Sun. Star suspends columns of broadcaster Nalzaro

Columnist says management accommodated request of Garcia elders


Did the camp of Gov. Gwendolyn Garcia finally  gag veteran Sun.Star columnist Bobby Nalzaro?

Since the start of the new year, Nalzaro’s Saksi column no longer appears in Sun Star Cebu and its Cebuano tabloid Sun Star  Superbalita.

Asked yesterday  if it was true that his 15-year-old column was discontinued in 2013  because of his critical stand  against   the suspended governor,  Nalzaro was at first hesitant to issue a statement.

He later sent a text message confirming the report.

He said that he was advised to stop writing because the Sun Star management accommodated the request of elders in the Garcia family.


“I am on sabbatical leave.  Admittedly, I am hesitant to discuss this issue because it’s an internal matter between me and Sun Star. But since this came out, well,  I was advised by my editors to stop writing,” Nalzaro said.


“They were frank and candid in telling me that the management just accommodated the request (not pressure ha) of the Garcia elders for me to stop writing until the Capitol conflict is resolved maybe because we differed in our views. I’m one of those who called on Gwen to step down while exhausting all legal remedies,” he said.

“Kinsa man ko mo-insist? (Who am I to insist?)  It’s their prerogative. After all, journalism like broadcasting is only a privilege and not a right. And it’s the management that can take that privilege from us (media practitioners). I can understand them and respect their decision,” Nalzaro said in a text  message.

Before the stoppage, Nalzaro’s Saksi column  appeared  thrice a week in Sun Star Cebu  and four times a week  in the Cebuano tabloid   Superbalita.  He started writing for the tabloid 18 years ago.

His critical stance of  Garcia’s administration is well known and covered other topics before the Dec. 19, 2012   suspension like the Balili land purchase, the  Suroy Suroy tourism program,  and even her temper flares.


Isolde Amante, editor in chief of Sun Star Cebu, confirmed that Nalzaro’s column had been suspended.

“Yes, Mr. Nalzaro’s column is suspended  and it is   the decision of the Sun Star board,” Amante said.

She  clarified  that Sun Star’s board of directors  is  headed by another set of Garcias and not the family of Governor Garcia.

Amante declined to discuss  the reason for the suspension of Nalzaro’s column saying it would  be unfair to Nalzaro to do so.

The chairman of the board and founding  publisher, Jesus “Sonny” Garcia Jr.,  is a first cousin of Gov. Gwen Garcia.

Their fathers, the late Jesus Garcia Sr. and Deputy Speaker Pablo Garcia are brothers.


Garcia family members  occupy  positions in the board and top management.  The president, Julius “JJ” Garcia Neri Jr.,  is a nephew of the governor.

Nalzaro has the distinction of being the only full-time tri-media Cebu journalist in English and Cebuano.  Aside from writing a column in Sun.Star’s two papers , he is the anchor of GMA 7’s  Balitang Bisdak daily newscast and is station manager of  dySS where he  anchors a morning radio show.

In a separate interview, Raymond Alvin Garcia, assistant vice president for legal and administration of Sun Star  Publishing Inc., said he did not know the details of why Nalzaro’s column was stopped.


He  directed queries to the  editors saying he was only focusing on legal and administrative matters of the paper.

“Well, there was really no request, whatsoever, in fairness to the governor and their family,” Raymond said.

He, however, said that in clan gatherings, the governor’s family  would complain about  how critical Nalzaro was of  Gwen in his columns.

“Of course, in family gatherings, moingon jud na nga si Bobby sige’g atake ni governor pero nakahibawo naman ka, kami igo ra man mi maminaw. Di gyud mi mobuhat og action ba. Kapila bitaw na gibira sa mga columnist sa Sunstar (Of course, in family gatherings, they would say to us that Bobby has been attacking  the governor, but we would just listen. We would not  take any action. There were many times  Sun.Star columnists  attacked her before this) ,” Raymond said.

“There was no request, padungogdungog ra siguro sila nga si Bobby sigeg atake, you know they would just state issues, ipaklaro lang nga si Bobby Nalzaro…maybe Bobby doesn’t know the issues, kana ra gyud, there’s no formal request whatsoever (There was no request.  They just made it known that  Bobby has  been attacking them. They would  just state issues… they would that just make the issues clear to Bobby Nalzaro… maybe Bobby doesn’t know the issues. That’s just it. There’s no formal request whatsover),” Raymond said.  /Jhunnex Napallacan, Correspondent

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  • Dan

    that says it all, the publisher is a Garcia,s clan wow, thats journalism at its best,

    • pete

      Yes, and it’s a black day for all freedom loving Cebuanos. This is press censorship at its most blatant! 

  • PAZ

    Another black propaganda! ganyan lang naman kung gusto nilang lalong sirain ang isangntao.Uso ngayon yan pag may gustong siraan palalabasing napakasama! haayyy pulitika ngayon, puro bintangan patalsikan siraan! Makaupo lang sisiraan ang kalaban para sila seguro ang magpasasa sa pera ng bayan!

  • calixto909

    The ball is now in the hands of the Cebuanos to play with. if they hanker to be adjusted to a better governance then they act appropriately by means of not electing Garcia who as many Filipinos view to be arrogant and disrespectful o the rule of law.

    Garcia with her first hand experience of a suspension case would be far hostile and arrogant if ever she be reelected as governor because the mandate given by her constituents has dignified any misconducts she had prior committed.

    To temper Garcia and teach her a lesson that nobody is above the law in a democracy, a slap on her face deriving from a nil vote should be the Cebuanos’ response to her reelection bid.

