Daily Tribune (Philippines)

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Daily Tribune
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The Daily Tribune front page on August 16, 2014.jpg
The front page of the Daily Tribune on August 16, 2014
TypeDaily newspaper
Owner(s)The Tribune Publishing Company, Inc.[1]
PresidentWillie Fernandez
EditorCrispin G. Martinez
FoundedMarch 12, 1999
Political alignmentCentre-right
HeadquartersMakati, Philippines

Daily Tribune is a daily English-language broadsheet publication in the Philippines. Its office is in the 3450 Concept Building, Florida Street, Makati City, Metro Manila, Philippines. The Tribune is known for being critical of former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and her successor, Benigno S. Aquino III; conversely, it is often cited as supporting incumbent President Rodrigo Duterte, former President Joseph Estrada (now Mayor of Manila) and former Vice President Jejomar Binay.[citation needed]

Daily Tribune was founded on March 12, 1999 by a group of journalists from the then-defunct The Philippine Post led by then-Editor-in-Chief and Founding Chairman Ninez Cacho-Olivares. On June 1, 2018, Concept and Information Group, publisher of the online Concept News Central, acquired the paper from Cacho-Olivares.[1]


On February 24, 2006, the Tribune was raided by the Philippine National Police at the height of the State of Emergency imposed by Arroyo. The police presence remained in the paper's office until the State of Emergency was lifted on March 4, 2006. The paper continued to publish normally, making defiant statements throughout. Ninez Cacho-Olivarez, the paper's publisher, claimed that some of her reporters were practising self-censorship, but her own publishing decisions were unaffected. She received substantial publicity and her circulation expanded significantly during the crisis; however, she lost many advertisers who were intimidated by the unstable political situation. The Tribune is now said to face sedition charges, and it is unclear whether they will be in any way effective against the newspaper.

During the campaign period for the 2010 elections, the paper threw all its support behind former President Joseph Estrada and his running mate (now Vice-President), Jejomar Binay, because the editor is a member of their political party, Pwersa ng Masang Pilipino.[citation needed]

At present, the paper has been particularly critical of President Benigno S. Aquino III, presenting what it claims to be a more balanced or unbiased view of his administration and its efforts to prosecute Arroyo. It willingly and openly criticises the sitting President as opposed to other newspapers which usually feature and support the government's position.[citation needed]

Libel suits[edit]

Judge Winlove Dumayas of Regional Trial Court Branch 59, Makati City on June 5, 2008, found Cacho-Olivarez, publisher of The Daily Tribune, guilty of libel and sentenced her to a minimum of six months and a maximum of two years imprisonment. She was also ordered to pay 5 million (US$ 113,636) in moral damages and ₱33,732.25 in civil damages, including a libel fine of ₱4,000, for writing a June 23, 2003 column that accused then-Ombudsman Simeón Marcelo of colluding with the supposedly influential law firm, Villaraza, Cruz, Marcelo & Angangco in the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 3 deal.[2] Villaraza, Cruz, Marcelo & Angangco (colloquially known as 'The Firm') stated that it will prosecute 47 more libel suits against the publisher of The Daily Tribune.[3]

In February 2006, the office of The Daily Tribune was searched by police during a plot to topple the Arroyo government that resulted in the imposition of the State of Emergency.[4][5]


  1. ^ a b Dodson, John Henry (June 1, 2018). "Daily Tribune under new management hits newsstands". Concept News Central. Retrieved June 1, 2018.
  2. ^ Villaraza Cruz Marcelo & Angangco (CVC Law)
  3. ^ newsinfo.inquirer.net, Tribune publisher Olivarez guilty of libel
  4. ^ topnews.in/law, Tribune publisher Olivarez guilty of libel
  5. ^ abs-cbnnews.com, RTC decision on Ninez Cacho-Olivares libel case

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