By Raïssa Robles
Veteran reporter and ABS-CBN-ANC anchor Christian Esguerra talked frankly to journalism students on how it felt like covering a ranting head of state up close.
Esguerra reminded journalism students at a Journalists Roundtable held Saturday May 20, 2017 by the University of Santo Tomas that the President and media are “natural adversaries”.
He said Duterte has an ongoing war against media.
He discussed with refreshing frankness the positives and negatives about President Duterte, based on what he saw when he covered the former Davao City mayor during the transition period after his electoral victory.
Esguerra also teaches journalism courses at UST.
My thanks to Prof. Jeremiah Opiniano for inviting members of the Foreign Correspondents Association of the Philippines (FOCAP) to listen in to the no-holds-barred discussion.
You can view Esguerra’s speech below.
Business Mirror editor Jennifer Ng also spoke in the same forum. She explained why she discourages reporters from tweeting bits and pieces of their stories.
The first part of the forum had Manuel Mogato of Reuters, Jennifer Ng of Business Mirror and Christian Esquerra of ABS-CBN-ANC.
To view Mogato’s presentation, click on this link.