Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Public Apology to Aloysius Bernard Norona, owner and proprietor of Philmarts Theater Productions, Co.

Dear Mr. Norona (thru Atty. Nikko G. Lagmay,
In response to your demand letter addressed to me received May 28, 2013 herein enclosed:

I have deleted the said post requested in your letter herein attached, 
pursuant to R.A.7079 complying to DepEd Memo No. 221 Enclosure No. 2 as Lagro High School online publication entry to NSPC 2013. We are very sorry to have caused a disparaging act on your good name. The article written by our campus journalist/columnist Alias Jady Santos of IV-Platinum was written as a simple freedom of expression stating his opinion on what he watched and we mean no harm on your organization. As the designated school paper adviser, I found no particular expression stating any malice against your organization  and considering that it was written by a senior high school student who simply wanted to express his reaction to the stage play he watched, I shall from now on encourage my campus writers never to express negative reactions on stage plays hoisted by your organizations or any organizations from our school. May I suggest also to those who will complain further on any article herein to be posted to leave a comment on the post and contact the administrator through e-mail included herein.
We are deeply sorry for the harm the post had caused your organization and we would also like to express our gratitude since the whole online publication of Lagro High School (www.lhscourier.blogspot.com) with the post you have complained had qualified to the NSPC 2013 as DepEd NCR Regional Qualifier for Group Contest:
Thank you very much for your call for attention on this matter. We would like to assure you that there will be no further similar articles be posted in this blog/site.

Very truly yours,
Josephine Bonsol
School Paper Adviser of LHS Courier
Admin www.lhscourier.blogspot.com


Dani Molintas said...

Kudos to Ma'am Josephine Bonsol! Historically, libel and demand letters have been used to harass journalists who stand up for the truth. Thus, for the best journalists receiving demand letters is like receiving a medal of honor. However,it's very difficult for student journalists (and their advisers) to stand up against companies and other commercial interests, but they should be encouraged to do so. :-) Freedom of speech and expression are enshrined in the Bill of Rights found in the Philippine Constitution. Should you ever receive a demand letter again, please don't hesitate to contact the Free Legal Assistance Group for pro bono services. Again, Mabuhay!

Dani Molintas said...

Campus Journalism Act of 1991, Sec. 2. Declaration of Policy. — It is the declared policy of the State to uphold and protect the freedom of the press even at the campus level and to promote the development and growth of campus journalism as a means of strengthening ethical values, encouraging critical and creative thinking, and developing moral character and personal discipline of the Filipino youth.In furtherance of this policy, the State shall undertake various programs and projects aimed at improving the journalistic skills of students concerned and promoting responsible and free journalism.

Alias Jady Santos said...

Sorry to Aloysius Bernard Norona of Philmarts theater Productions, Co.

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