I almost fell off my seat laughing when someone informed me that Conrad de Quiros, a columnist of another major daily, wrote that it was improper for me as a radio commentator to sell my profession or engage in business using my work as a broadcast journalist.
De Quiros was referring to the check that was paid to me by the National Agribusiness Corp. (Nabcor) for a legitimate advertisement but was misconstrued, or shall I say made up, by his newspaper as a payoff.
Somebody should tell the man that the Kapisanan ng mga Brodkaster sa Pilipinas (KBP) allows its broadcasters to look for commercials or ad placements for their programs in the form of “premiums” as a supplement to their salaries.
However, big networks such as TV5 do not allow their regular broadcasters to have “premiums” as they get paid very well.
I am sure everyone in the media trade, whether in print or broadcast, knows that a commercial or advertisement is needed to pay for its operations particularly the salaries of its editors and reporters, including its columnists like de Quiros.
A news organization or company survives through advertisements especially in print since newspaper sales alone will not be enough to pay for its daily operations and wages.
De Quiros reportedly wrote that we, as journalists, should not engage in advertisements since we are in the news profession.
So, does this mean that his newspaper, which is very much into news business, should be exempted from this practice?
De Quiros believes that all news and public affairs programs on TV and on radio with government ads are not clean or straight because they accept payments from government entities for its advertisements or commercials.
Does this also mean that all media outfits now, including the Philippine Daily Inquirer, are receiving “payoffs” from various government agencies because they have government advertisements from PCSO, Pag-IBIG, Pagcor and Department of Health, Mr. Dequiros, sir?
But what really made me burst into laughter upon hearing about his article against me is the fact that this man still has the guts to write against officials or personalities who are wrongfully accused of something improper but closes his eyes on the irregularities allegedly committed by one of his two brothers holding key positions in the Aquino government.
Social Security System (SSS) President Emilio de Quiros, the said columnist’s brother, was the subject of complaints by the SSS workers union late last year for giving hefty bonuses to himself and his board of directors amounting to millions of pesos even as the said pension agency was hard on cash since it asked for an increase in the monthly contributions from its members.
Emilio’s frequent trips abroad was another issue raised by the union claiming waste of SSS members’ money or funds.
Lo and behold . . . Conrad de Quiros was silent regarding the charges leveled against his brother last year even as the SSS union have documents to prove that their boss, Emilio de Quiros, abused his position.
By the way, a friend who works at a TV station as an executive told me that the columnist de Quiros, allegedly moonlighted before as a consultant to a wealthy businessman, who used to own a TV network.
Finally, are the appointments of your two siblings to juicy government positions, a returned favor from PNoy for reportedly acting as his PR man before and after the Presidential election of 2010?
Is this the reason Mr. de Quiros that prevents you from writing against this administration? Just asking.
It’s amusing to read de Quiros’ articles these days but hard to believe if it is still factual or a mere figment of his imagination brought about by old age.
It behoves Tatang Conrad, as he is fondly called by some journalists, to just write his memoires instead, as time may run out on him when the Good Lord finally waves him in to His side. :)