Amazing. You’d think there is enough important news to report. The Straits Times of Singapore reported three Filipino soldiers killed in the outskirts of Davao City by communist thugs. Interestingly (and to digress a bit), suspected New Peoples Army Grand Archon Satur Ocampo was “reported” by esteemed reporter Ellen Tordesillas at Jolog Central to be hobnobbing with notorious forest denuder Ramon Mitra in a Wowowee Rally just a stone throw’s away at Koronadal in southern Mindanao. Then there is ten-year (at least) Philippine resident and alleged child rapist Richard Wright Laguardia who was recently arrested by Philippine Immigration agents. The AFP report made sure to highlight how Philippine law enforcement authorities had somehow managed to take that long to track him down and arrest him. And even halfway around the world in sunny Vancouver, Filipinos are doing what they do best — playing the Victim Card — as Canada PAL country manager Allan Coo cries over the spilt milk of the European Union’s ban on all Philippine-based airlines’ use of EU airspace. That too is certainly newsworthy.
And so now we come to top-dog online news rag, the Inquirer.net. What does the premiere “respectable” Filipino news channel of the Net consider to be newsworthy? Perhaps this image captured from this morning’s front page of the venerable site could shed a bit of light into what keeps the Inquirer.net Editor awake at night [Image captured 13th April 2010 0959H AEST]:
I count eleven out of thirteen “top” news stories up there that leaves me scratching my head and thinking WTF? And no less than five out of the Top Six news items concern the Nograles brouhaha alone! So humour me for a bit here…
Dear Inquirer.net Editor,
I have just one question for you:
I wonder if the above letter will warrant publication in their Letters section?
Fat chance. So what? is one of those hard questions that Filipinos tend to be averse to.