  • diamond_digger

    Cebuanos are supposedly freedom-loving people who are ready to fight and resist oppression. This was first demonstrated by Lapulapu against the attempts of Magellan. And when Ferdinand Marcos declared martial law in 1971, a lot of freedom-loving cebuanos risk life and limb to fight against the dictatorship. Sadly, at a time when we brag to the world the sweetness of our freedom yet little did many of us know that a clan who has an insatiable thirst for political power wants to lord it over the whole of Cebu and or even beyond Cebu when opportunity allows. Pabling Garcia and his two congressman-sons are in Congress for sometime. Suspended governor Gwen is fighting her suspension and made Cebu capitol her new home. Her son Paulo attacked a police officer trying to implement peace and order in the chaotic capitol. Not long ago, Gwen’s brother was at the helm of GSIS and resisted efforts for him to get down. Cebuanos, have you now changed from being resistors of oppression to being coddlers of oppressors?

  • mari suli

    Mao diay.Uwata.

  • diamond_digger

    So, it is now clear that Sun Star is owned by the same clan and is obviously used as a tool of oppression and or hyping the ‘meager’ accomplishments of the Garcias and worst, to cover-up any wrong doings and persecute those who exposes their shenanigans to the public. It may be right and fair that freedom-loving people in general and or Cebuanos in particular, boycott this publication by not buying and or advertising in it permanently. Lastly, allow me to remind us of one of Jose Rizal’s great quote: “There can be no tyrants when there are no slaves.”

  • EOJ

    Now this is the real suppression of freedom of speech.

    The Garcias claimed that the acting gov suppressed free speech by suspending operation of the tv station which the itself own and operates.

    But clearly now the real oppressor of free speech are the garcias.

  • Ping Gonzales


  • ed0408

    The gag order from Garcias to Mr. Nalzaro’s column in Sunstar is a big black eye to freedom loving Cebuanos. Particularly to the columnists, staff and most specially to readers of Sunstar daily. What’s the use of writing, printing and reading a paper that do not have any news because the owners want to withhold the truth? The truth shall set us free.
    Better stop buying Sunstar, a paper that has no news at all.

  • PAZ

    Ginagamit daw ng mga Garcia ang Sun star sa oppression o di pareho lang ng nasa Malacanang. O, di ba at sa tv at ibang diario ang mababasa ay puro kasiraan ng kalaban ni Pres. hahaha nakikita si Garcia di nakikita ang nasa Malacanang na oppressed na oppressed na ang mga kalaban.Arestado na di pa man nalilitis! Pinaka evil oppression! Pero ang kakampi na may kaso ng plunder ay piniyansahan at itinalaga pa!

  • PAZ

    Si Garcia nga Sun Star at Sugbo tv e yung nasa Malacanang sobrang dami ng media na nagagamit nya para purihin sya,eh. Sisiw lang ang kay Garcia na Sun Star kumpara sa tv at diario ni Noynoy na puro papogi para kay Noynoy at puro paninira sa mga kalaban ni Noynoy.

  • PAZ

    Nakooo nakikita si Garcia di nakikita si Presidente na oppressed na ang mga kalaban.Naka hospital arrest na di pa nalilitis. Ayaw pagpiyansahin si Arroyo pero si Padaca na may kaso ng Pabdarambong si Presidente pa ang nagpiyansa at sinundo pa ni Mar Roxas at itinalaga pa sa Comelec. SINO, SINO ANG MAS OPPRESSOR? Yan yang kagiting gitingang PANG GULO!!!!

    • chris llenes

       you’re posting so many comments here to compensate for the fact that you’re the only one here who favors the suspended governor. are you paid by the post?

  • speedstream2

    Blood is thicker than ink?

  • Jhonny

    Ano ang gagawin ng KBP?

  • Pert Cabatana

    this is censorship imposed by the Garcias. The Garcias are with Binay. Binay tells Gwen Garcia to go on with her defiance. I shudder at the thought of what the Binays and the Garcias will do to our country if they are allowed to continue occupying positions of power.

  • OneScorp

    si erap, hinarass dati ang inquirer. si binay, puro text blasts at pagpupuri sa karumal-dumal nyang mukha ang gawain ng mga bayaran nyang tauhan. ang pamilya garcia, feeling dyos sa cebu. kung hindi ubusin ang pera dati ng gsis ni brother winston, pinangretoke naman sa mukha ni gwen at pambayad sa training ng mga anak, pamangkin at apo nila paano maging dyos sa kinabukasan ang alam. ang common denominator? isang grupo sila, grupo ng mga kawatang walang kasawa-sawang manloko’t magmaganda. at sabay-sabay sila ngayon na nagdadasal ‘kuno’ – sa harap ng camera. dati, puro nakaw at retoke lang ang alam, ngayon, may dasal na. isang grupo ng mandarambong, isang style. nahiya lang sigurong gamitin ang gimik ni gloria, wheelchair on the go. kakapingalabot sa kaipokritohan ang mga ito. cebu, gising!

  • jeproks2002

    suppose the suspended bobby nalzaro locks himself in at the sunstar office and claim that the suspension is void or illegal and a violation of the freedom of the press?

  • Amihan Ng

    wala unta gisuspenso si super bobby kay obvious na man kaayu gud nga nawala ang feedom of the press, bisan ila lang unta gipa-leave until the Capitol conflict is resolved in that manner dili ma discourage ilang readers like us, kay kami everyday gyud mi mopalit ug super balita but sa ilang gibuhat we are one of those people na mo kuyog sa crusada ni  sir bob!!!!

  • Amihan Ng

    and for sure ni low gyud ilang sales labi na ang super balita hahahahhaa

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