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This article is about the news program in the Philippines. For the Russian male first name of which "Aksyon" is a diminutive, see Avksenty.
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Current logo of Aksyon since 21 July 2014
Genre News
Live action
Created by TV5 Network Inc.
Developed by News5
Directed by Benedict Carlos
Presented by Primetime anchors
Erwin Tulfo
Luchi Cruz-Valdez
Morning anchors
Cheryl Cosim
Jeff Caparas
Renz Ongkiko
Noontime anchors
Raffy Tulfo
Late-Night anchors
Ed Lingao
Marga Vargas
Aksyon Alert anchors
Various contributors
Opening theme "Aksyon theme" by Jimmy Antiporda (for Aksyon, Aksyon sa Tanghali, and Aksyon Tonite)
"AksyonTV theme", originally composed by Gerald Salonga (for Aksyon sa Umaga)
Country of origin Philippines
Original language(s) Filipino
No. of episodes N/A (airs daily)
Executive producer(s) Anthony Divinagracia (morning)
Erick Montas (noontime)
Naomi Dayrit (primetime)
Ana Puod (late-night)
Location(s) TV5 Media Center Relliance, Mandaluyong City
Running time 1.15 hour (Primetime)
1.5 hour (Morning)
1 hour (Noontime)
30 minutes (Late-Night)
Original network TV5
Picture format 480i 4:3 (SDTV)
Audio format Mono
Original release April 5, 2010 – present
Preceded by TEN: The Evening News (as Evening Newscast)
Good Morning Club (as Morning Show)
Balitaang Tapat (as Noontime Newscast)
Pilipinas News (as Late-night Newscast)
ABC News Alert (2006–2008; as Hourly News Bulletin)
Related shows Sapul
Aksyon JournalisMO
Pilipinas News
External links

Aksyon (lit. Action), is the flagship national network news program broadcast by TV5 in the Philippines.[1] Its main primetime weeknight edition, also known as Aksyon Prime, broadcasts from 6:15 to 7:30 pm (PST), and is co-anchored by News5 Chief Luchi Cruz-Valdez and veteran news anchor Erwin Tulfo.[2]

In mid-2014, Aksyon expanded to different editions on weekdays: Aksyon sa Umaga, Aksyon sa Tanghali, and Aksyon Tonite (in which the word "tonite" must be understood as a filipinism of the English word "tonight").

The morning (until 6AM), primetime and late-night editions of the newscast are both simulcasted on radio through 92.3 News FM in Mega Manila and its provincial Radyo5 stations nationwide.

All of its editions are aired overseas via Kapatid TV5 and AksyonTV International.


The newscast is based on News5's slogan "Higit sa Balita, Impormasyon at Kaganapan, Aksyon" which literally means "Beyond the news, information, and events, Action." Aksyon premiered on April 5, 2010 at 9:00 pm with Paolo Bediones and Cheryl Cosim as its first anchors. The news program used a touch-screen television called "Aksyon Board." It is the first local newscast to report via Live-Pack in contrast to the OB Vans used by its competitors. There is also a round-up news update called Aksyon Ngayon anchored by Dindo Flora, Cristina Lazo, and former Tambayan 101.9 (now MOR 101.9) DJ Reggie Valdez.

On October 25, 2010, Erwin Tulfo of the police-report-and-public-service-segment Aksyon Metro joined the newscast and their time slot was moved to 6:00 pm, then 5:45 pm, and then 5:30 pm serving as a former lead-in to the network's former variety shows Willing Willie/Wil Time Bigtime. On that same day, the newscast also introduced a new augmented virtuality set and OBB.

Since November 8, 2010, the newscast began its simulcast on the newly launched Radyo5 92.3 News FM.

On February 17, 2011, Paolo Bediones left the newscast for Aksyon JournalisMO, leaving Cosim and Tulfo as the main anchors, with Shawn Yao (showbiz and weather) and Makata Tawanan (Makata's Super Bidyo) as segment anchors. The newscast was also given new weekday graphics and new virtual background while starting its simulcast on AksyonTV on February 21, 2011.

On June 6, 2011, the newscast added a news desk while updating their graphics and title card. "Makata's Super Bidyo," a video features segment, was reformatted with its new name "Makatang Gala" (The Stray Poet), where Makata Tawanan goes on streets to bring information to its viewers.

On July 25, 2011, Lourd de Veyra joined the newscast, hosting his weather-and-trivia-segment "Weather or Not", which includes relevant and historical bites after de Veyra presents the weather.

