The Filipino Scribe demands an apology from FHM Philippines

The Filipino Scribe demands apology from FHM Philippines
FHM Philippines described The Filipino Scribe as a "non-satirical website that published inaccurate news"

Mr. Allan A. Madrilejos
Team Editor,

Dear Mr. Mardilejos,

This is Mark Madrona, a college professor and owner of the news blog The Filipino Scribe ( I am writing this letter to call your attention regarding an article you published last May 6 titled “Six Incredulously Funny Fake Election Headlines,” which featured satirical websites.

Towards the end of the said article, you used The Filipino Scribe (with an accompanying screenshot) as an example of “a non-satirical website that published inaccurate news.”

It refers to my article about the Iglesia Ni Cristo’s endorsement of Rodrigo Duterte for president and Bongbong Marcos for vice president. I happen to have sources close to the group, which enabled me to report on the story a day before almost all media organizations did – including the INC-run Eagle News.

The Filipino Scribe demands apology from FHM Philippines
FHM Philippines described The Filipino Scribe as a “non-satirical website that published inaccurate news”

I know that many individuals raised doubts about the accuracy of my article, with some of them calling me names while others subjected my site to a DDOS attack, but I was ultimately vindicated a day after.

I’m incredibly proud of the work I’ve done on The Filipino Scribe the past five years, especially as regards maintaining the accuracy of its website’s content is concerned. Along the way, it has received several awards and recognitions from various organizations since 2011. Hence, your description of as “a non-satirical website that published inaccurate news” is a direct assault on my site’s journalistic integrity.

Now having said that, I respectfully ask your team to remove the reference to my site from that particular article. Also, if possible, I’ll also appreciate having an editor’s note at the end of it (e.g. explaining that FHM’s characterization of my article as inaccurate is in fact, inaccurate, among others).

Thanks so much and all the best for FHM Philippines.

Respectfully yours,

Mark Madrona

(*To those who may be asking, “Why only now?” It’s because I only discovered this this week when I did a routine check of my site’s press mentions. And also, I messaged FHM Philippines’ Facebook page about this yesterday but I got no response.)



About Mark Madrona 1191 Articles
Mark Madrona is a prize-winning blogger, online journalist, and educator from the Philippines. Previously a book editor, he is now teaching communication subjects for two public universities in Manila. His blog The Filipino Scribe won 3rd place in a blog competition organized by the Affiliated Network for Social Accountability in East Asia and the Pacific (ANSA-EAP). In 2015, it was one of the finalists in the 2015 Lasallian Scholarum Awards for Best Online Feature Article in Youth and Education. He also won the Best Blog Award during the 2011 Population and Development Media Awards, the youngest recipient of that recognition. Know more about him here:

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