A loyal Kapamilya subscriber for many years writes an open letter to ABS-CBN criticizing them on how they reported terrible things about former Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte.
The open letter has been recirculated on social media four years after netizen Uriel Emmanuel Soriano originally wrote it to tell the television network giant that he already lost his respect to them.
Soriano accused ABS-CBN of releasing twisted reporters about President Duterte, putting the former candidate in a bad light.
He mentioned how the television network twisted the statements of President Duterte about Pope Francis and his controversial jokes.
Soriano also said that releasing the psychological test results of Duterte showed that they don’t care about confidentiality.
The netizen urged ABS-CBN to deliver their news reports fairly next time.
You can read his whole post below:
“I am a Kapamilya viewer for all my life. I’ve been faithfully watching your shows every night because they are made with such quality that it’s totally entertaining and fun to watch. I also made it a habit to watch TV Patrol because of your accurate and truthful news, especially when our former Vice President and Kabayan Noli de Castro delivers them in his trademark style,”
“But now, my respect for you is totally lost. Wanna know why?”
“Because of your very biased reporting. In your pathetic attempts to tarnish the image of our beloved Mayor Rodrigo Roa Duterte, you went as far as to violate the rule of confidentiality by presenting Duterte’s psychological tests results as public information. Not only that! You even willingly violated the principle of fairness and equality!”
“You are supposed to be the vanguards of responsible, fair, impartial and truthful journalism! But, what happened now? You deliberately twist reports involving our Mayor in your attempts to tarnish his image! Your headlines in your reports about him are such that they show him in a bad light! For example, when he allegedly cursed the Pope, you only showed the part of the video where he said “P****g i*a, umuwi ka na!” which led to many people misinterpreting him as being rude to the Pope, when he was actually cursing about the way the government handled the traffic situation during the arrival and stay of Pope Francis in our country (He was stuck for many hours in traffic that he has to pee in a bottle while inside the car!) and, although the curse was uncalled for, we really cannot blame him for it!”
“You have violated this very principle by totally disregarding the good traits of our Mayor and highlighting his bad traits. You only showed reports which can be used as potential tools for political mudslinging. You failed to understand his motivations behind every deed and every word he says. All because you have become a tool of those ambitious presidential candidates in their pathetic attempts to tarnish the good image of our Mayor.”
“You are supposed to be independent, not affiliated with any political, corporate, or cultural interests. Right? But it’s obvious that you have journalists who are affiliated with presidential candidates, and that constitutes a conflict of interest which affected the way you report on certain individuals (e.g.: showing Roxas and Aquino in a positive light while showing Duterte in a negative light). Why are you protecting them? Because you’re afraid to risk losing their alliance? Or because you are protecting your personal interests?”
“ABS-CBN, please stop all the black propaganda and deliver your news reports fairly and impartially!”
Uriel Emmanuel Soriano
The open letter which created in 2016 has surprisingly gone viral this year amid the talks about the possible closure of ABS-CBN.
As of writing, it already reached 3,000 shares on social media.