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GMA News removes Joseph Morong from Palace beat after controversial fact check report

In a tweet Morong confirmed his transfer saying his summary of President Duterte’s Talk to the People on May 3 was his last.

Is GMA News afraid of retaliation from the Malacanang Palace?

This after GMA Network has removed Joseph Morong from the Palace beat and transferred him to another assignment.

In a tweet Morong confirmed his transfer saying his summary of President Duterte’s Talk to the People on May 3 was his last.

“Tadah! Highlights of Pres. Duterte’s address tonight @gmanews (Heads-up: if this is Pres. Duterte’s only “Talk to the People” address this week, this might be the last summary you will get from me. It’s been a privilege to serve you 🙂 🙂 :)”

Morong has been with the Malacanang Press Corps after replacing Mariz Umali.

Several netizens shared their shock over Morong’s announcement. Most of them questioned the timing of his transfer and where would be his next assignment.

One netizen @dumidyeyepee meanwhile related Morong’s transfer to his recent fact-checking report aired over Kapuso late-night newscast Saksi.

On April 17, Morong filed a Saksi report fact-checking Duterte’s claims about the government’s handling of the pandemic. The 8-minute report featured scathing figures which contradict all of Duterte’s pronouncements.

A day after the report made rounds on social media, GMA News decided to take it down from their social media pages and replaced it with a spliced version removing the most damaging parts.

Several netizens including former Kapuso reporter Marvin Tomandao have called out GMA News after noticing that they’ve taken down the original report and was replaced by a shorter version.

But one netizen was able to capture the report and tweeted it in parts.



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