“We are duty-bound to air a legitimate ad.”
This is ABS-CBN’s response to negative feedback against the airing of the anti-Duterte political ad in the Kapamilya network.
ABS-CBN clarified that the political ad in question was reviewed by the TV station’s ethics committee and was approved for airing in compliance with pertinent election rules and regulations.
Published on ABS-CBN News Online last night, May 5, ABS-CBN’s official statement partly reads, “By airing the said commercial, ABS-CBN is being consistent with COMELEC guidelines, which prohibit radio or television stations to discriminate in the sale of air time against any political party or candidate.”
ABS-CBN also reiterated that the controversial anti-Duterte ad was “produced and paid for by Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV.”
The said 30-second political ad featured several minors questioning presidential candidate and Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte’s propensity for cursing, making advances towards random women, and blurting gutter jokes during campaign sorties.
Previous reports mentioned that the controversial anti-Duterte ad was aired on three major TV networks, namely ABS-CBN, GMA Network, and TV5.
But in its official statement, TV5 categorically denied airing the negative advertisement against Duterte due to the said ad’s lack of compliance in unspecified requirements of the Kapatid network.
Published on Interaksyon online news site today, March 6, TV5's official statement reads, “TV5 Network would like to correct speculations that it was among the broadcast stations that aired the negative advertisement against Mayor Rodrigo Duterte.
“The particular political advertisement was not aired by TV5 because there were certain requirements that were not complied with.
“The decision not to air is brought about due to this reason. TV5 does not, in any way, discriminate against or favor any political candidate or party.
Meanwhile, reports from netizens claimed that a different version of the anti-Duterte ad was also aired on GMA Network.
GMA, however, denied reports that it aired the controversial TV ad that attacks the Davao City mayor.
"We did not air the 'Halimbawa' TV ad featuring Mayor Duterte and minors," said Angela Javier, VP of GMA Corporate Affairs and Communications, in a text message sent to PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal).