A video clip from GMA Network’s Eleksyon 2022 outro went viral online as Mel Tiangco seemed to cut off the tagline.
The anchors, Jessica Soho, Mel, and Mike Enriquez, delivered the usual GMA News’ tagline for their outro during the Eleksyon 2022.
“At iyan po ang special coverage ng GMA News and Public Affairs, maraming-maraming salamat po sa pagsama niyo sa aming pagbabantay mula paghahanda sa eleksyon hanggang botohan at unang bilangan,” Soho started.
“Tuloy ang ating pagtutok sa mga update sa mga GMA newscast, sa… at ganun din sa radyo, online, at sa social media,” Tiangco added.
Enriquez then recognized the voters for practicing their right to suffrage, “Isang pagbati po sa lahat ng mga naglaan ng kanilang tinig sa pamamagitan ng pagboto, at isang pagkilala sa anuman ang nararamdaman niyo sa mga sandaling ito.”
“Pagpupugay rin sa lahat ng mga guro sa kanilang dedikasyon at pasensiya,” said Tiangco, giving credits to the teachers who served the election.
Jessica then added, “Lalo na ho yung mga matiyagang naghintay para lamang makaboto. Mabuhay po kayong lahat.”
Mike also shared, “Mga teacher kasama roon ano, hindi natulog!”
Jessica then expressed appreciation to the staff of their news program, “Yes, lahat po ng mga tumulong para sa Eleksyon 2022, kasama na yung mga kasama dito sa GMA News and Public Affairs.”
She then started the outro: “Patuloy po ninyong maaasahan ang GMA News and Pubblic Affairs sa paghahatid ng serbisyong totoo na walang kinikilingan.”
Then Tiangco followed: “…at walang pinoprotektahan.”
Mike tried to add the tagline, but Tiangco introduced herself, “Ako po si Mel Tiangco.”
The outro was cut off compared to their usual line: “Walang kinikilingan, walang pinoprotektahan, walang kasinungalingan, serbisyong totoo lamang.”
Netizens noticed this, and Tiangco received admiration, as they believed that Tiangco did it with a purpose.
GMA's tagline since then is "walang kinikilingan, walang pinoprotektahan, walang kasinungalingan, serbisyong totoo lamang"
but then again, MEL TIANGCO CUT AND END THE TAGLINE "walang kinikilingan at walang pinoprotektahan"
thanks for standing firm, Ms. Mel. pic.twitter.com/QebDcWB6Qi
— ًe (@sooyaaxlauv) May 10, 2022
it’s the way mel tiangco halts their tagline from that certain part and proceeded to introduce her name instead. it’s very visible that she’s raging. this really illustrates how women stands for women (not all) presently. https://t.co/HMpNNJh5Ek
— c (@jwoosxoxo) May 10, 2022
Ang ganda-ganda nito. Sana may magpost din ng extended version nito kasi bumanat din si Mike Enriquez ng "Sa mga mananalo, babantayan namin kayo!" https://t.co/dIZe3M5qpz
— ✊ (@_alimango) May 10, 2022
Ma'am Mel Tiangco did not cut sir Mike. It was a group decision. It wasn't just Mel.
Sir Mike said "At mga—" and not "Walang—"
Which means they all decided to not include "Walang kasinungalingan…" bc they are aware and wanted to 'indirectly' let the people know that. https://t.co/HrNv0QyLOq
— jha✨ || (@ludic_jha) May 10, 2022
you don't understand how scary this is for a journalist like her to take a stand as subtle as this. People– journalist specially, were silenced the most during the marcos regime and now na may possibility ulit na mangyari yun? this is a big deal. https://t.co/TsOVr5vTCq
— dea (@andieIqz) May 10, 2022
i can imagine how they are torn between exercising their civic rights and carrying out their public duties as journalists. i have a great deal of admiration for this woman and the way she cut and end the tagline with a fire in her eyes grabe po saludo ako sa’yo ms. mel tiangco. https://t.co/dJA3yDu9GB
— nana 🍂 (@318sprjng) May 10, 2022
However, GMA Network’s communication department clarified the mix-up through PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) and said that removing the phrase from their outro was not intentional and it was not the fault of Tiangco.
GMA Network stated: “What happened was a production glitch, which happens to most live shows. It’s not Ms. Mel Tiangco’s fault. GMA remains committed to our mantra walang kinikilingan, walang pinoprotektahan, walang kasinungalingan.”
During the election coverage, Tiangco and other journalists also received commendations for low-key expressing their rage and disappointment on the failure of COMELEC to deliver a smooth and convenient election.
I'm personally thanking and praising Ms. Jessica Soho, Ms. Vicky Morales, Ms. Mel Tiangco, Ms. Karen Davila, and Ms. Pia Hontiveros for expressing what each and every Filipino is feeling rn
thank you for questioning those unreasonable happenings and for standing firm. kudos! pic.twitter.com/ROUTPcZYtF
— ًe (@sooyaaxlauv) May 10, 2022
— Lucy Cottonmouth (@lucycottonmouth) May 9, 2022