A Journalist’s primary task, is to tell the truth. That begins with being truthful about yourself, to yourself and to other people.
In this day and age, it is easy to know someone by simply looking at what they share on social media. Telling the truth, is as easy as one click.
Anybody who cannot be completely truthful about themselves, has no business being a journalist.
I love bacon. I love travelling. I love getting massages. I love the spa. I love political news. I love dishing out my opinions. I am a political junkie, and not without biases. If you just take a closer look, they’re all over my social media for you to see and know.
I have always believed that one builds trust not just by consistently telling the truth, but by being transparent about yourself. Raw. Unedited. No candy coating. No pretense.
Others may misunderstand. But I see it as disclosure. Know who you’re talking to, know who you’re believing, because the messenger is always as important as the message. Knowing the messenger helps you understand the message better. Knowing the messenger, keeps the messenger from screwing up the message you need to have.
In journalism it is not uncommon for people to pontificate about the true, good, the beautiful, the ethical. It is quite rare to find people who consistently live by what they preach, even rarer to find people who don’t pretend to practice what they preach when they really don’t.
It is vital that you know as much as you can about the people you talk to, because unless you do, you fall prey to their machinations, to their agenda. Absolute objectivity is a myth. There is no one without biases. Better that you know those biases, so you can make sure you’re not spun around. Better you know those biases, so you can gauge, if someone is still being fair and accurate.
These are but some of the lessons I have learned in my over a decade in this business.
As one of ABS-CBN’s political correspondents, I have covered Malacanan, the House of Representatives, the commission on elections.
Born in Quezon City, on april 19, 1981, I studied elementary and high school at the Colegio de San Juan de Letran in Manila, before taking up a baccalaureate degree at the University ofthe Philippines in Diliman, majoring in Broadcast Communication, graduating cum laude.
At Letran, i was editor of both my elementary and high school papers. In college, interned at 558 RMN News Manila DZXL and GMA Network Incorporated before being hired by government TV station IBC 13 as writer, and eventually producer and part time reporter.In 2003, I was taken in a newsroom anchor and producer for the ABS-CBN News Channel, delivering the latest developments received at the abs-cbn newsroom for cable news. I was also the channel’s live field reporter for some of its rolling coverage’s, such as the 2004 presidential canvass, and the congressional hearings on the Hello Garci Scandal and the first 2 impeachments attempts against President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo. I also was one of the network’s field reporters on the ground during the Ultra Stampede and the February 26 Fort Bonifacio Standoff. In the 2007 elections in Marawi, Lanao del Sur, I reported about an alleged operator of electoral fraud in that region. Since then I have talked to presidents, political leaders and national celebrities.
I was there when President Obama visited Manila in 2014 and got to ask him some questions. I covered President Aquino in a brief stint in Malacanang in 2014. I covered the Comelec for the 2013 midterm elections.