IN celebration of The Manila Times’ 117th anniversary, our beat reporters asked famous personalities what section in the Times’ they read and why. Here are some revealing responses.
“I read the business section. It is insightful and information-driven—perfect for decision-makers in fast-paced environments.” –Finance Secretary Cesar Purisima
“Main section: headlines and editorial/opinion pages. (Why?) To know the most important news of the day and to get feedback from columnists.”—Presidential Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr.
“I have always been a regular reader of The Manila Times. The paper’s detailed coverage and analysis of news and current affairs helps its readers become more informed citizens. Being a subject of both the good and bad publicity, I can also attest to the paper’s strict adherence to fairness and balance reporting which are core principles of journalism.” –Senate President Franklin Drilon
“My favorites are the major news. They are factual, bold and daring reporting of news.”—Director Virgilio Mendez of the National Bureau of Investigation
“The headlines of course. It’s the most provocative part of the newspaper.”—Secretary Ronald Llamas, Presidential Adviser on Political Affairs
“I read the front page, the editorial and the columns of Tiglao and Tatad. I also read the editorial from the website. Good to digest the columns and weigh if (I) can take the criticisms and find out if they are personal.” – Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada
“Always looking for a story from 16th SC Justice and the columns of [Rigoberto] Tiglao, [Francisco] Tatad and [Ma. Lourdes] Tiquia. “Actually I love Tiquia. Suave magsulat.”—Associate Justice Samuel Martires of the Sandiganbayan