GMA News apologizes to Gabriela for report on Deniece Cornejo issue

Gabriela Party-List legal counsel, Atty. Alnie Foja, clarifies previous GMA News report on the supposed stand of the women’s group about the Vhong Navarro-Deniece Cornejo issue.

Atty. Foja says, "In that interview, I NEVER stated nor was I asked about Gabriela’s support for Deniece.”

GMA News apoligized for the misundestanding and revised the story on its website.

Humingi ng paumanhin ang GMA News sa Gabriela Party-List at sa legal counsel nitong si Atty. Alnie Foja dahil sa maling ulat tungkol sa pahayag ng grupo sa isyung kinasasangkutan ni Deniece Cornejo.

Umalma ang women’s group matapos maiulat ng GMA News kamakailan ang diumano’y pagsuporta ng Gabriela kay Deniece, ang nang-aakusa ng rape sa aktor na si Vhong Navarro.

Si Deniece ang isa sa pinangalanan ng aktor na sangkot sa pambubugbog sa kanya noong gabi ng January 22 sa Forbeswood Heights Condominium sa Bonifacio Global City, Taguig.

Sa panayam ni GMA News reporter Sandra Aguinaldo kay Atty. Foja, tinalakay nila ang usapin tungkol sa rape.

Pero paglilinaw Atty. Foja sa isang post niya sa kanyang Facebook account, “In that interview, I NEVER stated nor was I asked about Gabriela’s support for Deniece.”

Inihayag din niya ang kanyang pagkadismaya sa inilabas na ulat ng GMA News.

Ayon kay Atty. Foja, “I express my regrets that Gabriela and Gabriela Women’s Party are dragged into this mess.

“In the past, I have generously entertained questions from GMA7 reporters even through text messages on legal questions that have nothing to do with my work for Gabriela (I just wanted to help) but what has happened with this interview is so disappointing and traumatic for me.”

MISUNDERSTANDING. Samantala, agad namang humingi ng paumanhin ang GMA News dahil sa nasabing ulat.

Ayon sa news organization ng Kapuso network, nagkaroon ng “misunderstanding” sa isang bahagi ng statement ni Atty. Foja.

Narito ang kabubuuang public apology ng GMA News kay Atty. Foja at sa Gabriela Party-List:


“Dear Atty. Foja,

“This is in reference to Gabriela’s complaint and request for a written explanation regarding the story ’Gabriela Women’s Party expresses support for Cornejo’ that was posted on GMA News Online.

“This online story was based on a report that was aired on ’24 Oras’ on Thursday, Jan. 30.

“We reviewed the video that the story was based on. The producer and editor who worked on the story understood the following quote, highlighted in the TV report, as a reference to Deniece Cornejo:

“’Suportado namin yung biktima kasi dadaan naman yan sa proseso eh. Kung magkakaroon ng trial, malalaman naman kung siya’y nagsasabi ng totoo.’

“In the context of the interview and of recent events, it seemed a reasonable assumption that stated support applied to Ms. Cornejo, who claims to be a victim of rape.

"As Atty. Alnie Foja has stated, that was not her intent in her interview with reporter Sandra Aguinaldo.

“We apologize for the misunderstanding.

"We revised the story soon after this matter was brought to our attention and removed any reference that may be construed as Gabriela Women’s Party expressing any support for Ms. Cornejo.


“GMA News Online”

APOLOGY ACCEPTED. Tinanggap naman ni Atty. Foja ang public apology mula sa mga editor ng GMA News.

Sa kanyang Facebook account, sinabi ng legal counsel ng Gabriela, “With this development and with lessons learned by all parties involved including myself, I hope that the issue can be laid to rest.”

Narito ang kabuuan ng kanyang Facebook post:


“I welcome the apology of GMA News Online and I confirm that I received the same letter sent to me via email.

“However, I must also state that, under the circumstances, the assumption made cannot be described as reasonable, as in fact, that such an assumption was made at all was the root of the complaint.

“In any case, I am glad that GMA News Online saw it fit to publish an apology to Gabriela and to me. Like what I have told a few close friends and Sandra Aguinado herself, if it were just about me, I would have simply let it pass.

“I thank everyone who believed me and those who took the time to read and share my FB post. Thanks to my Gabriela family for the support.

“With this development and with lessons learned by all parties involved including myself, I hope that the issue can be laid to rest.”





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