COA: DZMM reporter got P1M paid coverage from children’s council
A DZMM reporter allegedly received over P1 million for a paid coverage from the Council for the Welfare of Children (CWC), the Commission on Audit (COA) reported on Friday.
In its 2017 audit report, COA accused the CWC of giving cash advances amounting to P1,050,000 to an unnamed reporter of the radio station to cover activities of the council’s National Children Month.
No contract was given and the service procurement did not go through public bidding as the law requires, the COA said in its report.
Among the services allegedly provided include arranging radio and television guestings of CWC’s executives, distributing promotional materials, and inviting other media to the council’s activities.
DZMM on Saturday said it would investigate the issue.
“DZMM Radyo Patrol 630 takes allegations of unethical practices by any member of our news organization seriously,” it said in a statement.
“We expect our journalists to adhere to the highest standards of ethical and professional conduct at all times,” it added.
DZMM is the radio arm of the ABS-CBN Broadcasting Corporation.
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