Monthly Archives: June 2014

Tips on how to detect threats on life

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The PNP has released the Threat Detection and Threat Assessment Tips as part of its effort to prepare and equip the public with necessary information in times of life-threatening situations.

According to Philippine National Police (PNP) Public Information Office head, Chief Superintendent Reuben Theodore C. Sindac, every citizen must develop his own safety core competency and must observe the following:


  • In your daily routine, make an assessment if the person, the subject of your inquiry, is capable in terms of resources and manpower of inflicting harm to a person.
  • Write down details of any suspicious actions of person or persons you have observed or noticed. Notes help us remember what had transpired in our observation.
  • Refer to your employer or a security officer your suspicions or observations on a person who is likely conducting surveillance on you or your officemate.
  • If you have been critical and have exposed significant or sensitive issues against a prominent person, monitor and get information, if possible, on the reaction of said person.
  • Consider also your personal dealings as a possible cause for someone to plan to harm you or your family.
  • Advise your family and the neighborhood to inform you of any person asking any details about you including your present disposition. Ask them to write down details of the suspected surveillance.
  • Educate your family, employees and household personnel on security awareness.


  • Do not trust your memory. Write down immediately your observations specifically on the 5Ws and 1 H (Who, What, When, Where, Why and How).
  • Do not play the role of a secret agent or a detective. If you see someone stalking you, look at him in the eyes within a reasonable distance to let him know that you saw him and you will remember him the next time you meet. Write down details.
  • Do not accost or confront the individual conducting surveillance on you. He might already be the assassin and that would only give him the opportunity to do his trade.
  • Do not take any threat for granted as it may cost you your life including the lives of your family.
  • Do not try to handle any threat situation by yourself. Always consult or refer to your employees, security officer and eventually, the police authorities.

The above tips should be taken into consideration by all people specifically those whose profession or natures of job have made them a natural target of harm, Sindac said.

They include journalists specifically hard-hitting ones, law enforcers, appointed and elected government officials, judges, lawyers, businessmen and even Church officials.

Info and image source: People’s Tonight

Pamper yourself once in a while

I often wish I could splurge a bit for myself or that a benefactor would grant my wish of a makeover. But since my wish is far from being realized, I decided to just create a wish list of personal effects that I would like to purchase in the future. The list includes a pair of Capri pants from Zalora, a casual blouse and a shirt, ballet flats, and a pair of rubber shoes.

wish list

I haven’t updated my wardrobe since I gained weight last year, so an additional top wouldn’t hurt the already tight budget if ever. Also, I badly need a pair of new flats to go with the casual blouse. I’m carefully picking up the items listed on my wish list so as not to irk the husband. But the ever supportive hubby said its okay to pamper myself once in a while. He knows I won’t be spending his money but the GCs I’ll be getting from a writing gig, thus the wise remark.

Fellowships open for 18th Lopez Jaena Community Journalism Workshop on Reporting Corruption in October

The University of the Philippines College of Mass Communication (UP CMC) will hold the 18th Graciano Lopez Jaena Community Journalism Workshop from October 3 to 8 at the UP College of Mass Communication, Diliman, Quezon City.

Fellowship slots are available for this workshop. Applications are open to full-time print, broadcast and online journalists, as well as selected journalism educators and students.

This year’s workshop theme is “Huwag Kumorap: Investigating Corruption in Media and Government.”

Resource persons from the academe, government and non-government organizations will speak on issues like investigative reporting, corruption-related laws, ethics and freedom of information.

Since its first workshop in 1985, the Lopez Jaena Community Journalism Workshop has trained hundreds of community journalists. Among the past fellows are Cong Corrales, Raymund Villanueva, Dino Balabo, Froilan Gallardo, Frank Cimatu, Ilang-ilang Quijano, Jo Clemente, Diosa Labiste, Danny Calleja, Flor Abanto and Maurice Malanes.

Applicants should be currently engaged in the journalism profession with at least two years’ working experience. They should also be below 45 years old. They must submit an application letter; resume; two published/broadcast news reports; a story plan for an investigative report on corruption in media or government; and an endorsement from their editor, local press club president or a Lopez Jaena Community Journalism Workshop alumnus.

Limited slots may be given to senior journalism students. Student applicants are required to submit an application letter, resume, sample works and an endorsement from their professor, department chair or dean.

The fellowship will cover board and lodging. Participants will be billeted inside the UP Diliman campus.

Interested journalists, journalism educators and students may send their application papers to The Project Director, 18th Lopez Jaena Community Journalism Workshop on Reporting Corruption, College of Mass Communication, University of the Philippines, Diliman, Quezon City.

The deadline for applications is on August 1.

For more details, please call the Office of Extension and External Relations (OEER) at 920-6864 or 981-8500 local 2668 or email at

Danilo A. Arao
Assistant Professor, Department of Journalism
College of Mass Communication Plaridel Hall
University of the Philippines (UP) Diliman, Q.C. 1101
Telephone: (+632) 920-6852, 981-8500 loc. 2672
Fax: (+632) 920-6852
Mobile Phone: (+63908) 866-ARAO