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!
"So yun ang malaking bagay na aming nasasabing kontribusyon sa ating lipunan. Yung sa isang kuwento sa lumabas sa XXX, sa SOCO, o kaya sa DZMM e nagbabago ang takbo ng kanilang buhay ng dahil lamang dun."
Taberna, on the one hand, mentions the Hello, Garci case as one of his most memorable. "Kami po sa DZMM ang unang nag-play ng Hello, Garci. Noon pong June 6, 2005. Ala una po nang hapon. Talagang ang laki po ng naggawa niya, actually isa po sa pinakamalaking political stories siguro sa generation po natin."
Among other stories that XXX did, Taberna likewise adds the episode on Lola Lourdes, an 85-year-old woman who was caged and physically maltreated by her own kin. "Ang pinakamalapit po sa puso namin, na istoriya ay si Lola po, si Lola Lourdes po." The news anchor continues that they in XXX take pride in their stories that instigate change and actually result to the drafting of new laws.
"Alam ho ninyo may isa na pong batas na ginagawa para po sa karapatan at proteksyon ng mga matanda. Mukha pong naihain na po sa first reading at yung Lola story namin sa XXX ay ipinatugtog po sa plenary session hall ng kongreso sa isang privilege speech...," shares Taberna.
PATROL NG PILIPINO. Tuesday’s time block will be taken over by the team of journalists of Patrol ng Pilipino who provide the public with the back stories of the news they gather all over the nation.
Jay Canoy likens picking a favorite story of his to a parent playing favorites over his children. "...Hindi ka makakapili ng paborito mong anak pero merong mga memorable traits yung bawat story na ginagawa mo so hindi ko masasabi na may paborito akong istoriya pero maraming may mga memorable stories."
Camoy shares one episode wherein he was interviewing a kid. While he was asking if the child gets scared of erupting volcanoes, the nearby Mt. Bulusan started emitting fume. The images of his experience are poignant in his head, says the patroller as he jokes, "Puro ako disaster stories."
Meanwhile, reporter Chiara Zambrano, expresses her job’s philosophy, "Winning news you can’t choose so whatever happens, whatever is given to you, kailangan mong gawin..."
For every news that she delivers, Zambrano makes it a point to pursue a story that she will love or initially has fallen in love with. One that she considers remarkable in her life is the episode she did on the annual Feast of the Nazareno.
"Taon-taon, kino-cover siya ng mga media. Taon-taon napapanood sa TV, pero hindi ko alam kung ano yung pakiramdam ko sa gitna nung napakarami.
"It’s out of sheer curiosity na pasok kaya tayo? Pag may camera tayo, pasok tayo baka mas maramdaman natin.
"Akala ko typical crowd na pinapasukan ko nung ako estudyante pa lang pero it’s grabe nakakatakot pala talaga. Yung sinasabi nilang nakakamatay is actually true at the day after it aired, naimpeksyon yung paa ko dun sa dumi ng Maynila."
Zambrano likens immersing herself in the sea of people- "Yung feeling dun sa gitna na alam mo yung palabas na mga zombies?
"I’m not saying they’re zombies, pero parang it felt that way. Yung disorientation mo, yung init, hindi ka makahinga, lahat ng tao nagtutulakan, all in the name of God. Iniisip mo lahat yung habang iniisip mo kung pano ka makakalabas nang buhay..."
The experience, she says was truly telling of the depths of the Filipino’s faith in God.
"It’s a very extreme display of faith na sa dulo nahirapan ako kung pano i-end yung storiya kasi you can’t judge either way.
"Hindi po puwedeng sabihin mali ito porke hindi ka ganito maniwala sa Diyos, hindi mo rin puwede sabihing tamang-tama ito, kailangan nating magpakamatay at saktan natin an gating mga sarili para mapakita na mahal natin ang Diyos."
STORYLINE. From the creation of the filmmaker-writer tandem of Paolo Villaluna and Patricia Evangelista, Storyline offers a unique documentary series that combines the elements of cinema and the narrative sans the presence of a news anchor or a host.
Starting Wednesay on DZMM Teleradyo, the award-winning documentary series will present its narratives.
Last April, Storyline bagged two awards from the New York Festivals’ Television and Film Awards--a silver for the biography-profiles category and a bronze for the community-portraits category.
Asked about the concept behind their unique treatment to stories, Villaluna answers, "Ang lawak kasi ng spectrum ng documentary in this country.
"Yung Storyline kasi by intention is not an investigative or an expose show. It’s really a storytelling show. It’s a human-interest-of-the-common-tao show. We wanted to experiment--can it stand without a host?"
Evangelista explains, "We wanted our loyalty to the story to stand before anything else. He’s [Villaluna] a film maker, so sa kanya cinema is key. Ako, I’m a writer. I’m not really a journalist but sa akin naman, yung kuwento talaga."
