These media sources have a slight to moderate liberal bias. They often publish factual information that utilizes loaded words (wording that attempts to influence an audience by using appeal to emotion or stereotypes) to favor liberal causes. These sources are generally trustworthy for information, but may require further investigation. See all Left-Center sources.
Overall, we rate the Manila Bulletin Left-Center Biased based on editorial positions that moderately favor the left. We also rate them Mixed for factual reporting due to selectively choosing stories that are favorable to the current President, Rodrigo Duterte (propaganda).
Founded in 1900 and initially established as a shipping journal, the Manila Bulletin is an English language newspaper based in the Philippines. It wasfoundedby Americans Carson Taylor and H.G. Farris. The Manila Bulletin focuses on current events and news in the Philippines and abroad, sports, entertainment, and editorials. Ownership of the Manila Bulletin has transferred several times in the last 70 years with former President Marcos’ military aide General Hans M. Menzi taking over in 1957, then business tycoon Emilio T. Yapin 1984. After Emilio T. Yap passed away his son Basilio C. Yap and the other family members took over his businesses. Basilio C. Yap is also the chairman of US Auto Co, Inc. and its subsidiary, Manila Prince Hotel Corporation. Currently, the Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of the Manila Bulletin is Dr. Crispulo J. Icban, Jr.
The Manila Bulletin Publishing Corp.and U.S. Automotive Co., Inc. are the owners of the Manila Bulletin and both are owned by the Yap Family. Basilio C. Yapis the Chairman of Manila Bulletin Publishing Corp. Basilio C. Yap is also the chairman of U.S. Automotive Company, which owns 54.20% of Manila Bulletin. Revenue is based on advertising, and the paper also has a classified section.
Analysis / Bias
In 2020, Reporters Without Borders ranked Philippines 136/180 in theirPress Freedom Index,stating that the Philippines is “Holding the line against Duterte’s attacks.” They further report that “Three Philippine journalists were killed in 2019, probably by thugs working for local politicians, who can have reporters silenced with complete impunity.”
Overall, we rate the Manila Bulletin Left-Center Biased based on editorial positions that moderately favor the left. We also rate them Mixed for factual reporting due to selectively choosing stories that are favorable to the current President, Rodrigo Duterte (propaganda). (M. Huitsing 5/31/2020 )