On February 6, 2012, Aksyon divided into two parts, Metro Aksyon focused on police reports around Metro Manila, and Rodolfo Jun Sabayton hosted "Anong Problema Mo", while remaining 30 minutes is the national and other news. It then became an emergency protocol when its former lead-in public service program, T3: Kapatid, Sagot Kita, of the Tulfo brothers was given a long-term suspension by the Movie and Television Review and Classification Board following numerous controversies that hounded the show.

On February 20, 2012, Aksyon modified its newsdesk and updating its graphics and title card.

On January 7, 2013, Aksyon reexpand its time to 45 minutes, from 6:00 pm to 6:45 pm. It then launched a new segment entitled Happy News, a segment that focuses on light-hearted topics (e.g., travel, food, festivals, etc.) that reflects the Filipino's happy spirit. It has become the newscast's closing segment since its launch.

In June 2013, when Sports5 did not renew a blocktime agreement with Intercontinental Broadcasting Corporation to air the AKTV sports block due to high blocktime costs and low ratings, the newscast's simulcast on AksyonTV was limited to give way for the primetime sports programming on AksyonTV.

On October 14, 2013, along with the launch of News5's primetime block KBO: Karunungan, Balita, Opinyon, Aksyon updated its newsdesk, graphics and title card.

Aksyon became a 1-hour newscast from 6:00-7:00 pm.

On December 23, 2013, Aksyon, along with other News5 programs, transferred from its former TV5 Studio Complex in Novaliches, Quezon City to a larger TV5 Media Center in Reliance, Mandaluyong.[3]

In March 2014, the newscast has two new segments. Caught in Aksyon focuses on issues – accidents, violation, and wrongful activities caught on CCTV Cameras. Makatarugan Ba? is about the issues that one or more individuals has a violations in a law, as explained by Atty. Mel Sta. Maria.

On July 21, 2014, "Aksyon" expanded its newscast by revamping four separate newscasts: Aksyon sa Umaga (replacing Good Morning Club), Aksyon sa Tanghali (the reincarnation of Balitaang Tapat) back-to-back with T3 Enforced (after moving to noontime slot), the reformatted flagship Aksyon Prime, and Aksyon Tonite (replacing Pilipinas News).

On October 21, 2014, Aksyon Prime cut its runtime to 45 minutes whenever PBA games are at hand on weeknights. Reaksyon once again had a separate program after Aksyon Tonite.

On November 3, 2014, Veteran war correspondent and Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism multimedia director Ed Lingao joins Aksyon Tonite, replacing Paolo Bediones, which left the newscast as effect of a video scandal while he was on GMA Network. Ed Lingao is previously with ABC/TV5 from 2004 - 2009 as Head of News and as Contributor on Aksyon's predecessor, TEN: The Evening News. Ed Lingao's appearance was on a split screen, Cheryl Cosim at the left side while he is at the scene of the news not at the studio (same as Jiggy Manicad's QRT). Martin Andanar became also a temporary co-anchor with Cheryl Cosim in Aksyon Tonite. But during the coverage of Typhoon Mario, Paolo Bediones while being on a leave of absence, he had an appearance on Aksyon Tonite and other Aksyon newscasts to give a report for Rescue5.

Paolo Bediones joined Aksyon Sa Umaga for a short period of time then later removed. However, the public service reminders from Rescue5 with Paolo Bediones were still being aired until his quiet unknown status with the network.

In January 2015, Aksyon Sa Umaga shortened its airing time until 6:30 am.

On April 6, 2015, all Aksyon newscasts including Aksyon News Alerts made history as they shifted to 16:9 high definition production, the first among the top three networks in the country. However, with digital television at its first years, these newscasts are aired to viewers in a downgraded 4:3 standard definition letterbox (either on widescreen or CRT TVs).

On June 1, 2015, all Aksyon newscasts updated their graphic packages using the 16:9 safe version of the graphics (similar to that of several US local TV stations which uses the AFD #10 broadcast flag). The studio set was also renovated and expanded to accommodate an LED screen at the back of the studio with a desk for the anchor. This also the first time that Aksyon Sa Umaga doesn't have a separate studio set.

On July 20, 2015, all Aksyon newscasts eliminated the letterboxes, through the use of a 4:3 pan scan format. As a result, all of its newscast were reverted to 4:3 standard definition, with on-air graphics re-framed to 4:3 safe format to fit the viewer's output. However, the letterboxing output shall remain to be used for some circumstances (such as events like the SONA where the originating source only applies to 16:9 widescreen TVs).

