ABS-CBN executives, headed by ABS-CBN President and CEO Charo Santos-Concio (top row, fifth from left), COO Carlo Lopez Katigbak (to Concio’s left) and ABS-CBN News and Current Affairs Head Ging Reyes (fourth from left) pose for a group photo with representatives of partner institutions at the conclusion of the event. UP Vice President for Public Affairs De Vera (bottom row, 4th from right) is representing the university.
On 11 June 2015, the University of the Philippines (UP) joined other institutions from government, the private sector, and civil society in signing a covenant with ABS-CBN to work for peaceful and clean elections in the year 2016.
UP Vice President for Public Affairs Prospero E. De Vera III represented the university in the signing ceremony for the Halalan 2016 project, at Resorts World Manila, Pasay City.
UP Vice President Prospero De Vera signing the manifesto on behalf of the University of the Philippines.
The formal cooperation between the university and ABS-CBN in this area of Philippine elections stretches back to 2013, where UP experts and students worked with the media giant to promote honest and empowered elections that year.
Halalan 2016 features the theme ‘Ipanalo ang Pamilyang Pilipino!’. In this project, ABS-CBN with its partners will use all of its resources to “seek the complete truth about… candidates, the interests they represent, and what they stand for” using all of the networks platforms on free and cable television, radio, and its digital platform.
ABS-CBN President and CEO Charo Santos-Concio, COO Carlo Lopez Katigbak, and ABS-CBN Head of News and Current Affairs Ging Reyes represented the network in the signing ceremony and the reading of the project manifesto.
ABS-CBN Head of News and Current Affairs Ging Reyes giving her welcome remarks.
In her opening remarks, Reyes described the coming challenge of the 2016 elections as both “exciting and frightening”. “For too long,” Reyes said, “we have elected candidates not because of track record or solid plan of governance, but because of popularity. For too long, we’ve refused to look beyond the here and now – preferring the instant gratification of material rewards rather than a lasting investment in our future.”
“For way too long we’ve elected leaders who only looked at public office as a way to enrich themselves and not a way to serve the country. 2016 gives us a new opportunity to put all of these behind us,” Reyes added.
ABS-CBN journalists Atom Araullo and Karen Davila hosting the event. Both Araullo and Davila are alumni of the University of the Philippines.
The event was hosted by UP alumni Karen Davila and Atom Araullo. It also featured a special performance by 2015 Asia’s Got Talent grand winner El Gamma Penumbra.