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ABS-CBN’s news channel cancels partnership with Chinatown News TV after netizen backlash

Manila, Philippines – ABS-CBN News Channel (ANC), the news channel arm of PH media conglomerate ABS-CBN, has announced that it is canceling its partnership with Chinatown News TV, a Filipino-owned media news channel broadcast in Chinese and made by the Filipino-Chinese community in the country. This was shortly after the parties announced the tie-up.

The cancellation comes after the network received backlash from the online community, pointing to the irony of establishing a Chinese broadcast in the news channel despite growing tensions between the Philippines and China regarding vessels of the latter that are currently lingering and taking space in the disputed West Philippine Sea.

ABS-CBN has recently covered the West Philippine Sea issue with one of its journalists, Chiara Zambrano, visiting the highly-contested area along with the ABS-CBN team before being chased down by the Chinese Coast Guard.

Ging Reyes, news chief at ABS-CBN, initially defended the partnership, stating that ABS-CBN had editorial control over their content, providing national news stories and ensuring accuracy of the translation from Mandarin to English subtitles.

“ABS-CBN News has vigorously covered these issues, in our pursuit of truth and public enlightenment. But we resist discrimination against any race. or ethnicity. The airing on ANC of Chinatown News should not be equated with the intrusions in the West PH Sea. Chinatown News is produced by fellow Filipinos who belong to the Filipino-Chinese community. They are part of Philippine society,” Reyes said in her Twitter thread.

Despite the defense, many netizens have opposed the partnership.

The Philippine arm of online democratic solidarity movement Milk Tea Alliance stated that Chinatown News TV is also responsible for the controversial music video ‘Iisang Dagat’ (‘One Sea’) co-produced with the Chinese Embassy to the Philippines, as well as spreading media lies about the persecution of Uyghur Muslim minorities in Mainland China.

TV writer and producer Erwin Aurella tweeted that a ‘Chinese propaganda’ video disguised as a ‘Chinese news program’ doesn’t speak to ABS-CBN’s motto of ‘In The Service of the Filipino People’.

In line with the partnership, netizens took to Twitter and mocked the station using the hashtag #ABSCBNTutaNgChina, alluding to the network being a ‘puppy’ of Chinese propaganda.

Controversially, Chinatown News TV also aimed to promote the ‘One Belt, One Road’, a global infrastructure development strategy by the Chinese Communist Party, the sole governing party of the People’s Republic of China.

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MARVEL invites SEA fans for its first-ever virtual run

Singapore – Media franchise MARVEL is hosting a virtual run for its MARVEL fans across the Southeast Asia region, in collaboration with social fitness and marketplace company LIV3LY.

The run is centered for fans to be inspired by MARVEL’s heroes such as Black Panther, Black Widow, Captain America, Captain Marvel, and Hulk, and embody inner potential through collaborative racing and teamwork.

Those who are interested to participate can choose to run solo or go in groups of 2-3, as long as participants will abide by their local government protocols on joining in group activities.

The race is available at distances of 5KM, 15KM and 25KM, and are categorized by individual, parent-child tandem, or team of 2-3 races.

All registrants are entitled to an exclusive MARVEL Virtual Run drawstring bag and a themed finisher tee, while those who will be able to successfully finish the 15KM and 25KM categories will receive a MARVEL Virtual Run trophy. Participants can also take part in MARVEL Virtual Run challenges to win other prizes.

The race is open for participants in Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam, Myanmar, Cambodia, and Brunei.