Patrol 630 recently bagged the silver prize in the prestigious New York
Festivals for Radio Broadcasting. The awards night took place last June 19 at
the Tribeca Rooftop in New York City. ABS-CBN's radio station won in the Breaking
News Story category (Longform) for its special coverage of the Manila hostage drama.
This annual event honors the most original and innovative work in radio
broadcasting from around the globe. Works are judged by an international jury
of renowned industry professionals representing the top creative minds in their
field from 12 countries and spanning five continents.
On March 28, 2007, Filipinos watched in horror when a daycare center owner hijacked
a bus (filled with his pre-school students and teachers) parked near Manila's City Hall. Hostage-taker Jun Ducat, the owner of Musmos
Day Care Center in Tondo, called DZMM and demanded free education as well as
free housing for his 145 pre-schoolers.
As soon as Radyo Patrol reporter Armel Fernandez broke
the story, DZMM geared up for a special coverage and deployed reporters to the
scene to get more information and a clearer picture of the situation at hand.
"The biggest breakthrough came when DZMM got hold of Jun Ducat, the
hostage-taker himself and as it turned out, it was only through DZMM that he
could be contacted. "It also became the
link between Ducat and the worried parents of school children," said ABS-CBN vice president for Manila Radio Division Peter
DZMM veteran anchors Ted Failon and Korina Sanchez served
as a bridge for Ducat and the proper authorities—from the Education Department,
to Social Welfare Department and, most importantly, the National Police—for his
demands. After ten hours of tension, the hostage drama ended when Ducat agreed
to surrender and release the hostages at 7 p.m.
"Throughout this, DZMM reported with prudence and acted
responsibly, thus, avoiding a tragic ending to this crisis. The station again
lives up to its commitment of being first in news and public service without
causing harm and endangering others," said Musngi.
Aside from winning
the silver prize, DZMM was also a finalist in the Talk Show Host category. Station
manager-anchor Angelo Palmones was cited for his science-oriented show Bago