Daily Tribune was forged in fire when it first saw print in the days prior to the 2001 uprising that catapulted Gloria Macapagal-Aroyo to power.
Since then, the newspaper has become a reference for stories that transform national and political scenes.
Its brand of uncompromising journalism in the past 21 years is encapsulated in its “Without Fear, Without Favor” motto. It has won recognitions for standing for truth and in exposing the ills of society through the power of facts and analysis.
On Thursday, the broadsheet which has come to be known as The People’s Paper acquired another feather in its cap with the 2021 Pro Patria Journalism Awards which the Rotary Club of Manila gave out to 18 print, broadcast and radio outfits which distinguished themselves for fair and accurate information.
Media plays key role
Dean Amado D. Valdez, former chair of the Social Security Commission and Chairman of the 2021 RCM Journalism Awards, said that media has played a pivotal role in this critical juncture when global anxiety is at its highest due to the pandemic.
Print, TV, and Radio institutions have stood as vanguards of free expression and provided a platform and facilities for constructive criticism of government actions to ensure the efficient delivery of services.
Rotary Club President Robert Joseph cited the resiliency of the Philippine media in disseminating fair and truthful information resulting in an informed and enlightened citizenry in these critical times.
Joseph added that love of country is foremost among the awardees and cited their role in promoting public and private sector collaboration in building a strong nation of healthy, peaceful, confident, and dynamic people.
No skipped edition
Executive Editor Chito Lozada gave testimony to the Daily Tribune’s being unrelenting during the period of health emergency when its publication never ceased.
The determination of the newspaper and its staff was based on the belief of its president Willie Fernandez that the flame of press freedom burns if printing continues.
The late founder of the Daily Tribune, Ninez Cacho Olivares, shared a similar thought.
She frequently told her staff to be guided by only one principle: That Tribune should be put to bed each day of the year.
The Philippine Sea Games Organizational Committee Foundation (PHISGOC) Inc. scandal on the alleged misuse of government funds; the onerous deals of water concessionaire and now the transmission grid contractor; the mishandling of the West Philippine Sea approach; and the many corruption issues involving high officials were carried in the pages of the newspaper.
With the recent recognition, the Daily Tribune indicated that it will be inspired to do more to be worthy of the people’s confidence.