The application of the film language on a regular television show makes Storyline’s format one of a kind.
"You know how it is [that] every generation has a show na pang-kabataan, for college students?" explains Villaluna.
"I think when I was in college during the ’90s. It was Probe Team. It’s getting that kind of market na and we’re really happy na we have ABS-CBN and now we have DZMM as a venue for that."
Asked what stories they plan to pursue for future episodes, Evangelista tells, "Storyline po kasi lagi kaming naghahanap ng kuwento. Lagi."
The writer columnist elaborates on two things they look for. "Una po, kailangan may puso. Alam naman namin yun e. Isang tingin lang, isang rinig lang, storiya namin yan! Pangalawa, ito yung mahirap, kailangan marunong silang magkuwento. Yun yung medyo mahirap. Kahit Tagalog or English, it doesn’t matter, kahit Taglish basta you care when they tell the story."
Evangelista emphasizes that their stories are not ones that make it to the breaking news, rather they are stories that happen to every person everyday.
"Last week po we did an episode, Demolition, isa pong babae na manganganak pa lang at idedemolish niya sa E-Rodriguez at isang lalaki po kasama sa demolition team ng Metro Manila, alam naming magkikita silang dalawa e.
"So both of them, alam naming may kuwento sila e, at may karapatan silang sabihin. So kahit ano po, kahit sino sa inyong may kuwento, sige na po, tumulong na po kayo," Evanglista beams.
KRUSADA. Every Thursday, meanwhile, ABS-CBN’s documentary drama Krusada will take center stage on Teleradyo. Hosted by the different news anchors of the Kapamilya channel like Henry Omaga-Diaz, Ces Drilon, Karen Davila, Bernadette Sembrano, also Kim Atienza, Krusada applies advocacy journalism.
When asked about how an advocacy reaches the program, Henry Omaga-Diaz says, "Ang pinaka-format diyan, lahat ng anchors ng ABS-CBN News and Current Affairs, binibigyan talaga ng plataporma kung ano yung gusto nilang gawin, kung ano yung gusto nilang mangyari hindi lamang sa kanilang sarili, kundi sa lipunan natin.
"Yung mga bagay-bagay na hindi nila nasasabi sa news cast, nasasabi nila doon."
Omaga-Diaz cites co-anchor Ces Drilon’s episode on the Reproductice Health Bill.
"Nakita niyo si Ces Drilon... nagbigay siya ng kanyang sarili tayo tungkol sa Reproductive Health. Dun niyo makikita ang gusto niyang mangyari [at] mapasali sa Reproductive Health Bill... Yun ang paniwala niya na dapat mangyari kaya yun ang lumabas dun sa Krusada."
On the one hand, Omaga-Diaz’s Child Haus episode dealt with the truth behind CHILD (Center for Health Improvement and Life Development) Haus, a beneficiary of the PCSO (Philippines Charity Sweepstakes Office), and the dismal living conditions of its 140 residents who came from the province to seek temporary shelter and the Manila hospitals’ more advanced medical assistance.
"Ang sinasabi ko run, hindi maganda ang naging pagtrato ng PCSO," states Omaga-Diaz.
"Pero hindi kami unfair. Ibig sabihin binibigyan pa rin namin ng puwang kung ano yung masasabi nung kabila na natatamaan ng aming advocacy."
SOCO (Scene of the Crime Operatives). Labeled the as the country’s "crime icon," Gus Abelgas and his fault-finding, crime-investigating program SOCO will be aired Fridays on Teleradyo.
Asked how he feels about being called the crime icon, SOCO’s host answers, "I feel elated kasi yung paggagaya nila sa akin is a big factor for me na siya pala yun!
"In fact, when you say SOCO hindi na identified sa pulis, e. Identified with ABS-CBN."
Abelgas narrates an incident during the Maguindanao Massacre crime investigation wherein he and his SOCO team were mistakenly expected to be at the scene of the crime instead of the police body.
"Ang hinahanap, ’Bakit walang ABS-CBN, wala si Gus dito?’ Sabi ni Gen. Espina, ’Hindi! Media yun!" ...
"Kasi they expected na yung SOCO ng ABS-CBN, yung reresponde dun sa lugar... Talagang very proud ako na ginagaya ako ng, marami na e, hindi ko lang matandaan sa dami."
Further inquired about death threats he could possibly be getting, the senior news anchor says with a chuckle, "Marami na kaya lang manhid na rin ako sa tagal ko na dito serbisyo... Pero iba lang yung nag-iingat siyempre."
Meanwhile, the ABS-CBN News and Current Afffairs team promises to remain committed to its responsibility of not just delivering honest stories but as well finding resolutions to the country’s problems and to never stop going after the big stories.