Noli De Castro has the full support of ABS-CBN with regards to the controversial speech made by President Benigno Aquino III during the 25th anniversary celebration of the network’s flagship news program TV Patrol.
According to the statement released by ABS-CBN News Chief Ging Reyes, their journalists and anchors, including De Castro, “report the news as they see it.” Reyes further said that their credibility and journalistic principles rest on the editorial independence they give their journalists.
Our journalists and anchors, including Noli de Castro, report the news as they see it. They enjoy editorial independence in their coverage, and in the way they tell stories. The credibility of our news organization rests on this, as well as other basic journalistic principles.
In instances in which our fairness or balance is questioned, we have internal mechanisms that address such complaints from viewers.
During the news program’s anniversary celebration on July 27 at the Fiesta Pavilion of Manila Hotel, the Philippine president bashed De Castro for a comment made sometime last October.
Aquino recalled how one anchor bashed NAIA Terminal 1 after a field correspondent reported a good news about Terminal 3. Although he didn’t name drop, the clues given in his speech all pointed to the senior news anchor.
Aquino said in his speech:
"Noong Oktubre ng nakaraang taon, may isang reporter kayo ang nagbabalita sa NAIA 3. Ang sabi niya, sa puntong iyon, tumaas ng dalawampung porsiyento ang passenger arrivals sa paliparan. Magandang balita, at higit sa lahat, fact po iyan. Sa kabila nito, nakuha pa pong humirit ng isang anchor n’yo at ang sabi po niya, and I quote, 'Nasa NAIA 3 ka kasi; kung nasa NAIA 1 ka, doon malala.' Sa loob-loob ko po, anong kinalaman ng ibinabalita sa NAIA 3 sa NAIA 1? May nagsabi po bang ayos na ayos na ang NAIA 1? Kung mayroon man ho, hindi kami. Nakaligtaan niya atang mahigit 30 anyos na ang istrukturang ito,"
It didn’t leave anyone wild guessing for long because the president gave clues to the identity of the anchor he was referring to. According to him, that same anchor was given a six-year chance to help renovate that same building he was complaining about.
"Napapaisip nga po ako: 'yung nagkomento nito, hindi ba't anim na taon ding tumangan sa renda ng gobyerno? Sabihin na po nating minana lang din nila ang problema; 'di hamak mas luma naman ang ipinamana nilang problema sa amin. Anim na taon ang ipinagkaloob sa kanya para tumulong sa pagsasaayos ng mismong inirereklamo niya. Pero ngayon, tayo na nga ang may bitbit na problema, tayo na nga ang tutugon dito, pero, masakit nga ho, may gana pa tayong hiritan ng nagpamana?"
Noli De Castro, meanwhile, has not yet commented on the matter.