The news­men of yesteryears

Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro - - Opinion -

THE dif­fer­ence be­tween United States Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump and our very own Pres­i­dent Digong Duterte is in the use of so­cial me­dia. Duterte ad­mit­ted he has no Face­book ac­count. “No I still do not know how to use Face­book. Some­body just give up­dates. I don’t even know the mean­ing of tag me.” (You com­monly hear that when­ever peo­ple take group-fies or self­ies). Mean­while, Trump will not al­low a day with­out post­ing through the Twit­ter and is­sue a daily dose of some­times sar­cas­tic com­ments on is­sues and on some per­sons. That’s why he of­ten­times gets into trou­ble.

In this dig­i­tal age, in the age of the mil­len­ni­als, the com­mon say­ing is “speed is the name of the game.” Pity peo­ple who are not lit­er­ate with com­put­ers and mod­ern gad­gets. They are miss­ing a lot. These gad­gets are easy to learn. Let your grand­chil­dren teach you. They are tech savvy. My grand­son Choby Pe­layo is my teacher. For writ­ers in how to use them is a ne­ces­sity. Send­ing my col­umns to this paper is be­ing done by a mere flick of a fin­ger through email. Same thing on my col­umns on Filipino Jour­nal based in Man­i­toba, Canada pub­lished by my former UST Phi­los­o­phy and Let­ters class­mate Rod Can­tiveros who is now based in Canada.

Retro. I re­mem­ber when I was start­ing as a re­porter. Those were the years when com­put­ers and to­day’s gad­gets were not in use. No fax ma­chines ei­ther. There were tele­type ma­chines though, but were com­monly used by wire agen­cies. You ei­ther send your sto­ries by long dis­tance through press col­lect, or go to the pub­li­ca­tion of­fice and sub­mit your sto­ries. OMG. Send­ing your sto­ries be­fore the desk’s dead­line was a big prob­lem for pro­vin­cial cor­re­spon­dents. In in­stances where there were news­breaks, we hur­ried up to near­est phone and begged op­er­a­tors to at­tend to our calls and give them pri­or­ity.

The luck­i­est among us was the late Sil­vestre “Beteng” Songco who was given a quar­ter in Camp Olivas equipped with a two way ra­dio and can eas­ily con­nect to the desks of the Manila Times and Daily Mir­ror of the Ro­ce­ses. But for other cor­re­spon­dents the likes of Tony Tor­res of Manila Bul­letin, Ben Gamos of Times Jour­nal, Fred Roxas of Philip­pine News Ser­vice, Ram Mer­cado and Butch Maglaqui of Philip­pines Her­ald, they were plead­ing all the time when big news were to be re­ported to their re­spec­tive news­pa­pers.

The se­cond gen­er­a­tion news­men like me, Lino Sanchez Jr., Elmer Cato, Ody Fabian, Arthur Cabigt­ing, Bong Lac­son, Ding Cer­vantes and few oth­ers ex­pe­ri­enced what it was like to be a me­dia per­son in those years. Those years be­fore the cell­fones and fax ma­chines. The strug­gle just to have one story reach the deskman who some­times loses pa­tience be­cause the tele­phone line was so gar­bled and noth­ing com­ing out but cricket sound. Yet they were the good old years. Nice to re­mem­ber.

I wish to quote here what I read from Chit San­tos’ ar­ti­cle when she ad­dressed the mil­len­ni­als. ‘To the young peo­ple who stand to in­herit this world as we se­niors, pre­pare to leave it, we’d like to pass on words of ex­pe­ri­ence, if not wis­dom, thoughts ac­cu­mu­lated through the years, that may be use­ful to life in a shrink­ing new world’. Tweets: - Just like any other gov­ern­ment agen­cies, the Of­fice of the Om­buds­man is not cor­rupt free.

- An­ge­les City Mayor Ed Pam­intuan is a cross-func­tional per­son. De­spite him in his se­nior years he at­tends many func­tions. He has to travel of­ten as pres­i­dent of the League of City May­ors. The city is ever pro­gress­ing due to man­age­ment best prac­tices.

- In his ab­sence, the city is in good hands with Atty. Noy Pam­intuan, the City Ad­min­is­tra­tor and Kirk Galanza.

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