A radio station suspended its reporter who broadcast the “wrong” news concerning supporters of Vice President Maria Leonor “Leni” Robredo who allegedly claimed that they were not paid by organizers of an event that they participated in over the weekend.
In a statement in Filipino, Cesar Chavez, MBC vice president and station manager of DZRH Radio Nationwide & DZRH News Television, also apologized to Robredo and said that based on the station’s investigation, its reporter has not provided any “direct quote” from Robredo’s supporters in Northern Samar who joined a caravan on Saturday and accused its organizers of allegedly pocketing the funds that were supposed to have been given to them for their participation.
Chavez said this means that as of this time, “there is no proof that the participants were paid or that money exchanged hands during the event”.
It is because of this, Chavez said that the station suspended the reporter, whom he did not name, pending results of the ongoing investigation.
The Leni for President Movement- Northern Samar had said in a statement that there was no funding for the activity. “The caravan was purely voluntary,” it said.
Spokesman Barry Gutierrez of the Office of the Vice President thanked Chavez on Twitter “for the investigation and apology”.