UNTV-BMPI Chairman and CEO Daniel Razon earlier (7/14/2014) called on viewers of his morning magazine program, Good Morning Kuya, to boycott the biased move by Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila (formerly Westin Philippine Plaza).
The hotel intentionally removed in its hotel TV programming UNTV, the only Philippine channel with focus on charities and public service.
As soon as the call was made by Razon, netizens took to Twitter to vent their sentiments to @sofitelmanila, instantly pulling the hashtag #NoToSofitel up the Philippines Trends ladder.
The incessant tweets from netizens, expressing their disappointments, frustrations and outcries were magnified instantly as #NoToSofitel peaked at No. 6 trending topic under Philippines before 12 noon. As of 1:30 PM, Philippine time, the hashtag is up at No. 3.
UPDATE: Since Monday morning (7/14/2014), the hashtag #NoToSofitel and #BoycottSofitelPH has sustained its place under Philippines Trends. Since Tuesday noon, more than 100,000 tweets were registered by the #NoToSofitel hashtag.
Observers note such move is against the station’s freedom of expression rights, an absurdity in a democratic nation like the Philippines. Netizens, however, viewed the action as an utter shaming of UNTV in spite of its kid-friendly shows, public service projects for the poor, marginalized and the neglected in the society.
Another Scandal for Sofitel
Sofitel figured in another scandal when the Philippine Daily Inquirer reported about its denial to a senior citizen the government mandated 20% discount for the elderly.
UNTV, Netizen Sentiments
At the UNTV Fan Page, the station posted its reason for the boycott campaign.
Here are some tweets culled from Twitter:
— Stacey Tee (@basicallystacey) July 14, 2014
— Teacher Jeck (@teacherjeck) July 14, 2014
— Rigor (@rigorcruz) July 14, 2014
— Ez-ar Malvaroza (@ezar_malvaroza) July 14, 2014
Among the supporters of UNTV, the Ang Dating Daan group is the biggest with a strong followings in the Philippines and across different countries abroad.
UNTV is Focused on Public Service
UNTV is a child-friendly station, garnering multiple Anak TV Seal awards for years. It is also home for different public service projects, including the daily medical, dental, and legal services, free legal consultation, free bus rides, free transient housing, and more.
UNTV conducts a monthly People’s Day event, a medical mission for poor urban and rural barangays and barrios.