Right to Reply

Let’s talk about my right to reply. My right to reply is also his right and also their right.

Press freedom advocates don’t need to get alarmed on this.

1. Right to reply is still a bill, not yet a law.

2. President Arroyo already told the public that she will not sign the bill into law. (So good Senators and Congressmen, why should you bother to deliberate it? Darn!). Nagpalapad sa iyang papel.

3. Senators Mar Roxas, Legarda, and Escudero already told the public that they will back out their support to the bill. (Because they consider the number of votes that will be affected in 2010.  Darn!) Ang mundo ay napapaligiran ng balimbing.

4. Many are opposing the bill because they simply want to oppose and because they understand.

5. If the bill gets approved and becomes law, it only gives  right to reply not an obligation to reply.  So it doesn’t eats up much space and airtime.

6. The major problem if the bill becomes law is the difficulties of writing replies. Will there be new breed of writers called Reply Writers? Most likely they will come from the press/media bench. Another career to look up too? Darn!

The essence of  Right to Reply is mentioned in  both SB 2150 and HB 3306 which reads:

All persons natural or juridical who are accused directly or indirectly of committing, having committed, or of intending to commit any crime or offense defined by law; or are criticized by innuendo, suggestion or rumor for any lapse in behavior in public or private life shall have the right to reply to charges or criticisms published or printed in newspapers, magazines, newsletters or publications circulated commercially or for free, or aired or broadcast over radio, television, websites, or through any electronic device.

I don’t think the bill will curtail the freedom of the press. The bill just attempt to be fair to those who have no license to write and voice out on air. Isn’t the Philippine press already enjoy too much freedom? But isn’t the freedom we give to them are also being abused by some?

If the argument on the right to reply being abused is used as reference, can we not also look into some abuse of some writers and broadcasters?

To be fair, give them both the rights. Then let them abuse it if they want to. Let be the readers and listeners and viewers weigh things.

I heard several broadcasters talking about near to impossible scenario when the bill becomes law. I laugh out loud in silence because what I heard was called yellow.

10 thoughts on “Right to Reply

  1. Hi there Jerry! I just want to clarify your post about Mar Roxas’ stand on the Right of Reply bill.

    Mar Roxas didn’t signed the Committee Report No. 43, which is about the Right of Reply Bill as prepared by the Senate Committee on Public Information and Mass Media and on Justice and Human Rights, that was made around 2007 or 2008. You can search that committee report using this address: http://www.senate.gov.ph/lis/leg_sys.aspx?congress=14&type=committee_rpt

    I think it was just a misconception that when the media asked him about his position on the bill, considering that he is running for President in 2010, that was the only time he back out his support amidst the pressure from the media organizations.

    At first, he was not supporting the bill since it was filed in the Senate.

    I hope I made Mar Roxas’ stand on Right of Reply clear Jerry.


  2. Sakto ka dyan bai, wala namang violation of press freedom dyan. Medyo na delay lang sila sa kikitain. Yan ang tutoong dahilan kaya suko ang mga media.

  3. 2. President Arroyo already told the public that she will not sign the bill into law. (So good Senators and Congressmen, why should you bother to deliberate it? Darn!). Nagpalapad sa iyang papel.

    Eto ang klarong walang political will.

  4. hi, kusmusta ka bay….and pangalan nako is Nino… I’m a college student here in the US, me and sum friends are trying to start a magazine that is geared towards the filipino community here in the states…We are browsing around and looking for some bloggers who are willing to write topics and stories that we will publish in the magazine…its a good way for you and your blog can get some free publicity thanks…please e-mail me back if your interested, Thank You…

  5. @www deped: Well, Gwen feels that she has all the power. If Gwen doesn’t help the Osmena-Supported candidate, will that matter? Gwen has only 1 vote. Gwen cannot dictate people. Better for her not to say such words and focus instead on her work.

  6. When the bill about Generic Law is to be passed by the congress the Doctors are against to it for so many reasons.

    When the bill about the right to reply if i am correct is to be passed by the same body. Many media workers are against to it. Same logic right?

    If there is a law that open the bank secrecy all businessman will be against to it even the congress. LOL

  7. Pingback: Right of Reply Bill: What’s the FUZZ? (draft status) « EXODIANS

  8. OT:

    Ang kamay-ong sa batangboutan sa blog entry is in reference sa gravatar/avatar/ ni batangboutang …dili ang dakong litrato… ang gamay nga naa sa kilid sa comment. Basaha na lang unya igsoong kamay-ong sa igsoon nga batangboutan.

    Salamat sa pagbisita.

    darbs (exodians.wordpress.com)

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