Philippine Daily Inquirer

The Philippine Daily Inquirer, popularly known as the Inquirer, is an English-language newspaper in the Philippines. Founded in 1985, it is often regarded as the Philippines' newspaper of record.[2][3]

Philippine Daily Inquirer
PDI Current Issue
Front page from October 26, 2016
TypeDaily newspaper
Owner(s)Philippine Daily Inquirer, Inc.
Founder(s)Eugenia D. Apostol
PublisherRaul Pangalanan
PresidentAlexandra Rufino Prieto-Romualdez
EditorJoseph Voltaire Contreas
News editorArtemio Engracia Jr.
Opinion editorRosario Garcellano
Sports editorTeddyvic Melendres
Francis Ochoa
FoundedDecember 9, 1985
Political alignmentCentre-left [1]
Headquarters1098 Chino Roces Ave. cor Yague and Mascardo Sts. 1204, Makati, Metro Manila, Philippines
Sister newspapersInquirer Bandera
Inquirer Libre
Cebu Daily News


The Philippine Daily Inquirer was a daily newspaper founded on 9 December 1985 by publisher Eugenia Apóstol, columnist Max Solivén, together with Betty Go-Belmonte (wife of House Speaker Feliciano "Sonny" Belmonte) during the last days of the regime of the Philippine dictator, Ferdinand Marcos, becoming one of the first private newspapers to be established under the Marcos regime.[4]

PDI's 1st Day Issue
First issue of Inquirer, December 9, 1985

The Inquirer succeeded the weekly Philippine Inquirer,[4] created in 1985 by Apostol to cover the trial of 25 soldiers accused of complicity in the murder of opposition leader Benigno Aquino, Jr. at the Manila International Airport on 21 August 1983. Apostol also published the Mr & Ms Special Edition, a weekly tabloid opposed to the Marcos regime.[4]

Beltran years (1985–89)

As the successor to the previous Mr. and Mrs. 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 Corazón 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 existence.[4]

On 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.[5] 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.[5]

Pascual years (1989–91)

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.[4] 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, on July 1990, the Inquirer headquarters in Intramuros was damaged by an earthquake. On 5 January 1991, the newspaper transferred to the YIC building along United Nations Avenue and Romualdez Street in Malate.

Jimenez-Magsanoc years (1991–2015)

Philippine Daily Inquirer
PDI logo prior to the 2016 relaunch
Letty Jimenez Magsanoc
Letty Jimenez Magsanoc, Inquirer's editor-in-chief from 1991 until her death in 2015.

Inquirer's longest-serving and first woman editor-in-chief, the late Letty Jimenez-Magsanoc,[6] 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.[7]

Under her term, in 1995, the Inquirer moved to its current headquarters in Makati City 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.[8] The presidential 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.[8]

In 2007, according to the survey conducted by AGB Nielsen, the Inquirer is 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 the St. Luke's Medical Center in Taguig City.[7][9] A month after her death, Jimenez-Magsanoc was recognized as the Filipino of the Year 2015 by the Inquirer.

Nolasco years (2016–present)

In 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.[10]

Nolasco was the managing editor of PDI for 24 years, and he is part of the first batch of reporters of Inquirer when the paper started its publication in 1985.

On October 6, 2016, the Inquirer launched a "rethink" of its print and digital presence by overhauling its newspaper design and website, and the launch of "My Inquirer" which converged the platforms of Inquirer in print, desktop, smartphone, tablet, and smartwatch. The redesign was done in collaboration with Dr. Mario Garcia of Garcia Media.

Filipino of the Year

The Philippine Daily Inquirer annually names a Filipino of the Year, honoring a Filipino who has made the most positive impact on the life of the nation.[11][12]

See also


  1. ^ Philippine Daily Inquirer - Media Bias/Fact Check
  2. ^ "Actor-politicians and understanding the vote of the poor". The Manila Times. July 6, 2014. Retrieved April 25, 2018.
  3. ^ Claudio, Leloy (May 7, 2014). "Reform the country's 'paper of record". GMA News. Retrieved April 25, 2018.
  4. ^ a b c d e "History". The Philippine Daily Inquirer. Retrieved 6 May 2013.
  5. ^ a b Yu, Doreen (28 July 2011). "The beginnings of The Philippine Star". The Philippine Star. Retrieved 6 May 2014.
  6. ^ "Letty Jimenez-Magsanoc: Stars of Asia-Opinion Shapers". Sheridan Prasso. 3 July 2000. Retrieved 18 May 2014.
  7. ^ a b Nery, John (25 November 2015). "Magsanoc, who led the Inquirer for 24 years, writes 30". Philippine Daily Inquirer. Retrieved 25 December 2015.
  8. ^ a b Balana, Cynthia D. (2012-03-04). "Isagani Yambot: PDI grammar cop, pillar of free press, friend". Philippine Daily Inquirer. Retrieved 2012-03-05.
  9. ^ "Inquirer editor in chief Letty Jimenez-Magsanoc dies".
  10. ^ "Nolasco appointed PDI executive editor". Philippine Daily Inquirer. Retrieved February 3, 2016.
  11. ^ Philippine Daily Inquirer, 28 January 2007, p. 1
  12. ^ "History of the Filipino of the Year award". 19 January 2014. Retrieved 25 December 2015.

