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Saturday, 26 May 2018 13:46

BEHIND  THE  LINES

BY BOB JALDON

San Jose, CA. —- This is going to be brief.

Nailed on a dusty wall at the former editorial office of the old Zamboanga Times was a portent that read: “You don’t have to be crazy to work here. But it helps.” Crazy wasn’t a reference to insanity or maniacal behavior, but alluded to the laughable, the passionate, the enthusiastic. Creativity plays a role, too.

The guru of Zamboanga’s journalism, Efren C. Peña, editor-in-Chief of ZT, always emphasized to his apprentices - Mamiliano “Leleng” Macasil, the lovable and jolly, diminutive associate editor; police reporter Antonio “Tony” Nieva; political reporter Rommel Corro; assistant editor Vic Solis (yes, the Vic Solis); E. Rene R. Fernandez, who went on to become the paper’s editor; Vicente Arevalo; Rolly San Juan; Roy Ramos; and a field of reporters, proof readers and contributors — the two golden rules that accentuated the definition of newspapering: SIMPLICITY and ACCURACY.

We aren’t a scrapbook, but a history book that tells the stories of Zamboanga and the lives of its commingled people as they unfold daily. This newspaper since its founding has an unwavering mission: to tell the truth in a simple and most accurate way without sacrificing its principles.

Today, DZT manifests its commitment to the reading public, our advertisers that we press to the bosom for their undaunted support, the newsmakers, armed forces, peace advocates, businessmen, the clergy, the academe and the public in general.

Today, we reaffirm our commitment to standfast to the universal mission of the press: “To protect the right to gather and distribute news; to keep the government accountable by ensuring access to records, meetings and courtrooms; and to preserve the principles of free speech and unfettered press.”

At the same time, we pledge to “promote the flow of information, to maintain vigilance of the freedom of speech and of the press, and to stimulate high standards and ethical behavior in the practice of journalism.”