Tuesday, May 22, 2012

ABS-CBN criticized for unveiling TV Patrol marker at Ampatuan massacre site

A photo is making rounds and drawing controversy in social networking site Facebook on Tuesday, May 22.


The photo, uploaded by Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism (PCIJ) journalist Ed Lingao at 10:58 a.m., shows a screen grab of the unveiling of ABS-CBN's primetime news show TV Patrol's 5th Balitandaan marker at the Ampatuan massacre site in Salman, Maguindanao.


"Sure, news execs also said that the marker was to commemorate the victims of the massacre. But really, now; who are we kidding?", said Lingao in the photo's description.


"Didn't it just turn the massacre site into "one of our big stories that we covered so well so please congratulate us" type of thing?", he added.


As of this posting, the photo got more than 350 shares and 175 comments, most of which bashed the ABS-CBN management.


The massacre, also known as the Maguindanao massacre, occurred on November 23, 2009 in Ampatuan town in Maguindanao, where 58 people were killed, including 34 journalists. Then Buluan town vice mayor Esmael Mangudadatu, through his family members and supporters, has invited journalists to cover his filing of certificate of candidacy (COC) in the gubernatorial race for the upcoming 2010 elections.


Along their way to the Commission on Elections provincial office in Shariff Aguak, the convoy of six vehicles was stopped by 100 armed men, abducted, and later brutally killed all of its members.


Below is the photo with the description. And let me know your thoughts too by voting in the poll afterwards.




Did I get it right? TV Patrol unveiled its 5th Balitandaan marker at the Ampatuan massacre site in Salman, Maguindanao? The marker "memorializes the biggest stories covered by the news program in the past 25 years," the ABSCBN story said. Sure, news execs also said that the marker was to commemorate the victims of the massacre. But really, now; who are we kidding? Didn't it just turn the massacre site into "one of our big stories that we covered so well so please congratulate us" type of thing? Maybe the other networks also have the right to do the same thing, and set up billboards with blinking LED lights as well. It somehow leaves a bad taste in the mouth. Or maybe I'm just jaded.












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