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Eugenia Apostol

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Poe studied at the University of the Philippines Manila, where she majored in development studies, but moved to Boston College in Massachusetts, United States where she finished a degree in political science and has spent much of her adult life in Fairfax, Virginia. In 2004, her adoptive father ran for the Philippine presidency against the incumbent, Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, but was defeated; he died months later. On April 8, 2005, Grace returned to the Philippines after learning that her father had died. She began pursuing her father's rights over the results of the election and campaigned against alleged electoral fraud.

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Inquirer 990 Television

Inquirer 990 Television is a Philippine pay television news channel owned by Trans-Radio Broadcasting Corporation (a subsidiary of the Philippine Daily Inquirer). It is the television counterpart of radio news station DZIQ 990, broadcasting in the AM band. It is the fourth station to simulcast its radio stream to television, after DZMM (DZMM TeleRadyo), DZRH (DZRH News Television), DZRJ/8TriMedia (8TriTV), and Radyo5 92.3 News FM (One PH). Originally on livestreaming, it is currently available as a terrestrial subchannel on BEAM TV.Aside from the main programming feed from its radio counterpart, Inquirer 990 TV also airs its exclusive original programs.

Inquirer Bandera

Inquirer Bandera is a daily Taglish tabloid newspaper based in Metro Manila, Philippines. It is published by the Inquirer Publications, Inc with editorial and business offices located at the Media Resources Plaza Building, Mola cor. Pasong Tirad Streets, La Paz, Makati City.

Bandera has thirteen pages and costs 10 pesos. It contains local and international news, columns by hard hitting columnists and Radyo Inquirer anchors, reader's opinions, an action line column with government agencies, Good News with Fr. Dan delos Angeles column, showbiz news, sports news and analysis, lotto results, karera tips, trivias and tips, special sections including motoring, pets, agriculture and livestock, horoscope with Madam Rosa, Bantay OCW column, and crossword and sudoku puzzles.

Inquirer Group of Companies

Inquirer Holdings Incorporated (also known as the Inquirer Group of Companies) is a mass media conglomerate based in Makati City, Philippines with the Philippine Daily Inquirer as its flagship brand. The company is majority-owned by Pinnacle Printers Corporation, the holding investment arm of the Rufino-Prieto matriarch.

Inquirer Libre

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On October 9, 2017, Inquirer Libre relaunched as a weekly commuter paper. It will be distributed every Monday. The new schedule also enabled it to follow the look and layout of its sister paper, the Inquirer.

Inquirer Libre hosted Inquirer Libre day, an event where everything is FREE (LIBRE) last May 18, 2019 at Ayala Malls Circuit. It was attended by over 10,000 people and enjoyed free food and concert (with Rox Puno, After 5 and Janine Tenoso in the line up).

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Priority Development Assistance Fund scam

The Priority Development Assistance Fund scam, also called the PDAF scam or the pork barrel scam, is a political scandal involving the alleged misuse by several members of the Congress of the Philippines of their Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF, popularly called "pork barrel"), a lump-sum discretionary fund granted to each member of Congress for spending on priority development projects of the Philippine government, mostly on the national level.

The scam was first exposed in the Philippine Daily Inquirer on July 12, 2013, with the six-part exposé of the Inquirer on the scam pointing to businesswoman Janet Lim-Napoles as the scam's mastermind after Benhur K. Luy, her second cousin and former personal assistant, was rescued by agents of the National Bureau of Investigation on March 22, 2013, four months after he was detained by Napoles at her unit at the Pacific Plaza Towers in Fort Bonifacio. Initially centering on Napoles' involvement in the 2004 Fertilizer Fund scam, the government investigation on Luy's testimony has since expanded to cover Napoles' involvement in a wider scam involving the misuse of PDAF funds from 2003 to 2013.

It is estimated that the Philippine government was defrauded of some ₱10 billion in the course of the scam, having been diverted to Napoles, participating members of Congress and other government officials. Aside from the PDAF and the fertilizer fund maintained by the Department of Agriculture, around ₱900 million in royalties earned from the Malampaya gas field were also lost to the scam. The scam has provoked public outrage, with calls being made on the Internet for popular protests to demand the abolition of the PDAF, and the order for Napoles' arrest sparking serious discussion online.

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