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Bacolod City, Philippines Thursday, April 12, 2018
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Secretary Martin Andanar of the Presidential Communications Operations Office urged the officers of the Negros Press Club to be the voices of the president’s call to eliminate illegal drugs, criminality, corruption, and acts of terrorism, during its 82 nd Oath-Taking and Induction Ceremony at the SMX Convention Center in Bacolod City, last night.

Andanar, in a message delivered by PCOO Undersecretary George Apacible, stressed that the spread of fake news and how it made the industry elusive and compromised is a challenge recently for the journalists.

“The world of journalism has entered a strange areawhere the truth has not only become elusive, compromised, or substituted for perceptions, opinions, sensational applications, or what is called as ‘fake news’,” he said, adding that it is an “Oxymoron if we analyze the phrase dexterously.”

He said that as media personalities are standing for the truth, the press is safeguarded to be free and there is no in between.

This year’s theme for the induction is “NPC @ 82: Standing Up for the Truth, Safeguarding Free Press,” and Andanar, in his message, said that it is fitting to what is happening in the industry right now.

“The advances in communication have become both a blessing and a bane with social media networking through facebook, twitter, blogs, and other social media platforms,” he said.

Andanar also hoped that the theme may prevail in the local media’s daily work and sustained for years as the press could only be guarded if the truth is the center of the narratives of the stories.

La Castellana Mayor Rhumyla Manguilimutan led the ceremonial induction of the new NPC officers who are, president Renato Duran (DYEZ Aksyon Radyo Bacolod), vice president Erwin Nicavera (SunStar Bacolod), secretary Dolly Yasa (Daily Guardian), treasurer Glazyl Masculino (SunStar Bacolod), auditor Elsie Jolingan (Negros Daily Bulletin);

Members of the Board of Directors are Chrysee Samillano (Visayan DAILY STAR), Martian Earl Muyco (ABS-CBN Bacolod), Hernand Garciniego (The Visayan DAILY STAR), Owen Bayog (Negros Daily Bulletin), Eric Magbanua (DYEZ Aksyon Radyo Bacolod), Merlinda Pedros (SunStar Bacolod), Jemlo Victosa (RMN DYHB Bacolod), Aquilino Ciocon (DYAF Radyo Veritas), and Edgar Lucasan (DYRL Abyan Radyo).

Duran, who was elected this year and 2017, said that he will continue his flagship program of helping members in times of emergency situations, and other institutionalized programs of NPC like the career enhancement, and sports programs.

He also urged the members to participate in these programs as it is their privilege as part of the press club.

“Being re-elected as the president is a very big responsibility to answer the trust given to me. With you cooperation and participation, we can do more,” Duran said.

Other guests during the event were Isabela Mayor Joselito Malabor, Provincial Planning and Development Officer Ma. Lina Sanogal, and some Bacolod City officials.

The event also included theunveiling of the new identification card for the NPC members and the oath taking of the eight new members.*MLG


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