Marcoleta calls ABS-CBN reporter ‘un-Filipino’ for basing story on public records

ABS CBN Reporter Mike Navallo and AGIP party-list Rep. Rodante Marcoleta | Photo file from Politiko

SAGIP party-list Rep. Rodante Marcoleta called ABS-CBN reporter Mike Navallo “un-Filipino” for a story that was released before the lawmaker was given a chance to air his side of the story.

“He reported it on ‘TV Patrol’. All that he wanted to clarifyhe did not give me time [to answer],” said Marcoleta

“Allegiance po ay importante ma-instill natin sa ABSCBN, ang kaugaliang Pilipino. Yung ginawa po ung reporter na ‘yun na banatan po ako sa kabila ng pagsang-ayon na yan kami ay magzuzoom kinabukasan, hindi po ugaling Pilipino yun,” he said.

The House of Representatives’ Committees on Legislative Franchise and Good government and Public Accountability held a hearing on ABS-CBN franchise bills on Monday.

In a lengthy statement, Marcoleta slammed Navallo, who reported last week that the lawmaker previously filed a bill to allow dual citizens to run for public office and to grant franchise to companies that have had franchises for more than 50 years.

Marcoleta said Navallo asked for his side on the story, and both parties agreed to conduct a Zoom interview the following morning, provided that the interview should include other networks.

In a report by Politiko, Navallo shared screenshots of his conversation with Marcoleta to prove that he gave the lawmaker a chance to air his side for a story.

Marcoleta indeed proposed a Zoom press conference be held with Navallo as host and with reporters from other media companies present.

However, later on, Navallo sent a Viber message to Marcoleta saying he cannot organize the Zoom press conference.

“Good morning, Congressman! After discussing with my bosses, I was advised that we’re not allowed to organize press conferences for politicians or gov’t officials. May I coordinate with your staff instead? It will be best if they send out the invitations to the media for your presscon,” the reporter said.






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