Statement of Senator Risa Hontiveros: ‘Are Filipino taxpayers paying for Chinese propaganda?’

I am very disturbed that there is a radio program called “Wow China” that airs on Radyo Pilipinas 738, a state-owned AM radio station of the Philippine Broadcasting Service under the Presidential Communications Operations Office. 

PCOO should be fulfilling its mandate of helping the Filipino people with relevant and timely information especially during this COVID-19 pandemic.

But instead, it is allowing a program that promotes China and its state ideology. Filipino taxpayers should be indignant that we are essentially paying for a radio show that promotes China’s policies. 

We have let Chinese propaganda reach our shores. Inaangkin na nga nila ang  West Philippine Sea, pati ba naman ang radyo natin sa kanila na rin? 

It is also very hypocritical how the government is critical of alleged foreign ownership of other Filipino-owned media entities, but is aiding and abetting this clear foreign encroachment in our own.

‘Wow China’ should be cancelled immediately. PCOO and PBS should likewise be made to explain to Filipino taxpayers why it allowed the airing of Chinese state propaganda in a government-owned radio station. 

For me, this is a betrayal of the Filipino people. Our state media should always place Filipinos’ interests and welfare first.