When talking about the most trusted news brands in the country, the Inquirer is always on the list. Why not when they have solid and extensive portfolio when it comes to sharing information to the public. Their awards and achievements can attest to their claim to be the no. 1 newspaper in the Philippines.
The Inquirer is formally known as the Philippine Daily Inquirer. It is one of the broadsheet newspapers circulated in the country with at least 260,000 copies circulated daily nationwide. It is part of the Philippines? newspaper of records and a member of the Asia News Network.
The Philippine Daily Inquirer was founded on December 9, 1985 by Eugenia Apostol as its publisher, columnist Max Soliven and Betty Go-Belmonte. Being founded in the later years of the Marcos Regime, it is one of the first private newspapers to be established under the late dictator?s leadership.
It was the successor of the weekly Philippine Inquirer which was created by Apostol in 1985 in order to cover the trial of 25 soldiers which were accused as accomplices to the murder of the late Benigno Aquino Jr. Apostol was the publisher of Mr. & Ms. Special edition which is a tabloid aimed to oppose the Marcos regime, published weekly.
It started with just a budget of P1 million and had 30,000 copies circulated when it started. It was composed of 40 editors, correspondents, reporter, photographers and editorial employees. Its editor-in-chief was then veteran columnist Louie Beltran.
Beltran served in the years 1985 to 1989. He was succeeded by Federico D. Pascual, the former assistant managing editor of the Daily Express, in the year 1989 to 1991. Currently, Letty Jimenez-Magsanoc serves as its editor-in-chief.
Apart from being known during the Marcos regime as one of the most vocal papers to criticize the late dictator, there have been other controversies that the Inquirer faced later on. During the Estrada administration, the former president accused the paper for being biased, malicious and for fabricating stories. These controversial accusations lead to some of pro-Estrada businesses and movie producers from pulling out advertisements from the newspaper.
An AGB Nielsen survey in the year 2007 concluded that the Inquirer is the most widely read newspaper in the country.