MANILA, Philippines - The anti-crime organization Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption (VACC) marks its 14th anniversary by honoring exemplary media outfits and personalities that promote justice and fairness in society.
Headed by VACC chair Dante Jimenez, the awarding ceremony held at the Multi-Purpose Hall of Camp Crame on Saturday was attended by various Kapamilya and Kapuso media personalities that have made their stands on particular social issues and have maintained their integrity through their shows.
GMA-7's "Balitanghali" was named as Outstanding Television News Program while its anchors Raffy Tima and Pia Arcangel took home the Best Television News Reporters award.
The Best News Reporter award was bagged by Jiggy Manicad for his GMA News TV show "Quick Response Team" while the Television Reporter of the Year award went to GMA-7 reporter Marisol Abdurahman.
The prestigious Best TV show award was bagged by public affairs program "XXX" while anchor-host Julius Babao won the Best Television Host award.
ABS-CBN and DZMM anchor Ted Failon received citation for his Anti-Corruption Campaign show "Failon Ngayon" as well as top anchor Korina Sanchez for "Rated Korina" and "Umagang Kay Ganda," and "Dos Por Dos" host Anthony Taberna.
AM station DZBB dominated the awarding ceremony by getting the Outstanding Radio Station award. Veteran anchor Mike Enriquez was named Outstanding Radio Host and Carlo Mateo, also from DZBB, was honored as Outstanding Radio Reporter.
In addition to his countless recognitions, former Interior Secretary Jesse Robredo received a posthumous award on good governance, which was received by his widow, Atty. Leni Robredo.
A special award was also bestowed on various sectors and individuals that have aided VACC in furthering their causes. Recently appointed National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) head Chief Superintendent Leonardo Espina received the nod for his contributions to the VACC while he was still the head of the Philippine National Police's Highway Patrol Group.
As the ceremony's guest of honor, Mrs. Robredo praised this year's awardees from media, the government and the private sector.
"Even the media can make headlines reporting on other things but the focus on crime and corruption helps not just the ratings but the larger society as well. You all decided to be part of the solution rather than point fingers and play the blame game," Robredo said.