“Ikaw na ba? a show on dzBB (GMA 7’s flagship AM radio station) featuring interviews with presidential, vice presidential and senate candidates, will begin today, January 24. It is also simulcast on GTV. The radio and television special, which is part of the GMA Network’s comprehensive election coverage dubbed “Eleksiyon 2022”, will include one-on-one interviews with the candidates.

This program was once hosted by veteran radio and television personality, Mike Enriquez. But since being on sick leave, another radio veteran and main dzBB presenter, Melo Del Prado, along with TV host Cathy San Gabriel, will host the hour-long show with participation from all Radyo GMA (RGMA) provincial stations nationwide. It will air here on dySS Super Radyo Cebu (999khz) from 8-9am. I will participate in the interview as a presenter from Cebu.

“Ikaw na ba? will provide voters with another venue to help them decide which of the candidates will provide greater economic performance. For this week’s program, all of the presidential candidates will appear live on the show. Next week it will be all the vice-presidential candidates, followed by all the senatorial candidates. In the hot seat today is the Partido Reporma presidential candidate, Senator Panfilo “Ping” Lacson.

Hear Lacson’s answers to my questions about his no-nonsense campaign against crime, corruption and corruption and how he would solve the insurgency problem once elected. Lacson was an adopted son of Cebu City when he was posted here as Commander of Metrodiscom during his PC/INP days. He wanted a high profile campaign this election so voters would better understand the issues.

Vice President Leni Robrero, Senator Manny Pacquiao and Manila Mayor Isko Moreno have already confirmed their attendance on their respective days. Even Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr., who turned down an earlier interview with veteran GMA 7 host Jessica Soho for “The Jessica Soho Presidential Interviews” airing Saturday night, has confirmed his attendance for his program, which is Friday.

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Bongbong and her managers miscalculated their decision by refusing to participate in presidential interviews organized by Soho and accusing the presenter of being biased. In a statement, Marcos Jr.’s camp said his decision not to join the show was “based on the belief that the popular talk show hostess is biased against the Marcoses, and therefore, we believe her questions will only focus on negativity against Bongbong which the UniTeam does not like and will not subscribe to as she hopes the discourse in any forum on this upcoming election must focus on how the aspiring presidents will resolve the persistent problems of our country.

But Soho, in a statement released by GMA 7, countered that she was not biased. She asked tough questions because the president’s job is tough. Soho, a mainstay of GMA 7 news and public affairs, has been in the industry for several decades and is an award-winning broadcast journalist locally and internationally.

Soho may have featured an unfavorable story about Bongbong before, but she hasn’t shown her prejudice on this show. It is a common perception of some politicians and their supporters about media bias. If a news outlet or media reports something negative about a particular politician, it will conclude that the news outlet or media is biased. And if a news outlet or news outlet makes a positive report about a politician, they will accuse that media personality/organization of a “paid hack”.

“Media bias” is the bias of journalists and news producers within the mass media in selecting which events and stories are reported and how they are covered. The term implies a pervasive or widespread bias that contravenes the standards of journalism, rather than the perspective of an individual reporter or article.

As ordinary human beings, we have our own biases. But we will not show these biases in our profession. If Soho showed bias in the interview, then Bongbong could definitely respond on the spot or demand a “write to respond.” But in all fairness, Soho handled the show well. What’s the big fuss?