After Shawn Yao's controversy on one of her live reports on TV and before anchoring a program on Bloomberg TV Philippines, she left her segment in Aksyon and replaced permanently by MJ Marfori.

On January 18, 2016, Erwin Tulfo replaced Lourd de Veyra as one of the anchors/hosts of Aksyon sa Umaga. Erwin and Martin's tandem in early morning television show made a return after Good Morning Sir; their radio program Punto Asintado became a segment again in Aksyon Sa Umaga. Erwin Tulfo is still one of the anchors of Aksyon Prime.

On April 18, 2016, Cheryl Cosim and TV5's resident legal analyst Atty. Mel Sta. Maria replaced Martin Andanar and Erwin Tulfo as anchors/hosts of Aksyon sa Umaga. This is Cheryl Cosim's return as a morning anchor/host after Good Morning Club, though she still anchored Aksyon Tonite at that time. This is also Atty. Mel Sta. Maria's first time to become a main anchor of a television newscast. Public service format was added on his arrival. Before this, he already became part of a segment in some newscasts of News5 where he gave advices same as what he is doing on his radio program Relasyon.

In April 2016, after many years of anchoring various newscasts, this is the first time that Martin Andanar doesn't have any television-produced programs except the continuous rerun of Crime Klasik and as host of Punto Asintado from Radyo Singko. (The latter's hook-up with AksyonTV was later pulled out to accommodate infomercial blocktime programming.) He then focused on his radio and podcast career, while continuing his job as the official voice over of all News5 platforms: Radyo5, AksyonTV (except Sports5 programs), N5E, and News5 programs on TV5. But on June 2, 2016, it was revealed that Martin Andanar was appointed as the new head of PCOO (Presidential Communication Operations Office) under the Duterte Administration, which supervises the government's media infrastructure.

By May 2016, after the Bilang Pilipino 2016 Election Coverage, all Aksyon newscasts continued to utilize the new studio with a large LED. Unlike ABS-CBN News and GMA News who came back in their respective newscast studios after the coverage, News 5 considered the Election studio as their new studio for all of its editions. However, 4:3 safe graphics, title cards, and OBB didn't change. There was also a time that Sports5 used the studio for the announcement of the Gilas Pilipinas line-up prior to the FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament in July (with the Philippines as one of the host countries).

On July 15, 2016, Cherie Mercado left the newscast after six years with TV5 (from Aksyon Weekend, Aksyon Journalismo, to Aksyon sa Tanghali), after she was appointed as the Press Officer and spokesperson to the newly created Department of Transportation.[4][5] Following her departure, Aksyon was downgraded to single-presenter format by August 1. Cheryl Cosim retained her role to the morning newscast, but she left her co-presenter of Aksyon Tonite Ed Lingao who went solo for a week until Roices Naguit took over Cosim's vacated anchor's chair on the Late Night Edition in the height of the network's coverage to the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. More than two months later, on October 17, the edition's segment anchor Lia Cruz and former Aksyon sa Tanghali segment anchor Marga Vargas are named as new rotating co-anchors to Lingao.[6] The primetime edition however, was spared from these changes and is still being co-anchored by Valdez and Tulfo.[7]

On December 1, 2016, Aksyon Sa Umaga began its simulcast on Radyo Singko but until 6:00AM only. The move was made after News 5 axed Balita Alas Singko on weekdays which ended on November 30. However, the Saturday and Sunday editions of Balita Alas Singko still continues which unformally served as the weekend edition of Aksyon Sa Umaga because it occupies the same slot (5AM) both on Radyo Singko and AksyonTV and considering also that it is the only news program of News 5 on weekends. However, it cannot be seen on the mother network TV5 because of its radio booth format with no field reporters and video reports. Among all the edition of Aksyon, the noontime is the remaining newscast of TV5 which doesn't have the radio simulcast.

On December 19, 2016, lower thirds was updated with orange as the standard color. Before, orange was used only in Umaga and then in Prime, but now, in all editions. The color is now similar with their Cignal channel Bloomberg TV Philippines.

Beginning January 9, 2017, Aksyon Prime extended its runtime every Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays to 75 mins, where the newscast will begin at 6:15pm and end at 7:30pm. Aksyon sa Tanghali also extended its runtime to 60 minutes, from 12:00nn to 1:00pm, last January 2.

