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Brigada News FM

Brigada News FM airs over 40 radio stations in the FM band nationwide dedicated to news, commentary, and public affairs. It covers local news, as well as national, international, business, entertainment, and sports.

It is the only news station to emerge among the top 10 FM radio stations in Nielsen’s CMV Q2 2023.

It is owned by Brigada Mass Media Corporation, which is under a conglomerate, the Brigada Group of Companies with businesses encompassing media, logistics, pharmaceuticals, security, and construction.

The conglomerate founder and owner, Elmer V. Catulpos, used to be a contractual radio news reporter, multi-level marketer, and insurance agent.

He founded Brigada Mass Media Corporation starting with a two-page flier of entertainment stories and tips for health and lottery. In 2005, amid accusations that he was promoting illegal gambling and that his publication was a sham, he registered his business at the city hall and founded the Brigada News Philippines tabloid.

In 2022, he entered politics and ran for the mayoralty post of GenSan with the support and endorsement of the Achievement with Integrity Movement, a political party founded by the Antoninos of South Cotabato.

Catulpos is also an owner of Baycomms Broadcasting Corporation, which operates the franchise of Brigada’s radio stations and Media Serbisyo Production Corporation’s DWPM 630 Teleradyo Serbisyo – formerly ABS-CBN’s DZMM Teleradyo 630.

Brigada News FM can also be live streamed online.

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Brigada Mass Media Corporation


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Brigada News Philippines is owned by Brigada Mass Media Corporation of Elmer V. Catulpos and his wife Yelcy The corporation is part of the Brigada Group of Companies of the Catulpos family.

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Froebel Kan M. Balleque

Froebel Kan M. Balleque is a Member of the Board and stockholder of Brigada Mass Media Corporation, incumbent City Councilor and member of Sangguniang Panlungsod of General Santos City and affiliated with the Achievement with Integrity Movement (AIM) party, the political party that also supported Elmer V. Catulpos’ mayoralty candidacy in 2022.

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Elmer V. Catulpos

started his professional life as an insurance agent, multi-level marketer, treasure hunter, and contractual radio news reporter. In 2005, he founded the Brigada News Philippines daily with a P1,000 borrowed capital. His business expanded to Brigada Mass Media Corporation operating local TV and national radio stations. He then ventured into other industries such as pharmaceuticals, leisure, construction, and security, which made up the Brigada Group of Companies.
He and his wife, Yelcy, are the majority owners of Manila-based Baycomms Broadcasting Corporation, which operates the franchise of Brigada’s FM radio stations, and Media Serbisyo Production Corporation’s DWPM Teleradyo Serbisyo 630 – formerly ABS-CBN’s flagship AM station.

In 2022, Elmer V. Catulpos ran for the General Santos City mayoralty under the Achievement with Integrity Movement (AIM) party, founded by the Antoninos. He lost to Lorelie Pacquiao, sister-in-law of boxing champ, Manny.

Catulpos was also the president of General Santos City Chamber of Commerce and Industry in 2018.

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Elmer V. Catulpos

is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Brigada Group of Companies, and President and Chairman of the Board of the Brigada Mass Media Company and Baycomms Broadcasting Corporation.

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Jacinta Bldg. -2, Guadalupe Nuevo,

1840, EDSA,

Makati City Metro Manila, Philippines





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Audience share is based on Nielsen’s Mega Manila Radio Audience Measurement from April to June 2023.


Media Landscape Report for Quarter 2, 2023, available upon purchase from Nielsen Company (US), LLC

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