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ABS-CBN reporter Mike Navallo gets the nod from Ces Drilon, Karen Davila, Bernadette Sembrano, fellow journalists, and lawyers

The union added that Marcoleta owes Navallo, Lopez, and ABS-CBN a public apology for his irresponsible accusations.

Mike Navallo, a broadcast journalist of ABS-CBN, gained the support of his colleagues after being attacked by House Deputy Speaker Rodante Marcoleta during the continuation of the House of Representatives hearing on ABS-CBN’s franchise renewal.

News anchor Karen Davila defended Navallo as she tagged public officials as shameful for stooping to such low levels.

Ces Oreña-Drilon also reiterated the stand of Navallo on not organizing a press conference with Marcoleta since it would be unethical for the latter to continue even if not allowed.

His fellow journalists Felipe Salvosa and Inday Varona stated how Marcoleta cannot oblige Navallo to withhold publication just because he wants to delay comment. And that public records are source documents, thus basing reports on such resources is what good reporters do.

While others such as Bernadette Sembrano, Isay Reyes, Bianca Dava, and the rest of his colleagues expressed their admiration for Navallo’s confidence in standing his ground and citing facts.

On June 8, the House of Representatives ended the fourth hearing of ABS-CBN’s franchise renewal still unresolved.

The discussion still focused on doubting the citizenship of ABS-CBN chairman emeritus Eugenio “Gabby” Lopez III.

Also, Deputy Speaker Marcoleta took the time to complain against ABS-CBN reporter Mike Navallo for reporting a claim without confirming his side.

As he stated that ABS-CBN reporters should be “giving to others, fair, respectful and humble.”

He further explained that Navallo released his report earlier than the scheduled interview.

But according to Navallo, he received a reply from Marcoleta on the day of the report’s release, and the latter suggested Navallo organize a press conference instead. However, Navallo in reply clarified that they are not allowed to organize press conferences with politicians or government officials since it would not be ethical.

Marcoleta took issue with Navallo’s report that he authored bills granting franchises to companies operating for more than 50 years, something which the congressman insisted was illegal in ABS-CBN’s franchise renewal. Marcoleta also previously filed a bill to allow dual citizens to run for public office.

Meanwhile, The National Union of Journalists of the Philippine (NUJP) denounced Marcoleta for his wrongful accusation of Navallo.

NUJP added that Marcoleta is using the legislative hearing to attack Navallo since it has nothing to do with the matter at hand. And if the latter did any wrong the former should directly call the attention of the station and not use the hearing as a venue for his personal vendetta.

The union added that Marcoleta owes Navallo, Lopez, and ABS-CBN a public apology for his irresponsible accusations.



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