MANILA, Philippines?Why can?t you say Vice President Jejomar Binay?
The Office of the Vice President has complained to the Kapisanan ng mga Brodkaster ng Pilipinas about ABS-CBN news reader Korina Sanchez?s alleged omission of the vice president?s name whenever she reads news items about him.
"It?s either ?by the vice president? of ?the vice president,? but never ?Vice President Jejomar Binay or Vice President Binay," said Joselito Salgado, Binay's spokesman and media officer
Salgado, who alleged that the omission happened ?in several occasions during telecasts of TV Patrol?, sought clarification from KBP president Ruperto Nicdao of ABS-CBN news' editorial policy in a complaint dated March 2.
Salgado told the Inquirer they decided to elevate the matter to the KBP and "we're hoping that KBP will act accordingly with the highest standards of professionalism in mind."
He furnished the KBP a copy of his letter to Ging Reyes and Cheryl Favila, ABS-CBN news head and supervising producer, respectively.
"We wish to be clarified if it is the editorial policy of the ABS-CBN news desk to omit the name of Vice President Jejomar Binay in the lead or in the anchor's spiels on stories about him," Salgado wrote the network.
"It has come to our attention that on at least three occasions (November 11, 2010: "VP Binay umaming walang ebidensya vs. De Castro at Ortille"; February 17, 2011: "Pamilya gustong makapiling si Sally sa huling sandali"; and February 24, 2011: "Marcos sa Libingan ng mga Bayani"), your news reader Korina Sanchez did not mention the name of Vice President Binay in her spiels."
"While we do not want to intervene in any way in your editorial policies, we would like to be enlightened if such a policy of omission exists, and if it does, why it apparently applies only to the Vice President."
Salgado added: "If there is no such policy on Vice President Binay, and if his name was not included in the spiels, we feel that your attention needs to be called to the unprofessional conduct of Ms. Sanchez, whose husband, as we all know, is former Sen. Mar Roxas who lost to the Vice President in the last election."
There was no immediate comment from Sanchez, Reyes and Favila, but ABS-CBN spokesman Bong Osorio issued a statement saying: "There is no policy of omission in our news organization. The complaint raised by Mr. Joey Salgado has been referred to the network ombudsman."
Asked how Binay felt about the whole thing, Salgado said his boss "would rather focus on his work."
Binay is still in the United Arab Emirates, where he is on an official visit. Earlier, he visited Kuwait where he met with that country's top officials on problems facing Filipino migrant workers.
He is scheduled to return to Manila this Saturday.