Spotlight good news, media urged

HOUSE leaders yesterday underscored the importance for media to give equal prominence to the positive developments on the coronavirus disease-19 (COVID-19) to inspire people to unite, contribute to the global fight against the dreaded virus, and help quell panic.

House Majority Leader and Leyte Rep. Martin Romualdez, Cavite Rep. Elpidio “Pidi” Barzaga Jr., Deputy Speaker and Batangas Rep. Raneo Abu, and Ako Bisaya party-list Rep. Sonny Lagon joined Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano in his appeal to media to be prudent by putting COVID-19 report in context and suppress panic.

“It’s very important to give equal prominence to the positive

developments especially on patients whose conditions are improving or recovered from COVID-19. We have to bring the people one and united and equal reporting of good news will be an important factor to make a huge difference and ensure the success of our fight against the dreaded virus,” said Romualdez, who chairs the powerful House Committee on Rules and is President of the Philippine Constitution Association (Philconsa).

“Putting emphasis on positive developments will increase people’s hope and optimism that this problem shall pass and better days are coming ahead,” said Barzaga, President of the National Unity Party (NUP) and chairman of the House Committee on Natural Resources.

Abu said good news “will help quell panic among Filipinos and motivate them to contribute to government’s fight against the dreaded disease.”

“Despite problems, we have to take note of the Duterte administration’s achievements in the fight against COVID-19. Let’s not forget the good news and the programs being undertaken by President Duterte to defeat the virus,” said Lagon, a friend of Lakas-Christian Muslim Democrats (CMD) where Romualdez is the President.