Mario Teodoro Failon Etong (born March 29, 1962), better known by his names
Ted Failon or
Teodoro Failon is a Filipino broadcast
journalist, radio commentator, and a former congressman representing the first
district of Leyte, Philippines, from 2001 to 2007.
Ted Failon was born and raised in
Tacloban City, Leyte, on March 29, 1962. Working early on to financially support
his studies, he finished his elementary school at St. Andrew's School Parañaque
in 1974, and high school at the University of Perpetual Help System Dalta Las
Pinas Campus Department of Business High School in 1979. He took up AB Economics
in Colegio de San Juan de Letran while working as a disc jockey in a small joint
along EDSA and Cubao, Quezon City. He earned a Bachelor in Broadcast
Communication degree from Polytechnic University of the Philippines, Manila in
1996, and has attended the Bachelor of Laws program of Arellano University.
Failon worked as Announcer at Radyo DIWA in Tacloban City from 1983 to 1988, and
Program Director at DWGV-FM 99.1 in Angeles City, Pampanga from 1988 to 1990. He
later moved to ABS-CBN where he went on to become Executive Producer and News
Anchor between 1990 and 2001. He was elected as Representative of 1st district
of Leyte from 2001 to 2004. Failon resumed broadcasting at ABS-CBN in 2004 up to
At ABS-CBN, Failon has hosted television and radio programs covering news and
public affairs. He became popular after co-hosting the public affairs program
Hoy Gising!. He also taught journalism at his alma mater, the Polytechnic
University of the Philippines.
Today, Failon is one of three main news anchors of TV Patrol World, the flagship
news program of ABS-CBN, the Philippines' largest broadcasting network. He is
also a radio commentator and newscaster in DZMM, a radio network owned by ABS-CBN.
At DZMM, he co-hosts "Tambalang Failon and Sanchez" with veteran broadcaster
In 2001, Failon entered politics when he ran for a seat in the House of
Representatives, representing the 1st District of Leyte. He won the seat,
defeating veteran politician Alfred Romualdez, the husband of actress Cristina "Kring-Kring"
Gonzales and nephew of former Philippine First Lady Imelda Romualdez Marcos.
Failon served in the 12th Congress, but retired at the end of his term in 2004
to resume his broadcasting career at ABS-CBN. He was succeeded by Representative
Ferdinand Martin Romualdez, another nephew of the former First Lady.
Failon has received numerous awards for broadcast journalism, including the KBP
Golden Dove Awards, the Catholic Mass Media Awards, the PMPC Star Awards for
Television, and the UST TV Awards.
Failon is a respected political commentator, and a renowned advocate of good
governance, press freedom, democracy, and social justice. He is an active member
of Tacloban Jaycees, the National Press Club, and CIVICOM Inc.
Failon was married to Trinidad Arteche–Etong (1965–2009). On 15 April 2009,
Trinidad Etong was rushed to the hospital after sustaining a gunshot wound to
the head. She died from her injuries the following day. Failon himself had
rushed his wife to the hospital, and subsequently issued a statement saying that
he had found his wounded wife in their bathroom after she had used his handgun
in a suicide attempt. Hours after the shooting, Failon was arrested, allegedly
for tampering with the crime scene, though he was able to leave police custody
the following day to be at his wife's bedside. Failon himself denied any
involvement in the shooting of his wife, and he tested negative for powder burns
in a paraffin test conducted by the Quezon City police.
The family driver and three housemaids of the Failon family were charged by the
Quezon City police for obstruction of justice, for allegedly destroying
important evidence in the shooting, which occurred at the Failon family home.
This was followed by the arrests of Mrs. Failon's brother and sister by the
Quezon City police, allegedly also for obstruction of justice. It is concluded
that Trina Etong commited suicide, which is investigated by National Bureau of