ABS-CBN News Chief to solons: ‘Inaamin po naming nagkakamali rin kami’

ABS-CBN News Chief to solons: ‘Inaamin po naming nagkakamali rin kami’

In one of the Congressional hearing regarding the granting of a new legislative franchise to the Lopez controlled ABS-CBN, its President and CEO Carlo Katigbak offered an apology to President Rodrigo Roa Duterte for the non-airing of his political ads during the last Presidential elections.

This time its ABS-CBN news chief Regina Reyes turn to tell to the lawmakers that ABS-CBN’s Integrated News and Current Affairs Division is not a perfect news organization that also “commits mistakes.”

This statement was elicited because the Kapamilya network has been always tagged as being biased to those government officials which are not allied with.

(Screen-grab from 12th hearing on the ABS-CBN Corp. franchise at the House of Representatives)

“Pero tulad ng ibang bahagi ng aming kumpanya, hindi po kami perpekto. Wala pong news organization na perpekto. Sa kabila ng mga pag-iingat at pagbabantay ay inaamin po naming nagkakamali rin po kami,” she said.

“Gayunpaman, agad din po kaming umaaksyon para itama ang mali. And we have mechanisms for handling mistakes committed in the performance of our duty,” Reyes said during the 12th day of the ABS-CBN’s franchise application hearing.  

As of press time the House of Representatives committee on legislative franchises and good government is still deliberating whether or not to grant a fresh 25 year legislative franchise to the Kapamilya network.

“Since our return to air in 1986, we have endeavored to perform our duty as a news organization. As professional journalists, we strive to keep biases in check and to report on newsworthy events, persons and issues in an accurate, fair & balanced manner,” Reyes said.
“We know that as we hold power to account, we ourselves are accountable to the public we serve,” she said.
“We uphold this accountability and responsibility as vigorously as we uphold press freedom, freedom of expression, and free speech,” Reyes said.

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