GMA-7 will pursue libel case despite fingerpointing between AGB and ABS-CBN

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Despite the denial of ABS-CBN that AGB Nielsen got GMA-7 into the cheating issue, GMA-7 will still file libel charges against the Kapamilya Network.


The Kapuso network will continue its plan to file alawsuit against the Kapamilya network in connection with the alleged claim of DZMMreporter Junrie Hidalgo that GMA-7 was behind the “cheating scam” ofAGB Nielsen’s ratings in Bacolod.

DZMM and ABS-CBN later claimed that the information about GMA-7’sinvolvement came from Maya Reforma, general manager of AGB Nielsen MediaResearch Philippines. AGB’s lawyer Atty. Rivera, however, denied the DZMM report, saying thattheir investigation was still underway and that there was insufficient evidence toprove actual cheating in Bacolod.

ABS-CBN stood bytheir earlier statement that AGB got GMA-7 involved in the issue.

Nonetheless, GMA-7 asserted that the damaging accusations came from ABS-CBN and not fromAGB.

GMA-7’s Atty. Dick Perez, Vice President for Legal says:

“Dini-distort ng ABS ang sinasabi ng AGB. Walang sinasabiang AGB na ang GMA ang nasa likod ng dayaan umano sa ratings. Kung pakikingganmo ang buong interview ni Maya [Reforma], ang ibigsabihin niya ay nakatanggap sila ng alegasyon laban sa GMA-7 at sa kanilangimbestigasyon. Wala silang nakitang epekto sa data nila ukol sa ratings.”

ABS-CBNhas warned AGB that they will file a case of contempt against them. This is inregard to AGB’s continued release of ratings data despite a Temporary Restraining Order issued against the media research group. AGB refuses to comment on this matter for now, but Atty.Rivera argued that the TRO only covered Bacolod City and not the whole country.


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