UP-CMC statement in support of Dr. Nicanor Tiongson

U.P. COLLEGE OF MASS COMMUNICATION STATEMENT
9 July 2012

UP CMC faculty members support Dr. Nicanor Tiongson's freedom to express his ideas without fear of
reprisal.

In an article published in Inquirer.net (July 5, 2012), former National Commission for Culture and
the Arts (NCCA) Executive Director Cecile Guidote-Alvarez claims that Dr. Nicanor Tiongson's
opposition in 2009 to the selection of Dolphy as National Artist resulted in the comedian's being
bypassed for the prestigious award.

What needs to be publicly clarified is that there is a strict selection process in the National Artist
Awards, making it hard for just one individual to affect the outcome. There is also a need to
stress that, as a member of the selection committee, Dr. Tiongson is expected to express his
opinion without having to think of any backlash resulting from unethical disclosure of his peers.

The issue at this point is not Dolphy himself. What needs to be exposed is Alvarez who
blatantly violated the trust and confidence given to her by her peers who participated in the
selection process in 2009. As co-chair of the selection committee, she is duty-bound to ensure
the confidentiality of what was said during the selection process, particularly the individual
sentiments as regards those who did not get selected.
In this context, the undersigned faculty members of the University of the Philippines College of
Mass Communication (UP CMC) strongly denounce the actions of Alvarez's unethical breach
of confidentiality in the search process, and support Dr. Tiongson, professor emeritus of the
college, and his right to free speech (especially one based on scholarship).

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CMC COLLEGE EXECUTIVE BOARD
Dean Roland B. Tolentino
Prof. Randy Jay Solis (College Secretary)
Prof. Rosa Maria Feliciano (Chair, Broadcast Communication Department)
Dr. Lourdes M. Portus (Chair, Communication Research Department)
Dr. Arminda V. Santiago (Chair, Graduate Studies Department)
Ms. Lucia L. Tangi (Chair, Journalism Department)
Prof. Roehl L. Jamon (Director, UP Film Institute)
Prof. Patrick F. Campos (Director, Office of Extension and External Relations)

FACULTY

BROADCAST

Dr. Elizabeth Enriquez
Dr. Perlia Manalili
Prof. Fernando Austria, Jr.
Prof. Daphne-Tatiana Canlas

UP FILM INSTITUTE

Prof. Jose Gutierrez III
Prof. Shirley Evidente
Prof. Eduardo Lejano, Jr.
Prof. Sari Raissa Dalena
Prof. Anne Marie De Guzman

JOURNALISM

Prof. Rachel Khan
Prof. Danilo Arao
Ms. Kristine Felisse Mangunay

COMMUNICATION RESEARCH

Dr. Florinda Mateo
Dr. Jose Lacson, Jr.
Prof. Mikee N. Inton

LECTURERS
Broadcast Communication
Twink Macaraig
Pinky Aseron
Melba Estonilo

Communication Research
Aleth Gayosa

Journalism
Mark Ubalde

*Listen to this interview with Dr. Tiongson on DZUP.

See video