Councilor Doray Delarmente writes open letter to GMA reporter Jamie Santos of SAKSI for irresponsible reporting: “Hindi ko ito palalampasin”

A GMA News reporter received criticisms from a councilor from Quezon City because of her alleged irresponsible reporting about the passing of the latter’s relative.

In her Facebook post, Quezon City District 1 councilor Doray Delarmente called out the news program SAKSI and their reporter Jamie Santos who announced the passing of the retired Police Brig. General George Ancheta without informing his family first.

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Delarmente also called the report of Santos inaccurate and it affect her family too much.

“For the record, and based on all the witnesses na kasama sa bahay … HINDI SIYA NAKALABAS NG BAHAY. My uncle, Retired Police Brig General George Ancheta, died inside … and HE DIDN’T HAVE A CHANCE TO GET OUT OF HIS HOUSE.” Delarmente said.

“You reported that my uncle DIED on LIVE TV …. without even confirming if alam na ng pamilya! His wife, who just got out of the house, was standing a few feet from you … and HINDI PA NIYA ALAM NA WALA NA ANG ASAWA NIYA. Sinisigaw niya yung pangalan ng asawa niya sa harap ng bahay. (Hindi mo ba iyon nakita? Sigurado ako nakita mo, kasi lahat ng miron na andoon nakita yun.) Yung 2 niyang anak na nasa abroad, hindi pa alam na patay na tatay nila. Yung kapatid niya, my mom, Former Councilor Tita Beth Delarmente … nalaman lang kasi napanood ka sa news!!

“Is that RESPONSIBLE JOURNALISM? … Wala ba kayong “protocol” sa pagbabalita?
Hindi ba dapat ALAMIN MO MUNA kung alam na ng kaanak ng namatay ang impormasyon, bago mo ito ibalita sa buong mundo???
Ms. Jamie Santos, wala ka bang pamilya???” she added.
The councilor also criticized the ‘insensitivity’ of Santos who quickly interviewed the helper of her uncle.
“Yung kasambahay namin na si Andrew ay nakita 2 hours after the fire dahil na trap sa likod ng bahay. Lumabas na basang basa, may mga sunog sa katawan, sunog ang damit at nagka-smoke inhalation …. TAPOS BIGLA MONG ISASALANG SA LIVE INTERVIEW??? ….. Tuliro. Wala sa sarili. Lutang. Sa tingin mo makakakuha ka ng tamang impormasyon sa kanya?” she wrote.
“HINDI BA PWEDENG IPA MEDIC MO MUNA, IPA CHECK SA AMBULANSYA, LAGYAN NG OXYGEN BAGO MO INTERVIEWHIN? Sana man lang pinag palit mo muna ng tuyong tshirt bago sinalang on air…… Nasaan ang pagmamalasakit niyo? Mas importante ba na maka kuha kayo ng news kaysa sa buhay ng tao? Paano kung biglang mag collapse yun sa harap mo? … Alam mo ba na tinakbo siya sa East Avenue Hospital pagkatapos mo interviewhin?” she added.
She then reminded GMA News and Santos not to repeat the same to other families.

The post already received 12,000 shares as of writing.

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