ABS-CBN apologized to the Student Union of the University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB) over the errors on their news reports when VP Jejomar Binay had an open forum in the said university. The TV network released its public apology this Saturday, September 19, after the hashtag #ABSCBNSaySorryToUPLB went viral on Twitter the whole day.
ABS-CBN News expresses its sincerest apologies to the students of UP Los Banos for the errors committed by ABS-CBNnews.com in 2 articles about the forum of UP Los Banos students with Vice President Jejomar Binay last September 15.” A statement reads at ABS-CBNnews.com this Saturday afternoon.
“In our effort to provide a more comprehensive coverage of the forum, one of our writers mistook the word “sample” for “trapo.” We immediately corrected this right after we were alerted about the mistake on September 16, 2015. We will be taking disciplinary steps against those responsible for this oversight.” The controversial news network added.
The UPLB student council issued an open letter to ABS-CBN via Twitter on Saturday morning. According to them, the network published wrong information on their news report on their official Facebook page, stating that the students shouted “trapo” instead of “sample: when the VP Binay open forum started. ABS-CBN has already corrected their mistake.
However, the UPLB student council also mentioned a separate news report at ABS-CBNnews.com dated September 17 with the headline, “VP Binay felt disrespected at UPLB forum” which was later changed to “VP Binay: I enjoyed UPLB forum.” The said news report also mentions UP students shouting “trapo” instead of “sample.”
“It is insulting and is unacceptable for the part of the Iskolar ng Bayan to be wrongly portrayed by ABS-CBN’s recently published articles. Even though these articles have already been ‘updated,’ it does not deny the fact that ABS-CBN committed acts that are damaging for the students of the UP Los Baños.” A statement reads on the UPLB open letter to ABS-CBN.
Credit: UPLB Student Council Twitter
“The UPLB University Student Council, the highest governing student institution representing the 12000+ students of the University of the Philippines Los Baños, condemns these acts of unethical journalism that have damaged the credibility of the Iskolar ng Bayan.” The open letter added on the third part, as it demands ABS-CBN to issue a public apology to them.