Media Responsibility Group Jeers at Arnold Clavio’s Behavior as ‘Unethical and Unprofessional’

The Philippine Center for Mass Freedom and Responsibility has jeered Arnold Clavio’s behavior and uncouth treatment of Janet Napoles’ legal counsel during the morning show Unang Hirit last November 5.

CMFR asked: “Was this behavior merely rude or was it also unethical?” 

Here is the group’s full statement:

An interview is in the first place meant to solicit information and opinion from the interviewee, not an occasion for the interviewer to insist on his own views, much less berate the interviewee, who, in this instance, was moved by the ethics of the legal profession not to comment on a case other lawyers are presumably involved in.

An interview is also a privilege granted by the interviewee and not the other way around, and is held at the sufferance of the interviewer. The interviewee must be treated with appropriate respect both for this reason and as a matter of elementary courtesy. By these standards Clavio was both unethical and unprofessional.

This was not the first time that Arnold Clavio received a jeer from CMFR.

According to the group’s March 2012 statement, the GMA Network broadcast journalist found himself in hot water for his “racist, discriminatory, libelous and malicious” remarks on the Philippine national men’s football team, popularly known as “Azkals,” during same morning program.

The Philippine Football Federation also demanded an apology for Clavio’s outburst, which PFF described as “racist, discriminatory, libelous and malicious” statements uttered during the same morning show Unang Hirit.

In this case, Clavio issued a statement praying for understanding, but not categorically an apology.

In 2009, Ang Dating Daan Group Presiding Minister Bro. Eliseo Soriano decries harassment after Clavio’s Case Unclosed program for biased and uncalled-for airing of a case against the preacher filed by one he had ex-communicated in 2005. This also led the group to formally issue a sustained boycott against GMA Network.

Here’s an excerpt from a Less Travelled Road blog:

GMA7, through Case Unclosed anchored by Arnold Clavio, on the night of June 18, 2009, tackled the double rape case filed against Bro. Eliseo Soriano by Daniel Veridiano alias Puto. The preacher had excommunicated the complainant from MCGI way back in 2005 for raping some 14 of his subordinates, and misappropriating church funds for personal use. Failing to be forgiven and received back into the folds of MCGI, Veridiano joined the Iglesia ni Cristo, where Soriano is its most severe critic.

No apology has been issued by the station until today.

Clamor for GMA-7, MTRCB Actions Snowballing

There is a growing clamor for Kapuso Arnold Clavio’s mother station, GMA-7 to take immediate disciplinary action for what netizens are calling rude and arrogant attitude of Clavio during his Unang Hirit interview with Napoles’ lawyer Atty. Alfredo Villamor.

As of late GMA-7 has not issued any statement.

For its part, MTRCB Chairman Toto Villareal is reportedly reviewing the taped on air of the episode and already invited Unang Hirit for a conference on November 11, 2013.

Michael Joe Delizo of the Manila Bulletin has the following tweets of the MTRCB statement.

Other roundups

Edwin P. Sallan of, recently wrote about Clavio’s suddently landing in the news not for the right reasons.

Sallan recalled how Clavio has turned somewhat of a hero for criticizing comedian Vice Ganda for making fun of Jessica Soho, a fellow GMA Network broadcaster.

This time, Clavio’s outrage over the gay comedian’s vulgar jokes subjecting Soho to a gang rape scenario was favorably received by the public and Vice Ganda was left with no choice but to make an emotional public apology on his noontime show “It’s Showtime”.

How times easily change. From being a hero, it seems like Clavio is back to zero with his latest outburst involving a phone patch interview with Atty. Alfredo Villamor. After Atty. Lorna Kapunan’s withdrawal from the case last week, Villamor is now the lone counsel of the controversial “pork barrel queen”Janet Lim Napoles for the serious illegal detention case filed against her by PDAF scandal whistle-blower Benhur Luy.

For his part this time, Vice Ganda has found a way to slam his detractor Arnold Clavio. During a November 6 episode of Showtime, the comedian has spoofed Clavio.

What’s next in this chapter? We never know for sure.

