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Thu 19 April 2018

Nothing racist with Clavio and Santos comments on Azkals – GMA Network Inc.

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Responding to the Philippine Football Federation’s (PFF) complaint, GMA Network Inc. defended on Friday hosts Arnold Clavio and Rhea Santos whose remarks on morning show Unang Hirit were considered offensive to the Philippine National Football Team and its female fans.

“(A)ng GMA Network po, walang nakitang racist, walang discriminatory, walang libelous at walang malicious sa mga komentaryo nina Arnold at Rhea,” said the network through a statement aired on 24 Oras.

The television giant also clarified that the commentary under fire was not part of the show’s news reporting, but an unscripted banter between the segment’s hosts.

“Sang-ayon man kami o hindi sa kanilang opinyon, ang karapatan nilang ihayag ito ay kinikilala ng GMA Network tulad ng aming pagrespeto sa karapatan ng publiko at maging ng PFF na maghayag ng kanilang opinyon—basta ang nasabing opinyon ay hindi labag sa batas,” the statement added

Negative comments by supporters and personalities related to Azkals flooded social media right after the network made their statement public. Some have even called for boycotts, while other netizens insist that calmer heads prevail.

 

 

 

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