By Minka Klaudia Tiangco
To make voters fully informed and make an intelligent choice of candidates for the coming midterm elections, the Manila Bulletin and ABS-CBN have forged a partnership in the Halalan 2019 coverage.
This is the third time that the two media outfits forged a partnership to cover the elections.
Representatives from various government and non-government organizations, media organizations, and academic institutions signed the covenant for partnership at the ABS-CBN Broadcasting Center on Friday.
Ging Reyes, head of the Integrated News and Current Affairs team of ABS-CBN, said the partnership was forged to “strengthen the relationship between parties that share a common goal,” which is to ensure a “peaceful, clean, and orderly elections.”
“May honesty, integrity, and respect be our guiding principles,” Reyes said.
Cris J. Icban, Jr., Publisher and Editor-in-Chief, signed on behalf of Manila Bulletin.
In a message read by Commission on Elections (Comelec) Commissioner Socorro Inting, Comelec Chairman Sheriff Abas highlighted the media’s important role during the elections.
“I am confident that with Comelec’s partnership with ABS-CBN, as well as other partners, the Filipino people will be equipped with correct and complete information that they can use to make educated decisions when they head to the poll centers,” Abas said in his message.
As media partner, Manila Bulletin will have access to ABS-CBN’s election-related content. Programs, forums, and debates will also be held by the various organizations who partnered with ABS-CBN to educate voters ahead of the elections in May.
Other partners include the Comelec, the Department of Education, the Philippine National Police, the Armed Forces of the Philippines, Vera Files, Anvil Publishing, the Parish Pastoral for Responsible Reporting, Pulse Asia Research Inc., the Asia Foundation-through the Fully Abled Nation, the Legal Network for Truthful Elections, Youth Vote Philippines, the Regional Emergency Assistance Communications Team Philippines, the Management Association of the Philippines, the Philippine Computer Society, the Philippine Communication Society, the Financial Executives Institute of the Philippines, the University of the Philippines, the University of Santo Tomas, Ateneo de Manila University, De La Salle University, the Polytechnic University of the Philippines, and STI College.