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Albee Benitez ventures into digital news

Camille Elemia
Albee Benitez ventures into digital news

Photo from Albee Benitez's website

Photo from Albee Benitez's website

Former lawmaker Albee Benitez bankrolls Digicast Negros, a recently launched online news site in Negros Oriental and Negros Occidental

Former Negros Occidental representative and billionaire Albee Benitez has invested in digital news, following his foray to the media and entertainment business.

Benitez is one of the backers of Digicast Negros, a recently launched online news site covering Bacolod City, Negros Occidental, and Negros Oriental.

“I just support them because I believe in their craft and talent. Locally, we still need some to deliver news and they should continue doing that,” Benitez told Rappler on Tuesday, October 20.

Digicast Negros was established by journalists from ABS-CBN Bacolod and Visayan Daily Star. Both news organizations had already stopped operations.

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Benitez is looking into expanding this model in other provinces that have lost access to information with the shutdown of ABS-CBN Regional Network Group (RNG).

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Benitez had consistently ranked among the richest solons in the House of Representatives, with a net worth of more than P1 billion in 2018. – Rappler.com

Camille Elemia

Camille Elemia is Rappler's lead reporter for media, disinformation issues, and democracy. She won an ILO award in 2017. She received the prestigious Fulbright-Hubert Humphrey fellowship in 2019, allowing her to further study media and politics in the US. Email camille.elemia@rappler.com