Ces Drilon returns to ‘Bandila’

Posted at 10/06/2008 1:43 PM | Updated as of 10/06/2008 2:34 PM

Three months after a kidnapping ordeal in Mindanao, veteran broadcast journalist Cecilia Victoria ‘Ces’ Orena-Drilon will return as co-anchor of ABS-CBN's late night news program “Bandila” starting this Monday.

Returning with co-anchors Korina Sanchez and Henry Omaga-Diaz, Drilon said viewers of Bandila should continue to expect excellent and relevant news stories from the late night newscast.

“Tatlong buwan kaming hindi nagsama-sama nina Korina at Henry, isa iyon. So magkakasama kaming muling tatlo. At siyempre, ganoon pa rin iyong sigla sa pagsunod sa mga kaganapan dito sa bansa natin. Mga istoryang makabuluhan,” she said in an interview in ABS-CBN morning show “Umagang Kay Ganda.”

Drilon said she will be presenting a segment on the physical and psychological effects of the Mindanao conflict on soldiers of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP). She said it will be her first time to be allowed to enter AFP’s medical center in V. Luna.

“Naisip ko na siguro isang magandang storya dahil nga digmaang nangyayari ngayon sa Mindanao, ano bang epekto ng digmaan sa mga sundalo natin? Iyong mga nasusugatan tapos babalik sila sa kanilang mga pamilya, minsan iyong napapansin mo iyong mga pisikal lang eh. Pero iyong mental, anong ginagawa ng AFP para sa kanila para matulungan silang gumaling sa mga ganoong sakit? Iyon ang story ko. Siguro mga tatlong storya makakabuo ako, siguro abangan nila Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, tapos ang maganda rito pinagkatiwalaan kami na makapasok for the first time sa psychiatric ward ng V. Luna,” she said.

Drilon has been known for her credibility, courage and excellence in gathering and presenting news. Last June, she and her news team including Prof. Octavio Dinampo were kidnapped by suspected Abu Sayyaf bandits in Sulu. They were released after nine days in captivity.

“Bandila”, the late night newscast of ABS-CBN, is the first Philippine program to earn a nomination for an International Emmy Award for their report “The Subic Rape Case Promulgation.”