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MANILA, Philippines – The dip in President Aquino’s approval ratings has caused some to question the efficacy of the Palace Communications Group. Secretary Ramon Carandang of the Presidential Communications Development and Strategic Planning Office (PCDSPO) tells Newsbreak what lessons the team learned in its first year, what needs to be fixed, and why he doesn’t [...]

Posted on July 1, 2011   |   CATEGORY: Hot Seat, Institutions, Politics, The Presidency

Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa Jr. sits down for almost half an hour with Newsbreak and fields questions on his work, the diversion of former Sen. Manuel Roxas II to the Department of Transportation and Communications, how he deals with criticisms, and the working relationship of Palace officials a year into the Aquino administration. Q: What [...]

Posted on June 29, 2011   |   CATEGORY: Hot Seat, Interviews, People, Politics, The Presidency

Jacoby Brissett discusses ‘healthy’ competitors between Tom Brady and Jimmy Garoppolo

Neither quarterback won. Brady and Garoppolo didn’t want to sink one. Both came awfully close from 30 and 40 yards away from end zone. at the very in that moment,It seemed like the quarterbacks weren’t lettingDeflategate and Brady’s four game suspension get to them.

"The group is awesome together, Brissett said when asked about your competition between Brady and Garoppolo Thursday

Posted on May 18, 2011   |   CATEGORY: Hot Seat

The former president, Joseph Estrada, is making history. He is the first Philippine head of state to face serious prospects of arrest, following plunder charges filed against him a few weeks ago. In short conversations with Newsbreak’s Aries Rufo while on the campaign trail in San Carlos, Pangasinan, and on his birthday last week, an [...]

Posted on May 2, 2011   |   CATEGORY: Hot Seat

An Egyptian journalist recalls the weeks leading to Mubarak’s ouster, and why Libya should listen Change is sweeping across the Arab world, and the latest site of massive street protests is Libya. Yet its strongman Muammar Ghaddafi continues to hold on to power, prompting some analysts to say this one will not go the so-called [...]

Posted on February 28, 2011   |   CATEGORY: Foreign Affairs, Hot Seat, Verbatim

Journalists are increasingly at risk of being wounded, killed, detained, or kidnapped. What are the protection to which they are entitled under international humanitarian law?

Posted on July 28, 2010   |   CATEGORY: Hot Seat, Media

MANILA, Philippines–On August 12, in time for the celebration of International Humanitarian Law (IHL) Day, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the International News Safety Institute will conduct in Davao City the latest of its series of workshops where they give journalists practical tips on safety during coverage of conflict situations.

Posted on July 28, 2010   |   CATEGORY: Hot Seat

{mosimage} Following is the transcript of Newsbreak’s interview with outgoing Defense Secretary Norberto Gonzales, a day before President-elect Benigno Aquino III announced the appointment of a new defense chief, among other members of his Cabinet. Gonzales appeared cheerful and relaxed as he talked to Newsbreak’s KRISTINE F. SERVANDO about his 7-month stint at the Department [...]

Posted on June 30, 2010   |   CATEGORY: Hot Seat
Posted on June 30, 2010   |   CATEGORY: Hot Seat

Former defense chief Gilberto “Gibo” Teodoro Jr., who left the party founded by his favorite uncle to be the presidential candidate of another party, the Lakas-Kampi-CMD, held a press conference Tuesday to concede the elections. He was the fourth presidential candidate to concede to his second cousin, Liberal Party’s Benigno Aquino III, and observers said [...]

Posted on May 12, 2010   |   CATEGORY: Hot Seat

If the surveys prove to be accurate, Liberal Party (LP) presidential candidate Senator Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III will become the Philippines’ 15th President. LP campaign manager Florencio “Butch” Abad spoke with Newsbreak’s Carmela Fonbuena on the big issues that could hound a Noynoy presidency.

Posted on May 9, 2010   |   CATEGORY: Hot Seat
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