From the Philippine News Agency (Aug 4): Media role in war vs insurgency lauded
Army Lt. Gen. Ferdinand Quidilla, South Luzon Command (Solcom) chief, has lauded the role of media in disseminating the various achievements of the Armed Forces of the Philippines especially in the fight to end the four-decade long insurgency in the country.
The Solcom commander, in his keynote address at the two-day South Luzon Media Summit held here on Thursday evening, said he recognized the importance of media in accomplishing the goals and mission of the AFP in bringing peace and preventing lawless elements from sowing terror in the countryside.
The two-day summit sponsored by the 2nd Infantry Division Press Corps and the Kapisanan ng mga Broadcaster sa Pilipinas (KBP) was attended by hundreds of media practitioners from South Luzon at the Villa Ceceres Hotel in this city.
Quidilla, his speech said, “we were able to meet our goals and can stand tall among our peers and present with pride what we have accomplish thru the help of media”.
"My negative orientation about media has indeed changed from adversarial stance to a friendly and harmonious relationship with the media," he said.
“The media, in its very significant role in conveying the gains that the armed forces has done, is a prerequisite of a strong democracy,” Quidilla added.
The Solcom chief said the AFP needs to connect to people and that they need the media in disseminating correct, honest and fair news.
Also, he said, “We need the media to convince our policy-makers that, if we are really serious in helping end the communist insurgency in the Philippines countryside, the longest insurgency in the world, they must consider the existing conflict-prone places in formulating their development plans and activities”.
The media summit aims to discuss issues such as "fake news" and to reorient 150 participants on the responsibilities of media news objectivity and integrity in gathering and developing the news.