Philippine Daily Inquirer
Philippine Daily Inquirer
succeeded the weekly Philippine Inquirer
created in 1985 by Apostol to cover the trial of 25 soldiers accused of complicity in the assassination
of opposition leader Benigno Aquino Jr.
at the Manila International Airport
on August 21, 1983. Apostol also published the Mr. & Ms. Special Edition
, a weekly tabloid opposed to the Marcos regime.
As the successor to the previous Mr. & Ms. Special Edition
and the weekly Philippine Inquirer
, it was founded on a budget of P1 million and enjoyed a daily circulation of 30,000 in its early days. The new daily was housed in the dilapidated one-story Star Building on 13th and Railroad streets in Port Area, Manila
. It was put out by 40 editors, reporters, correspondents, photographers and other editorial employees working in a 100 square meter newsroom. Columnist Louie Beltran
was named its editor-in-chief
The newspaper was instrumental then in documenting the campaign of Corazon Aquino
during the 1986 presidential elections
and, in turn, the 1986 People Power Revolution
. Its slogan, Balanced News, Fearless Views
, was incorporated to the newspaper in January 1986 after a slogan-making contest held during the first month of the Inquirer's
In this period, the newspaper reached a high circulation of 500,000 copies a day.
In July 1986, questions about finances and a divergence of priorities caused a rift among the founders which led Belmonte, Soliven, and Art Borjal's split from the Inquirer to establish The Philippine Star
As Belmonte owned the Star Building where the Inquirer was headquartered, the newspaper amicably transferred to the Soliven-owned BF Condominium in Aduana Street, Intramuros
In February 1987, Federico D. Pascual, former assistant managing editor of the Daily Express
, was named executive editor of Inquirer and was appointed editor-in-chief
two years later.
It was during his term in 1990 that the Inquirer
took the lead from the Manila Bulletin
to become the Philippines' largest newspaper in terms of circulation.
However, in July 1990, the Inquirer headquarters in Intramuros was damaged by the 1990 Luzon earthquake
. On January 5, 1991, the newspaper transferred to the YIC building along United Nations Avenue and Romualdez Street in Malate.
Jimenez-Magsanoc years (1991–2015)
PDI logo prior to the 2016 relaunch
longest-serving and first woman editor-in-chief
, the late Letty Jimenez-Magsanoc,
was appointed on June 14, 1991. She was a former columnist and editor of the "Panorama" Sunday magazine of Bulletin Today (now Manila Bulletin)
who was sacked for writing articles poking fun at Marcos. She edited Mr & Ms Special Edition
until the fall of the Marcos regime. She is also the first editor in chief of Sunday Inquirer Magazine.
Under her term, in 1995, the Inquirer
moved to its current headquarters in Makati
after transferring headquarters four times.
During the administration of president Joseph Estrada
, he criticized the Inquirer
for "bias, malice, and fabrication" against him—this charge to the newspaper was denied. In 1999, several government organizations, pro-Estrada businesses, and movie producers simultaneously pulled their advertisements from the Inquirer
in a boycott that lasted for five months. Malacañang Palace
was widely implicated in the advertising boycott, which was denounced by then publisher Isagani Yambot
as an attack on the freedom of the press
In 2007, according to the survey conducted by AGB Nielsen, the Inquirer
was the most widely-read newspaper in the Philippines. The Manila Bulletin
and The Philippine Star
followed as the second and the third most widely read papers, respectively.
Magsanoc died on December 24, 2015 at St. Luke's Medical Center
A month after her death, Jimenez-Magsanoc was recognized as the Filipino of the Year 2015 by the Inquirer.
Nolasco years (2016–present)
On February 2, 2016, the Inquirer appointed its managing editor Jose Ma. Nolasco as the executive editor, the new top position of the newspaper, replacing the traditional editor-in-chief position that used by Inquirer for more than three decades.
At least two opinion pieces cite the Daily Inquirer
as the Philippines' newspaper of record
, but as an opportunity for criticism: the Manila Times
criticized it for "publish[ing] ... vapid, unthinking positions" which it called "reprehensible, at best";
GMA News, in 2014, noted it as a "de facto paper of record", followed by "This distinguished history only makes it more painful to say that the paper is starting to suck".
- ^ a b c d e "History". The Philippine Daily Inquirer. Retrieved May 6, 2013.
- ^ a b Yu, Doreen (July 28, 2011). "The beginnings of The Philippine Star". The Philippine Star. Retrieved May 6, 2014.
- ^ "Letty Jimenez-Magsanoc: Stars of Asia-Opinion Shapers". Sheridan Prasso. July 3, 2000. Retrieved May 18, 2014.
- ^ a b Nery, John (November 25, 2015). "Magsanoc, who led the Inquirer for 24 years, writes 30". Philippine Daily Inquirer. Retrieved December 25, 2015.
- ^ a b Balana, Cynthia D. (March 4, 2012). "Isagani Yambot: PDI grammar cop, pillar of free press, friend". Philippine Daily Inquirer. Retrieved March 5, 2012.
- ^ "Inquirer editor in chief Letty Jimenez-Magsanoc dies".
- ^ "Nolasco appointed PDI executive editor". Philippine Daily Inquirer. Retrieved February 3, 2016.
- ^ "Actor-politicians and understanding the vote of the poor". The Manila Times. July 6, 2014. Retrieved April 25, 2018.
- ^ Claudio, Leloy (May 7, 2014). "Reform the country's 'paper of record". GMA News. Retrieved April 25, 2018.
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