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 🙂 🙂 :)”
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 🙂 🙂 🙂 pic.twitter.com/vxMpUIGNro
— Joseph Morong 🇵🇭 (@Joseph_Morong) May 3, 2021
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.
Wru going kuya @Joseph_Morong? Changing beat? Or beyond that? 🤔
— Jules Guiang (@julesguiang) May 3, 2021
Why ? Will you be assign for other segment ? You are the BEST among Malacañang Press Corps
— Bryan Howard Laforga Suazo (@favoredchild007) May 4, 2021
Sir, may we know the reason po kung bakit?? ☹️
— Comorbids (@justinceq) May 3, 2021
— Christopher C. Apsay (@poyapsay) May 4, 2021
One netizen @dumidyeyepee meanwhile related Morong’s transfer to his recent fact-checking report aired over Kapuso late-night newscast Saksi.
he did the factchecking report, they removed the report a day after without any explanation and he is transferred to other beat and no longer covering the palace. something is not right here
— JP 🤓 (@dumidyeypee) May 5, 2021
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.
@Joseph_Morong any idea why your fact checking report in saksi was removed from Saksi’s fb page?
— i am who i am (@zippydidoodah) April 19, 2021
Igan, kapapasok na balita.
Pinutol ng GMA News ang fact-check part ng Saksi report.
Nasa sunod na Tweet ang trimmed YouTube version.
Bakit pinutol? Hmmm… 🤔
Live mula sa Seattle, ako si Marvin Tomandao, ang inyong…
— Marvin Tomandao (@marvintomandao) April 17, 2021
— wartortoise (@paoloumpa) April 18, 2021
But one netizen was able to capture the report and tweeted it in parts.
THREAD: DELETED FACT CHECK REPORT
(1) Ito ang kumpletong kopya ng ulat ni @joseph_morong sa Saksi kung saan kasama ang fact check na hindi nga ngayon makikita sa Facebook at YouTube page ng @gmanews. Narito ang unang bahagi ng ulat.@kikorustia @bashgita pic.twitter.com/FJRkECiXUn
— Sorn Kamolpaisarn (@skamolpaisarn) April 18, 2021