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.
Edwin P. Sallan of Interaksyon.com, 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!)”.