Here is a brief look at some of the media outlets that are being run by Conservative members.
- Living Today: Run by Reyfort Fortaleza, published a piece about joining the party and an interview with PM Harper.
- Philippine Journal: Run by Irene Yatco, ran unsuccessfully against NDP MP Libby Davies in 2011.
- Planet Philippines: Run by Cholo Insua, who states it doesn't influence his work.
Baritugo resigned and in an alarmed fashion stated that the integrity of his former publication is at risk due to the publisher's recent decision to join the Conservative party and publish a piece on the third page in the Publisher's dedicated section.
Fortaleza wrote the piece: “Why I joined the Conservative Party”. In it he stated:
“On February 9, 2013, I formally joined the ranks of the Conservative Party of Canada. In many ways, it was an affirmation of the core values I hold deeply. Love for family. Dedication to hard work. Personal responsibility. Respect for tradition. Honour of faith...It isn't surprising that Canadians have voted Conservative for the last three elections, seeing in the party a reflection of the values they hold dear.”
|A picture of Cely Fortaleza, PM Stephen Harper, and Publisher Reyfort Fortaleza in Living Today|
|A look at the formatting of the interview that was written and published by Living Today's publisher.|
"I usually distribute the jobs to different people to get a chance for the front cover, but the office of Mr. Harper requested that Mr. Fortaleza be the one," Tobias said.
"You have to remember ethnic media is fair game only if the Tories believe it can turn out physical votes at game time," he said.
"It was just a coincidence that Mr. Fortaleza signed up, and it so happened that Mr. Harper was on the cover," Tobias explained. He emphasized that Living Today was a lifestyle magazine, intended to showcase the lives of global Filipinos, and not meant to be political.
"I'm not a card-carrying member of any party," Baritugo said.
"[Living Today] is publicly positioned as a lifestyle magazine but my columns - the odd man out - had always had either an economic angle, a political slant or bias," Baritugo said. He stated that the slant of the publisher would change the nature of the magazine.