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    Divided Filipinos


    There are Filipinos who rely on Philippine national media alone and there are Filipinos who don’t.


    The Philippine national media.


    The biggest media network of the Philippines is ABS-CBN Inc.


    ABS-CBN is under the influence of the President Aquino’s family. The late former president Cory Aquino helped the Lopez family, the owner of ABS-CBN to regain their corporation during the 80s after she became the president. In return, the Lopez family are very much in debt to the former president’s kindness to them and so they are loyal to her family.


    ABS-CBN network has a large loyal followers of Filipinos.


    The current president of the Philippines’s win for presidency in 2010 was largely because of ABS-CBN being on his side. Many Filipinos watch ABS-CBN TV channel and because ABS-CBN never forgets to advertise the Aquino, many Filipinos remember this family the most among any Filipino families.


    The very downside of this is ABS-CBN will always protect the Aquinos. Articles concerning President Benigno “NoyNoy” Aquino III are always carefully written and most of the time, sugar coated especially when they are written in English just to keep the controversies and embarassments from leaving the country.


    ANC is a branch of ABS-CBN. ANC is the supposedly English news channel of the country. They are also careful about their news if the story is about the president and the government.

    Here’s a picture of the divided Filipinos. You will spot the Filipinos who rely on national media alone and someone who is not.


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    My parents went to a hospital for a health checkup. It was in a private hospital in Luzon. Some of the children that were survivors from the typhoon were there at that time. My parents talked to some doctors and nurses of the hospital and the doctors and the nurses agree that the media is covering the mistakes of Aquino and Roxas in Tacloban city. Despite the cover up of this national media, there are Filipinos who are not blinded by it and can realize the truth. People are still very careful to not open up about what they know because they can be targeted for public scrutiny and their lives might be put in danger.

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