Newscast Editions[edit]

Aksyon Sa Umaga[edit]

Aksyon Sa Umaga is the newscast's morning edition, broadcasting from 5:00 to 6:30am PST on TV5 and AksyonTV and from.5:00 to 6:00am on Radyo5 92.3 NewsFM. This is the only edition that has frequently changing its presenters due to several commitments.

Main presenter[edit]

Former presenters[edit]

Aksyon Sa Tanghali[edit]

The one-hour midday edition of the newscast is aired at 12:00 to 1:00pm, and is presented by Raffy Tulfo (who also hosts his Itimbre mo kay Tulfo segment, a spin off from Wanted sa Radyo). This edition always changes the schedule since the launch, due to blocktime programming or competing with other noontime newscasts.

Former Presenter[edit]

  • Cherie Mercado (2014-2016)
  • Jannie Alipo-on (Celebrity Aksyon; 2015–2016)
  • Marga Vargas (Weather; 2014–2016)
  • Atty. Mel Sta. Maria (May K ka segment host; 2014-2015)
  • Edinel Calvario (Healing Galing segment host; 2014-2015)


Start time differences[edit]

The primetime edition is promoted to air at 6:15pm on weeknights, with some exceptions. In some non-PBA game days, the newscast would start as early as 6:10pm. In almost every PBA game day, the newscast would start late on TV5 to allow the afternoon PBA game to end with the final score of the match. This is somewhat different from some US terrestrial TV networks where selected coverage to sporting events are being handed over to their sister subchannels when the main channel's following program must begin at its scheduled timeslot. The newscast airs from 6:15pm to 7:30pm on non-PBA days and 6:15pm to 7:00pm on PBA game days.

Main Presenters[edit]

Segment Presenters[edit]

  • Lourd de Veyra (Weather or Not)
  • MJ Marfori-Oida (Celebrity Aksyon)
  • Vic Garcia (Ano ang Aksyon mo?)

Former Presenters[edit]

  • Martin Andanar (2010, weekend edition)
  • Paolo Bediones (2010-2011, weekday edition)
  • Cheryl Cosim (2010-2014, weekday edition)
  • Cherie Mercado (2010, weekend edition)
  • Jove Francisco (2010-2012, weekend edition)
  • Maricel Halili (2010-2012, weekend edition)
  • Atty. Mike Templo (2010-2012, weekend edition)
  • Raffy Tulfo (2013-2014, Saturday edition)
  • Grace Lee (2013-2014, Saturday edition)
  • Chiqui Roa-Puno (2014-2015, Aksyon Sports segment anchor; now Congresswoman of the 1st district of Antipolo)
  • Paloma (2010-2011, Showbiz Aksyon segment anchor)
  • Shawn Yao (2011-2014, Showbiz Aksyon segment anchor)
  • Seph Ubalde (2013-2014, Aksyon Weather Saturday segment host)

Aksyon Tonite[edit]

Aksyon Tonite is the newscast's late night edition, broadcasting from 10:15 to 10:45pm on Monday to Friday and is presented by Ed Lingao and Marga Vargas.

Former Presenters[edit]

Regional and affiliate versions/adaptations[edit]

Aksyon also had two regional versions: Aksyon Bisaya, a late afternoon regional newscast aired on TV5 Cebu, launched on July 18, 2011, following the station's launch in Cebu;[8] and Aksyon Dabaw, which was launched on May 5, 2014 on TV5 Davao.[9] These were the only regional editions that TV5 managed to produce, since they did not have a regional newscast for years in the network's history.

However, on September 8, 2016, the two regional newscasts were cancelled due to cost-cutting measures by the network to sustain the day-by-day operations of these regional stations. Although the newscast was ended, the reporters and cameramen were remaining employed and they will continue to give reports for all national Aksyon newscasts and for Radyo5.[10]

Although it didn't consolidate with Aksyon, Global Broadcast Professionals' DXGB-11 Zamboanga, a TV5 affiliate, adopted the soundtrack of the newscast for the station's flagship Dateline Zamboanga.

Previous regional newscasts[edit]

Hourly news updates[edit]

Aksyon has hourly update spin-offs on television and radio.

Aksyon Alert[edit]

Formerly known as Aksyon Ngayon, it is the hourly news update of TV5 airing every day with several anchors in various hours. It airs the latest news of the hour, with the day's headlines presented before the end of the update.

