MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – You may like it or hate it, but ‘Teeeeeevey Patrol’ has been a fixture on Philippine television news for many decades. The news program has been closely identified with former Vice President Noli De Castro, who anchors TV Patrol as well as his own radio show.
But the TV and radio screaming may soon come to an end, thanks to a new nationwide radio program hosted by none other than Philippine President Rodrigo Roa Duterte. It will soon make its debut on Radio-TV Malacañang (RTVM).
Duterte used to host a weekly radio program when he was mayor of Davao City. He used the program to broadcast his administration’s projects and campaigns, aside from using it to name government workers or officials who are perceived to be corrupt. He also used it to name people who are allegedly involved in the illegal drug trade. Communications Secretary Martin Andanar said an announcer’s booth was made especially for the President’s use in Malacañang.
“After many years and for the first time, we would see an actual radio booth for RTVM. It is going to be the official radio booth of the President and he would be the first to use it for his ‘Mula sa Masa, Para sa Masa’ program,” Andanar said over dzBB yesterday.
De Castro is very fearful that he will soon lose his broadcasting job to the very popular Duterte. “I may soon have to retire or file for unemployment benefits,” the 67-year-old ‘Kabayan’ told The Adobo Chronicles.
Is this the beginning of the end for ‘nagbabagang balita’ (coal-hot news)?