PDI, GMA 7, PLDT team up for 2013 polls



GMA Network lead the signing of a Memorandum of Agreement with Inquirer, telecommunication companies, universities, businesses, and civic groups for the coverage of the 2013 elections. Grab from INQUIRER.net’s MATIKAS SANTOS video

The Philippine Daily Inquirer on Thursday signed an agreement with GMA Network, Smart Communications and Philippine Long Distance Telephone (PLDT) company to team up in covering the 2013 midterm elections.

The memorandum of agreement—also signed by the PDI’s online website INQUIRER.net, leading schools and universities, the business sector, and social and civic organizations—calls on all parties to “cooperate and merge respective competencies to have comprehensive, objective and nonpartisan” media coverage of the elections.

Smart, led by its chairman Manuel V. Pangilinan, and PLDT, represented by its president and chief executive officer Napoleon Nazareno, agreed to be the telecommunications provider of the coverage.

The agreement was signed for the Inquirer by Alexandra Prieto-Romualdez, its president and CEO, and for INQUIRER.net by its president, Paolo Prieto.

GMA Network’s chairman and CEO Felipe Gozon said in a speech that the advancement in technology allowed the delivery of information in real time.

“Information now flows fast and free in a world without borders,” Gozon said. “We are in [this partnership] for public service and because of our motivation to do what is right.”

PARTNERS GMA Network chair and CEO Felipe Gozon, PLDT/Smart chair Manny V. Pangilinan and Inquirer president and CEO Sandy Prieto-Romualdez share a light moment before the signing of an agreement at GMA Studio 7 on Thursday among their companies for the coverage of the 2013 midterm elections. ANDREW TADALAN

He stressed the media’s role as a watchdog to ensure that the elections were fair.


Real-time information

Paolo Prieto said in an interview that Filipinos all over the world could expect in-depth and real-time information during the elections.

“We are really very excited and we are looking forward to the success of this media coverage partnership with various sectors,” he said.

Fair, credible elections

The agreement calls on the signatories to “work together to implement a far-reaching and thorough all media information campaign aimed at arming citizens/viewers/listeners/readers with ample knowledge to be able to choose wisely and exercise their right to vote.”

The Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism (PCIJ), represented by journalist Malou Mangahas, the Catholic Media Network, led by Father Francis Lucas, and the Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting, led by Henrietta de Villa and Ana de Villa Singson, also signed the agreement. They pledged to provide wider details and context in their coverage of the elections.

Election Commissioner Elias Yusoph, speaking for Election Chairman Sixto Brillantes, commended the collective efforts of the parties to help ensure fair and credible elections.

Other signatories included Ateneo de Manila University, led by Jaime Hofileña; De La Salle University, led by Br. Ricardo Laguda; University of the Philippines College of Mass Communication, led by dean Rolando Tolentino; UP School of Economics, led by dean Ramon Clarete; and University of Santo Tomas.

They agreed to provide insight and analysis to the poll coverage.

Quick count

AMA Education System, represented by Amable Aguiluz V, will help GMA establish and operate its election quick count system.

Socio-civic organizations and the advocacy groups YouthVote Philippines and RockEd will involve the youth in guarding the votes.

Business and other groups also signed the agreement to express their advocacy for fair elections. They included the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the Chamber of Commerce of the Philippine Islands, as well as the Punongbayan & Araullo tax and auditing firm.

First posted 6:13 pm | Thursday, November 8th, 2012

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  • fuctore

    No wonder , this paper is anti ABS CBN.
    Proof? just check out their entertainment section.

    • magiting78

      Ofcourse PDI and GMA-7 are ties…

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/V4DWQYWMGUDJUOORMR5KVYVK2A Ian

    I am a fan of PDI but not of GMA.  Go go ABS!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1379274884 Carl Sanchez Bordeos

    With this noble project of GMA-7, it only tells us that it is the leading and MOST TRUSTED news agency of the country. Importantly, with this partnerships of the country’s leading institutions, GMA-7 is true to its mission of “Serbisyong Totoo”. Mabuhay ka, GMA-7!

  • http://www.facebook.com/lavezares.northernsamar Lavezares Northern Samar

    Go, go GMA! Proud to be Kapuso.

    • magiting78

      brod kulang dapat lagyan mo 7 baka sabihin nila c PGMA yan hehehe

  • Guest

    Si gozon singkit.
    Si mvp singkit din.
    Si prietos singkit din.

    Ang mga politiko natin, may lahing singkit din.

    Simply put, wala silang pinagkaiba sa mga mestizo at illustrado ng nakaraan. Hanggang ngayon, sakop pa rin tayo ng mga dayuhan.

    • marionics

      “China is now expected to surpass Japan as the 2nd richest country in the world. They could become the richest, but that’s only if we pay them the money we owe them, and that’s not going to happen.” –Jay Leno

      “A new survey shows that 1 in 5 Americans believe that God steers the economy. Mystery solved: God is Chinese.” –Conan O’Brien

      “China is now grading restaurants’ hygiene using smiley faces and frown faces. Really? Who do they have working on this stuff in China, kids? Oh.” –Jimmy Fallon

      “China has told us our days of squandering borrowed money are over. So maybe we shouldn’t tell them we just spent $76 million going to the Smurf movie.” –Conan O’Brien

      “The U.S. is now in serious danger of defaulting on our foreign loans, which explains why today, China showed up and broke the Statue of Liberty’s kneecaps.” –Jimmy Fallon

      “A new study has found that the majority of wealthy people in China want to move to other countries and the government is trying to find ways to keep them. If only they could build a big wall.” –Jay Leno

    • jorgii0550

      napaka racist mo naman at napakakitid ng utak mo……sino ba yung “purong” Pilipino na masasabi ngayun ehh halos lahat tayo ay nahaluan ng dugong intsik, kastila, amerikano, atbp………kung gusto mo ng pure native pinoy ehhh hikayatin mo yung mnga aeta sa Baguio na kumandidato.

  • Mike Moreno

    Dateline:  Richmond City, B.C.,  Canada.   Up here in the western front, we can also criticize some people but, with refinements.

  • hustlergalore

    juice mio, ang mga followers ng kabobohang network war una pang nag-comment. LOL

  • bhoystaana

    simula na yan ng pag take over ni MVP sa GMA

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