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17 Times Filipino Journalists Proved Their Job Isn't A Damn Joke

It's more than reading the news in front of the camera, you guys.

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3. And when Love AƱover's life was put on the line during her coverage of the same typhoon.


Her team sought refuge inside a cathedral, which wasn't spared by the strong winds and heavy rain.

4. When a landmine exploded a few steps away from Jessica Soho and her crew during her coverage at the American base in Bhagram, Afghanistan.


9. When Maria Ressa, who specialized in investigating terrorist networks in Asia for CNN, unrelentingly gave blow-by-blow accounts about Al Qaeda's attacks in Southeast Asia through her book called Seeds of Terror.


The book includes Ressa's interviews with the terrorists and their accounts on how their attacks were planned.

10. When Kara David, on top of being a kick-ass documentarist and news anchor, founded Project Malasakit, sending underprivileged children to school.

According to the Project Malasakit website, most of these children were child laborers and victims of abuse. Project Malasakit also holds outreach programs to hundreds of families in the Philippines.

11. When Malou Mangahas became editor-in-chief for Philippine Collegian during the Marcos regime and was incarcerated for more than three months because the articles were critical of the administration.

She also exposed then-president Erap Estrada's multimillion dollar power deal when she was an editor-in-chief for The Manila Times in the 90s, which led to the publication being closed down.

12. When Cheche Lazaro set the bar high for the standards of Philippine journalism by founding Probe Productions, a company responsible for in-depth and award-winning documentaries.

One of her most controversial documentaries involved a lifestyle check on PAGCOR chairman Efraim Genuino. Her network refused to air the segment, which caused Probe's contract to be terminated. Probe returned the following year, but on a different network.


13. When Howie Severino, in addition to being an environmental journalist and documentarist, pioneered the use of Google Maps in dealing with disaster-based news and coverage.

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One of his most notable documentaries is Huling Hala Bira!, a docu about a family living under the railroad tracks of Pandacan, Manila. It won second prize at the United Nations Asia Pacific Millennium Development Goals Media Awards.

16. When Susan Enriquez was tasked to cover one of the most haunting and controversial events in the country: Leo Echegaray's death by lethal injection.


Among other things that happened in her life as a journalist, Enriquez was also held captive in Basilan for a few days by the Abu Sayyaf in 2000.

17. When Raffy Tima covered the Abu Sayyaf kidnappings and the war between the Armed Forces of the Philippines and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front in Mindanao.

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That's probably one of the most dangerous works of news coverage ever. Tima also openly called out President Rodrigo Duterte for catcalling his wife during a press conference.