for me.

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  64. It's very unbecoming that instead of helping the people to see what really happens to our society, these big networks (i.e ABS-CBN, GMA NETWORK and international channels like CNN) are doing bull crap.

    They no longer serve with fairness, instead they serve their own stomach. You don't even have to look twice, because too much greed emanates from them in all points. I feel bad for President Digong, just the same as I felt bad with what this so called "journalists" did to Bro Eli before.

    Thank God there's still UNTV that we can still watch. God bless to Mr. Controversy X for his informative and very timely blogs.

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  65. Poor understanding of fake journalist, looking for their own benefits.

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  66. We must be careful in listening news that sometimes makes us lost in the reality.

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  67. Yung mga nagbabalita palagi ng against sa Presidente, siguro yan yung mga kasama sa "payroll" dati na ngayon ay HINDI NA MAKATANGGAP kasi apektado yung "negosyo" na kasama sila sa payroll dahil sa matinding kampanya ng Presidente laban sa mga "negosyong" ito na ILEGAL. SIGURO lang naman, SIGURO.

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