Arnold Clavio, GMA Network news anchor and one of the hosts of the morning show Unang Hirit, issued his stance on his interview with Janet Napoloes’ legal counsel Atty. Alfredo Villamor last November 5 that drew flak from online and offline readers.
Media groups have also slammed the uncouth behavior of Clavio.
First, check the video below:
Here’s the transcript of the very short statement by Clavio uploaded on Youtube:
“Mga Kapuso, sa mga nakapanood po sa naging interview ko nung Martes, ang tanging intensyon po lamang, na tulad po ninyo, ay makakuha ng impormasyon kay Atty. Alfredo Villamor patungkol po sa pagpunta ni Ms. Janet Lim-Napoles sa Senado.
Sa ngayon, siya lamang ang kilala naming natitirang abogado ni Janet Lim-Napoles kaya siya lamang po ang kinausap namin, na umaasang makakuha ng impormasyon tungkol sa nasabing senate hearing.
Sa sidhi kong malaman ang balita, inamin ko po na lumampas ako sa aking limitasyon at humihingi ako ng unawa kung may nasabi man ako na wala sa lugar.”
(To GMA-7 viewers, to all who were able to watch my interview on Tuesday, my only intension, like you are, is to get information from Atty. Alfredo Villamor about Ms. Janet Lim-Napoles’ visit to Senate.
As of now, he is the only remaining Janet Lim-Napoles lawyer, that is why he’s the one we spoke with, in hopes of getting information regarding the same senate hearing.
In my fervent desire to get updates, I admit that I went beyond my limits and I am asking for understanding if I may have said something that was out of place.)
Is this finally an apology from the broadcaster? Here is a roundup of some reactions from netizens:
Arnold Clavio, you should ask for an apology not for public understanding, UNDERSTANDING?! Eh gago ka pala eh. Ethics oy My ghad.
— RRRRRRRRRRR (@raphaelortuoste) November 7, 2013
— Ryan Macasero (@ryanmacasero) November 7, 2013
Arnold Clavio’s public apology is so insincere and still very arrogant. @gmanews
— Dave Cordero (@gorgeousdave) November 7, 2013
Arnold Clavio in his supposed ‘apology’ appears all the more arrogant and self absorbed. My opinion.
— tope palmares (@topepalmares) November 7, 2013
— Jimson Matuguinas (@_jimzone) November 7, 2013
If the voice of the people will be used to weigh in on the statement of Arnold Clavio in the morning show, Unang Hirit last November 6, he’ll get a failing mark.
This blogger’s take: Read between the lines: “kung may nasabi man ako na wala sa lugar” means Arnold Clavio is not seeking for public apology. It’s not or never an admittance of error committed. Hence, Clavio has not issued an apology. Still, no spanking from his mother network, GMA Network?
To Mr. Clavio and GMA Network, the public deserves your swift action on this.
Filipinos are soft-hearted and can be very forgiving if you are sincere. But never belittle the Filipino people and insult their intelligence, they know and deserve better than your arrogance.
To the advertisers of Unang Hirit and GMA-7, listen to the voice of the people.