The University of San Jose-Recoletos Hosts Marshall McLuhan Forum, Philippines


At the University of San Jose-Recoletos in Cebu

The University of San Jose-Recoletos welcomed three representatives from the Canadian Embassy and one member from the Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism for the Marshal McLuhan Forum Series on Responsible Journalism held on December 3.The forum was themed “The Messenger as Victim and Shooter: From Maguindanao to Manila, The Unusual Phenomenon of the Role of the Media in the Philippines.”

Ambassador of Canada to the Philippines His Excellency Christopher Thornley, Honorary Consul of Canada in Cebu Consul Robert Lee, and Political and Economic Relations Counselor Embassy of Canada Mr. James Trottier attended the forum as a sign of their support.

2009 Mcluhan Fellow and ABS-CBN News Channel Director for Multi-media Mr. Ed Lingao served as speaker. He talked on the difference between print journalists and broadcasters, reasons why media people are killed, media people as victims, and media people as shooters.

He succinctly explained the reasons why media people are killed. He cited the weak justice system, the culture of impunity, and the politics of patronage as reasons why media people become victims. On the other hand, he was also keen to point out that the media can also be the shooter, and cited the Quirino Grandstand Hostage taking as the best example.

Media personalities in Cebu namely: DYAB Station Manager Mr. Leo Lastimosa, DYHP Station Manager Atty. Ruphil Bañoc, and DYRF Cebu Anchor Ike Durano were present at the Center for Performing Arts  during the forum to serve as reactants. Each of them aired their views regarding Mr. Lingao’s discussion.

Atty. Ruphil Bañoc’s stressed that “the media as the shooter is a debatable point.” Mr. Durano on the other hand was firm in saying that media competition in Cebu is a healthy one. He emphasized that competition brings out the best among media people.

Lastly, Mr. Lastimosa pointed out that the audience “(you) are the ratings.” He also placed his faith in the audience composed of Communication students and educators, saying that “you can correct media’s mistakes and enhance the good in us.” (Source: )


A student raises a question for speaker Mr. Ed Lingao during the open forum.


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