What people are waiting for is true, sincere action from Clavio and GMA Network. If the mother station will just continue to keep its mouth shut, it’s only just like Clavio: arrogant.

If that will be the case, the Kapuso Network will only hear netizens play the line of Clavio to them: “Okay, salamat po, wala po akong nakuha sa inyo (Okay, thank you, we did not get anything from you)”.

Or, Arnold Clavio’s very arrogant statement with Napoles’ lawyer: “Pangsira ka ng araw, eh (You’ve ruined my day!)”.


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14 thoughts on “Media Responsibility Group Jeers at Arnold Clavio’s Behavior as ‘Unethical and Unprofessional’”

  1. If I am Atty. Villmor I will sue him (Arnold Flavio) in the court for being rude & malpractice of media ethics on a live interview on a national television & showing disrespect to the authority until he lost his credibility (if any). That Arnold Clavio must learn media ethics in a hard way. Di dapat na pamarisan.

  2. Ano pa aasahan mo dyan kay Arnold clavio,mayabang na,wala pang modo at bastos.parang walang pinag aralan sa mga actuations nya kay Atty. kung c atty ginanyan nya eh,cno pa kya tyo na simpleng mamamayan lang.mtrcb should take necessary actions bout this..

  3. Patungkol kay arnold clavio…
    Kung ano ang kanyang itsura ay yon ang kanyang pag uugali….mayabang yan. di yan dapat pamarisan at di siya karapat dapat sa broadcast media.

  4. He should be punish for what he did…napanood namin ito dito sa abroad. Hindi tama mga sinabi nya..maswerte pa nga sya, totoong may pinag aralan ang kinausap nya…naging humble yun tao. Kinausap ka ng maayus dapat tratuhin mo din sya ng maayus….in the first place di masisira ang araw mo mr. Puppet kung dimo tinawagan yun atty. Tapos ikaw may gana mambastos…mayabang ka masyado kala mo kung sino ka na…panira ka ng araw mr. Clavio

  5. Very rude and arrogant Arnold Clavio. Please take time to review the media ethics. You should be thankful na pinaunlakan ni Atty. Villamor ang invitation nyo to interview him. Kayo na nga ang nang-abala sa tao kaw pa mambabastos. Ikaw nga ang malabo ang questions. Panira ka ng araw!

  6. Ang tindi ng ubod ng yabang ng Puppet na ito, Is there any action and something to do with GMA 7 management who were brandishing their slogan “TAHANAN NG KATOTOHANAN, WALANG KINIKILINGAN, WALANG PINOPROTEKTAHAN, WALANG KASINUNGALINGAN KUNDI SERBESYONG TOTOO PO LAMANG” Ipakita ninyo taga GMA7 proved it and give justice to all men and most especially to the involved ones.

  7. Arnold Clavio? Who do you think you are? May pinag aralan ka nga pero wala kang modo! di ka na nahiya sa madla marami pa namang nakakapanood sa mga ginagawa mo..d ka dapat dyan sa pwesto mo.di ka dapat broadcaster eh..napaka biased mo,mag resign ka na bago ka pa malugmok sa kahihiyan mo sa pangit ng ugali mo.

  8. sobra na kasi sa kayabangan kaya totoo talaga ang nasusulat…
    Kawikaan 11:2 Pagka dumarating ang kapalaluan ay dumarating nga ang kahihiyan: nguni’t nasa mababa ang karunungan.
    Kawikaan 16:18 Ang kapalaluan ay nagpapauna sa kapahamakan, at ang mapagmataas na diwa ay sa pagkabuwal.

  9. CALLING THE FULL ATTENTION OF THE MTRCB!!! Put some ACTION on that matter! Mr. puppet should no longer be a BROADCASTER!!!!!!!!!!!

  10. The best way para di na lumobo na tila may hydrocyphalus ang taong ito ipanawagan sa MADLA na iBoycott na ang lahat ng Programa or rather ang GMA7 wag ng paunlakan ang mga imbitasyon nila pati na mga rograma nila wag nang tangkilikin. kaya nga hindi sumapi ang mga iyan sa KBP kasi para magawa nila ang gusto nila. What a SHAME pwe


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