Notable presenters[edit]

  • Marga Vargas
  • Maricel Halili
  • Dale De Vera
  • Roices Naguit
  • Trish Roque
  • Twink Macaraig
  • Naomi Dayrit
  • JV Arcena
  • Gary De Leon
  • Ivy Bernado

Aksyon News Update[edit]

It is the radio news update of Radyo5 92.3 News FM airing every 30 minutes daily. Aside from latest news, it also airs reports from Radyo5 News Team. Instead of its regular news update, Radyo5 inserts Aksyon News Alert, interrupting an ongoing program whenever a developing story breaks in.

Weekend editions[edit]

Aksyon's weekend edition, then called Aksyon Weekend, premiered on April 10, 2010 at 5:00 pm. Co-anchoring the weekend edition were Cherie Mercado, Jove Francisco and Martin Andanar, all final anchors of Aksyon's predecessor, TEN: The Evening News. Mercado, pregnant when the weekend edition first aired, when she got gave birth to her child, she was replaced by Amelyn Veloso, Naomi Dayrit, and then Maricel Halili, when she was the permanent replacement for Mercado. The weekend edition was moved to late nights on October 10, 2010 to make way for the pilot episodes of Willing Willie. Being absent on his last five weeks, Andanar was pulled out of the newscast to anchor the late-night newscast Aksyon JournalisMO on October 24, 2010.

On October 30, 2010, Andanar was replaced on Aksyon's weekend edition by his co-host on the weekday morning program Sapul sa Singko, Atty. Mike Templo. He joined Halili and Francisco, who remained in the weekend newscast although he was also assigned to the late night newscast. The weekend edition was split into Aksyon Sabado and Aksyon Linggo.

On August 5, 2012, Aksyon Sabado/Linggo made its final broadcast to give way to Pilipinas News weekend edition starting August 11, 2012 until July 13, 2014.

On January 26, 2013, the weekend edition returned on air. But this time, it is now being anchored by Raffy Tulfo and Grace Lee. And it is being aired on Saturdays only because of the weekend edition of Pilipinas News which is aired every Saturday and Sunday around midnight, with Aksyon being aired on Sundays as Aksyon Alert only. Tulfo has a new segment called "Itimbre Mo, Tol". The final episode of Aksyon Weekend aired on July 12, 2014, with Raffy Tulfo moving to Aksyon sa Tanghali and Grace Lee being assigned to Aksyon sa Umaga starting July 21, 2014.

The following week, Aksyon Alert extended their broadcast to weekends with the bulletin airing every top of the hour in the morning and a number of times in the afternoon and the evening.


Gawad Tanglaw[edit]

  • 2015 – Best News Program for Aksyon Prime
  • 2015 – Best Female News Program Anchor for Luchi Cruz-Valdes
  • 2015 – Best Morning Program for Aksyon Sa Umaga
  • 2014 – Best Female News Program Anchor for Cheryl Cosim

KBP Golden Dove[edit]

  • 2013 – Best Female Newscaster for Cheryl Cosim
  • 2015 - Best Newscast for Aksyon Tonite
  • 2015 - Best Female Newscaster for Luchi Cruz-Valdes
  • 2015 - Ka Doroy Broadcaster of the Year Award for Luchi Cruz-Valdes
  • 2016 - Best Newscast for Aksyon Tonite

PMPC Star Awards for Television[edit]

  • 2014 – Best Male Newscaster for Erwin Tulfo
  • 2015 - Best Male Newscaster for Erwin Tulfo
  • 2016 - Best Male Newscaster for Erwin Tulfo

Inding-Indie Short Film Festival[edit]

  • 2015 - Most Outstanding Broadcasters Asian Media Awardees for Cheryl Cosim and Luchi Cruz-Valdes
  • 2015 - Asian Best Broadcasters for Raffy Tulfo and Erwin Tulfo
  • 2016 - Pinakamapanuri at Pinagkakatiwalaang Brodkaster of the Year Award for Luchi Cruz-Valdes
  • 2016 - Best News Anchors for Cheryl Cosim and Ed Lingao
  • 2016 - Best News Program for Aksyon Prime
  • 2016 - Most Trusted Media Personalities for Radio and Television Awardees for Raffy Tulfo and Erwin Tulfo

Catholic Mass Media Awards[edit]

  • 2015 - Special Citation for Best News Program for Aksyon Prime

Gawad Sulo ng Bayan Awards[edit]

  • 2015 - TV Broadcaster of the Year Award for Martin Andanar

Center for Media Freedom and Responsibility[edit]

  • 2016 - Award of Distinction for Ed Lingao

See also[edit]


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