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Bong O. Wenceslao

Bong O. Wenceslao

Bong O. Wenceslao

Bong O. Wenceslao

Wenceslao’s road to the journalism profession was circuitous. While still with Southwestern University’s campus publication The Quill, he was offered a reporter’s slot in the Visayan Herald (now defunct). He worked part-time in dyLA.

But a bigger concern drew away Bong, as colleagues call him: the fight against the Marcos dictatorship.

Some seven years later, he was back, more serious about resuming his journalism career at dyLA. But as writing was his real passion, he left broadcasting to be a reporter at The Freeman. In 1997, he joined Sun.Star Cebu.

As a journalist, he believes he is no longer out to radically change the world but merely to make a difference through his writing. His columns reflect his causes: freedom, nationalism, justice. Twice, he was awarded best in column writing by the Cebu Archdiocesan Mass Media Awards.

Columns

Wenceslao: Mocha for senator?

Monday, November 20, 2017

HOUSE Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez made an interesting announcement during PDP-Laban’s mass oath activity here in Cebu last Friday. He floated the names of Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque and Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Assistant Secretary Margaux “Mocha” Uson as possible administration bets for senator in the 2019 midterm elections.

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Wenceslao: Arrest of ex-priest

Saturday, November 18, 2017

THE arrest of former priest Rustico Tan brought back memories of the old days when governments anti-insurgency drive was at its most intense: under the dictatorship of Ferdinand Marcos and during the terms of former presidents Corazon Aquino and Fidel V. Ramos. The manner of the arrest and the arrested person can be considered our “continuing past” (with apologies to historian Renato Constantino for my borrowing of the phrase).

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Wenceslao: Old PDP-Laban

Thursday, November 16, 2017

THE biggest story in Cebu politics is today’s mass oath-taking by local politicians signifying their transfer to the administration Partido Demokratiko Pilipino (PDP)-Lakas ng Bayan (Laban). Senate President Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III and House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez are said to grace the occasion, which is supposedly the brainchild of Presidential Assistant for the Visayas Michael Dino.

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Wenceslao: Battle for the truth

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

THE poet and journalist Myke Obenieta recently tagged me in his post of the trailer of the coming Steven Spielberg movie, “The Post” that stars the power duo of Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep. The film is about Katharine Graham (Streep), the first female publisher of the Washington Post, together with the paper’s editor Ben Bradlee and their dilemma on whether to expose or not United States government secrets about the Vietnam war.

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Wenceslao: Sasot in Summit

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

THE plan was obvious when the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) started accrediting bloggers to cover Malacañang aside from representatives of traditional media outlets. I like the phrase used by a reporter of a Manila media outlet for it: to control the narrative. The Duterte administration couldn’t control traditional media, so it trained its eyes on social media.

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