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Media told: remove ‘negativism’

President Benigno S. Aquino III graces the 27th Annual Bulong Pulungan Christmas Party at the Sunset Pavilion, Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila in CCP Complex, Roxas Boulevard, Pasay City on Tuesday (December 03, 2013). (Photo by: Benhur Arcayan/ Malacañang Photo Bureau)

President Benigno Aquino III once again hit media’s reportage of “negativism” in covering the recent calamities that plagued the country and neglecting the nameless people who have been heroes in their own ways.

Aquino yesterday said at the annual Bulong Pulungan that government workers and other “nameless” people who have exerted extra effort in the rescue and relief operations have been forgotten by the media.

“Whenever we read the newspapers, listen to the radio, and watch TV, the notion of ‘negativism sells’ persists,” the President said in Filipino during the forum at the Sofitel hotel. “If we don’t make a controversy or issue, our media seems to be bored,” Aquino said.

Aquino made the criticism of the media following criticisms his administration drew from local and international media for the slow relief efforts in the aftermath of typhoon Yolanda.

But shifting the issue, he thanked the “nameless” people who played a huge role in the relief mission to help the victims of the typhoon.

“On behalf of the country, I thank all the nameless people who gave their all to alleviate the suffering of our countrymen,” Aquino said.

Aquino also lauded his Cabinet members Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin, Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas and Social Secretary Dinky Soliman for being the “frontlines” during the calamities—Zamboanga siege, Bohol earthquake and typhoon Yolanda.

Aquino also chided the media practitioners who were throwing criticisms during “breakfast, lunch, dinner and even midnight snack,” while his Cabinet members are busy helping the victims.

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