MANY public officials wouldn’t touch the media with a 10-foot pole.

Yes, it may be true that it is part of the media’s role in society to be the watchdog of the government, which includes exposing their errors and anomalies.

But these people should realize that the media need to take the risk.

Without the media exposing corruption, the public will be blind to the abuse of power that masquerades as public service. And democracy will be a mere illusion.

President Aquino lambasts the media for alleged fancy reporting and muckraking on negative issues and controversies. This is ironic since his father was one of the most respected journalists during his time.

I believe the media report both the positive and the negative. But of course the media expose corruption and deal more with negative issues as a matter of public urgency.

In staying true to their ethics and principles, the media risk their lives to be of service to the public. Our country continues to be one of the most dangerous places for journalists in the world. Many of these media killings are unresolved,such as the infamous Maguindanao Massacre of 2009.

How many lives of journalists must end before the president wakes up from his slumber? When will he appreciate the role of media in society?

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I would like to show my gratitude to my alma mater, the University of Santo Tomas, and my professors, for the education and lessons in life I learned on my stay. I would forever cherish all the memories I had in UST.

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To the Varsitarian, especially Sir Lito, Sir Ipe, Sir Ian, and Sir Eldric, for giving me a chance to be a part of this family and making me appreciate and love the profession I chose even more. Being a part of Varsitarian, showed me the glimpse of the real world and equipped me with skills I needed to survive in my profession. Staying for three years as part of the Varsitarian staff, were the best three years of my life.

To my family, thank you so much for all the unconditional love and undying support you gave me that made me stronger to face the hardships and struggles in life. Without you, I cannot imagine how I would surpass it all.

To my friends and 4JRN1, thank you for all the memories we shared. Thank you for always being there for me whatever what happen. Good luck to all our future endeavors and in pursuing our dreams in life. May our friendship never end.

It’s now time to open another chapter in my life. Thank you so much everyone. I love you all.

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