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Prof. Randolf “Randy” S. David

Prof. Randolf “Randy” S. David

Randolf “Randy” S. David is a Filipino journalist, television host and a sociologist. He is a professor emeritus of sociology at the University of the Philippines Diliman. He currently pens a weekly newspaper column for the Philippine Daily Inquirer, as well as being a member of the board of advisor of ABS-CBN Corporation.


Randy David hails from Pampanga and obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree, major in Sociology, from the University of the Philippines in 1965. He also pursued doctoral studies at the University of Manchester, though he opted not to complete them and chose instead to remain in the Philippines during the martial law government of President Ferdinand Marcos.

A longtime professor in the Department of Sociology of the University of the Philippines, David first came into widespread prominence in 1986, when he accepted an offer by the Intercontinental Broadcasting Corporation to host a public affairs talk show on IBC-13. The show, named Truth Forum, was notable as the only public affairs talk show during its time that was conducted in Filipino, rather than English. David later joined the newly re-established Associated Broadcasting Company as a newscaster and the host of a new talk show, Public Life with Randy David. After leaving the network in 1995, David hosted Public Life for GMA Network, and until 2003, Off the Record (with Katrina Legarda) for ABS-CBN, his last regular hosting stint to date. Since 1995, his newspaper column, Public Lives, has appeared every Sunday on the pages of the Philippine Daily Inquirer.

On February 25, 2006, David was arrested in Santolan, Quezon City while celebrating the 20th anniversary of the first People Power Revolution. The reason for the arrest was the lack of permit to rally, President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo having revoked all permits after she declared a state of national emergency just a few hours earlier. He was later released with all charges dropped. In May, 2006, the Supreme Court declared that the arrests of David and his co-detainees were invalid.

David expressed interest in running for a congressional seat in Pampanga should Gloria Macapagal Arroyo run for Congressman in the 2010 general elections, a fight that has been dubbed by several Senators and mediamen as “David vs. Gloriath”. David later chose not to run, and Arroyo was elected to the seat in May 2010.


David was named one of the UP Centennial Fellows for his valuable contributions to Philippine sociology and social awareness. He was a visiting professor at the National Autonomous University of Mexico in 1996, lecturing on Philippine development and democracy. In 1990, he was also a Visiting Professor at the Ryukoku University in Kyoto, Japan where he lectured and conducted research about Filipino migrant workers. He has also been appointed by the United Nations University in Tokyo as the Southeast Asian Coordinator on its Asian Perspectives Program, where he organized a network of young scholars from the ASEAN countries to undertake joint research and to offer alternative views on the region’s development experience.

He has authored several books including “Reflections on Sociology and Philippine Society”, published in 2001, and “Nation, Self, and Citizenship: An Invitation to Philippine Sociology,” published in 2002, that won the National Book Award in 2002 and 2003 respectively. Most of his writings featured a broad range of topics including the cabo system on the Manila waterfront, the social roots of Philippine poverty, the role of transnational corporations in the banana industry, language and consciousness, culture and development, Filipino workers in Japan, political parties and the financing of electoral campaigns.


David is married to Karina Constantino-David who served until 2008 as the Chairperson of the Civil Service Commission (CSC) of the Philippines. The couple has four children, including broadcast journalist Kara David, UP National Institute of Geological Sciences (NIGS) professor Dr. Carlos Primo David, Nadya Melina David and Jika David. Randy David is also the son-in-law of the historian Renato Constantino.

Television Shows

  • Public Forum (IBC-13, 1986–1989)
  • Balitang Balita (ABC-5, 1992–1995)
  • Public Life (ABC-5/GMA-7, 1992–1998)
  • Off the Record (ANC, 2002–2003)
  • Bayan Mo Ipatrol Mo Halalan 2013 (ABS-CBN, 2013)
  • Bandila (ABS-CBN, 2014-present)

Sources: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Randy_David & http://en.wikipilipinas.org/index.php/Randy_David (retrieved on 05 September 2015).

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