"I want my staff, our journalists to push the envelope, so to speak, in news gathering. I always tell them nga, 'Kulang pa yan, let's do this, let's pursue this angle. Let's try to cover the 360 degrees of this story,'" says Ging Reyes, ABS-CBN News Head, on handling her team of journalists. The team is currently composed of (top frame, L-R) Julius Babao, Peter Musngi, Ging Reyes, Patricia Evangelista; (middle Frame, L-R) Chiara Zambrano, Ging Castaneda, Gus Abelgas, Gretchen Malalad; (bottom frame, L-R) Paolo Villaluna, Dominic Almelor, Jeff Canoy, and Anthony Taberna. Photo: Noel Orsal

On its silver anniversary, cable news channel DZMM Teleradyo launches its ABS-CBN News and Current Affairs tie-up as it begins airing the Kapamilya network's public-service-oriented programs  XXX, SOCO (Scene of the Crime Operative), Patrol ng Pilipino, Storyline, and Krusada starting September 5, Monday.

"We are a multi-platform organization at isa po itong hakbang para mas magamit namin ang maraming plataporma... para maabot namin ang mas maraming manonood," says ABS-CBN's News honcho Ging Reyes.

The five programs which are originally aired late nights on channel 2 will now enjoy an earlier screening at 9:15 PM on Teleradyo due to ABS-CBN and DZMM's combining of media forces.

DZMM Station Manager Mara Faner Capuyan clarifies that Usapang De Campanilla hosted by Atty. Danny Concepcion, Roselle Manahan, and Atty. Claire Castro, which airs on Teleradyo every 9:15 PM will be dechained from television. "Ibig sabihin, iba po yung mapapakinggan niyo na programa sa radyo at audio streaming on the web at iba rin po yung mapapanood niyo sa DZMM Teleradyo--ito na po yung current affairs news programs but this will happen only in this time slot," says Faner.

The joining of the teleradyo medium and the current affairs programs will be a first in the country.

DZMM Teleradyo is carried by some 280 cable-TV systems around the Philippines according to ABS-CBN Manila Radio Division Head Peter Musngi. "So hindi po kagaya yan ng DZMM news radio na napapakinggan sa buong Luzon at parte lang ng Visayas because yun lang ang lisensya ng DZMM radio.

"Pero ang cable po, kagaya ng Teleradyo, ay napapanood mula Aparri hanggang Jolo dahil sa dami ng mga cable companies na kumuha ng prangkisa upang maipalabas nila ang Teleradyo."

XXX: EKSLUSIBONG EKSPLOSIBONG EXPOSÉ. The Monday slot will air the investigative stories of anchor-reporters Anthony Taberna, Julius Babao, and Pinky Webb on its program, XXX.

Remarkable for its May 18, 2011 expose of ex-Batangas governor Antonio Leviste's VIP treatment and illegal trips outside the walls of the New Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa City, the show continues to bank on its credibility and reliability according to Taberna, the XXX host responsible for the Leviste expose.

He says of XXX, "Kapag tinakbuhan mo, hindi ka tatalikuran. Pag inumpisahan po namin, hindi po namin tinatantanan. Kami po yung totoong ganon. Hindi ka po namin tatantanan.

"Kaya nakita niyo naman po kahit hindi nag-reresign si Totoy Diokno sa Bureau of Corrections, ilang episodes po kami sa XXX sa Leviste case. Tatlo po yun ata.

"... So siguro po kapag nakikita po ng mga informants po namin yung mga ganung mga aksyon ay nakakatulong sa kanilang magdesisyon nang madali na tama, itong XXX ang dapat naming takbuhan."

On his favorite XXX episode Julius Babao says, "I guess yung mga episodes talaga naming nagpabago sa sistema ng takbo ng gobyerno and marami rin kaming nailabas na ganun, lalong na yung mga naisasama sa batas, nagiging influential sa mga pulitiko para sila ay makagawa ng batas na makatutulong sa ating mga kababayan. Yun siguro yung mga memorable and of course yung mga istoriya na nakapagliligtas sa mga tao."

The problem in society today, continues Babao, is that when people approach the authorities for help, such people in power do not take action. "Aaksyon lang ang mga yan pag nasa media na. Kahit sa programa naming sa radyo, sa Aksyon Ngayon, ang tagal-tagal na ng mga problema nila.

"Ilang taon na nilang dala-dala yun, pero sa isang tawag lang sa mga kinauukulan, pag nakausap na, aksyon agad!