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ABS-CBN to probe if Drilon breached coverage protocols

By Elizabeth Sanchez-Lacson
Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 18:36:00 06/26/2008

Filed Under: Ces Drilon kidnapping, Media

MANILA, Philippines -- Television network ABS-CBN Broadcasting Corp. will investigate the conduct of kidnapped journalist Ces Drilon to determine whether she breached protocols on news coverage that led to her kidnapping last June 8.

"There is a process of investigation and I don?t want to preempt that process. At the end of that, we have to find out if the proper process was followed by Ces," network chair and chief executive Eugenio "Gabby" Lopez III said at the sidelines of the ABS-CBN stockholders? meeting Thursday.

Lopez added that "in the event" Drilon is found to have violated proper procedure in her news coverage, "there will be sanctions meted out to her."

"I don?t know what will happen. Maybe she will be spanked," Lopez said in jest.

Drilon, her two cameramen Jimmy Encarnacion and Angelo Valderama, and Mindanao State University professor Octavio Dinampo were abducted in Maimbung, Sulu, on June 8 while their way to interview a top commander of the Abu Sayyaf.

Lopez also said a video taken by Valderama of the group?s kidnappers will eventually be broadcast on ABS-CBN?s news programs.

"Eventually it will come out in the news. Maganda nakuha ni Angelo [Angelo got good footage]. They were able to identify 14 of their abductors," Lopez said.

Lopez also added that Drilon will not be spared the rod so as not to set a precedent for other journalists who might disregard protocols.

"She endangered the lives of other people. It would send the wrong signal to news if you can endanger the lives of other people simply because the news you got will be used. We don't want people to make judgments like that," Lopez said when asked how ABS-CBN could punish a journalist who gathered news for the company.

Lopez also merely said it was the company?s policy "not to give any money" as ransom to kidnappers when asked if ABS-CBN had paid P15 million as alleged by some quarters.

"Our policy is not to give any money kasi kawawa naman mga tao sa Mindanao [because people in Mindanao will be on the losing end] and our employees there," he said.

Drilon, Encarnacion and Dinampo were freed last June 17, nine days after they were abducted in Sulu province.

Valderama was released on June 12 after a ransom was reportedly paid for his "board and lodging."



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