THIS is regarding Prof. Antonio Contreras' article, titled "Media credibility crisis," published on May 19, 2022 in his column, "On the Contrary."

In his column, Professor Contreras wrote: "The most palpable and egregious display of partisan bias was when one veteran broadcast journalist and TV news anchor openly praised Robredo's accomplishment while talking to the spokesman of Marcos Jr. My jaw dropped in disbelief as I watched that moment, which I considered as one of the lowest in broadcast journalism in this country."

He further wrote: "It is sad that well-respected anchors and award-winning journalists cannot hide their disdain for Marcos Jr. The scowling, frowning, raising of eyebrows and smirking that they evinced for everyone to see were clear signs of their inner states of mind. And it was all clear for the people to see and judge. And they didn't like what they saw."

While Prof. Contreras did not name any names, he was making an apparent reference to GMA News pillar Mel Tiangco's interview with lawyer Vic Rodriguez, who at the time was serving as the spokesperson for Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. The columnist also referred to viral posts featuring Ms. Tiangco as well as fellow GMA News pillars Jessica Soho and Vicky Morales and their supposed reactions during the network's Eleksyon 2022 coverage.

Given the GMA News and Public Affairs ethos "Walang Kinikilingan, Walang Pinoprotektahan, Walang Kasinungalingan. Serbisyong Totoo Lamang," we take seriously any allegations of partiality among our anchors.

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As such, GMA Network, led by its Internal Audit and Human Resources team, conducted a thorough investigation of the Eleksyon 2022 coverage. The process involved a review of Ms Tiangco's interview with Atty. Rodriguez.

The investigation found: "In the particular interview with Atty. Rodriguez, [Ms. Tiangco] did not modify her usual style of questioning so as to cause discomfort or displeasure to Atty. Rodriguez, or show favor towards Robredo. More importantly, the questions she asked were within the topics being covered — i.e., how BBM's incoming administration would foster his brand of unity, and possibility of inclusion in the administration for those who are not of his camp."

The probe also involved a review of hours of footage of the Eleksyon 2022 coverage. In the end, the investigation showed that the three anchors were found not to have exhibited any biased reactions during the coverage. In the screen-capped photos, the anchors were intently listening to an explanation of a guest analyst, and were not reacting to any results. The investigation team concluded that viral posts were taken out of context by some social media users.

We sincerely hope that this sets the record straight.

Nessa S. Valdellon

First Vice President

GMA News and Public Affairs


THIS is regarding Yen Makabenta's article, titled "Anatomy of Robredo election debacle," published May 24, 2022, in his column, "Observer."

In his column, Mr. Makabenta wrote: "Had the news anchors of GMA-7 (Mel Tiangco, Jessica Soho and Vicky Morales) done the honors, they probably would have choked on the words and caused more grief. Their bias against Bongbong Marcos and partiality for Leni Robredo unraveled during their reporting of the election results when they grimaced and made faces as signs of a Marcos landslide mounted by the minute. Their dolorous faces went viral online."

Given the GMA News and Public Affairs ethos "Walang kinikilingan, Walang pinoprotektahan, Walang kasinungalingan. Serbisyong Totoo lamang," we take seriously any allegations of partiality among our anchors; even news pillars Jessica Soho, Mel Tiangco and Vicky Morales.

As such, GMA Network, led by its Internal Audit and Human Resources team, conducted a thorough investigation of the Eleksyon 2022 coverage.

The process involved a review of hours of footage and showed that the three anchors were found not to have exhibited any biased reactions during the coverage. In the screencapped photos, the anchors were intently listening to an explanation of a guest analyst and were not reacting to any results. The investigation team concluded that viral posts were taken out of context by some social media users.

We sincerely hope that this sets the record straight.

Nessa S. Valdellon

First Vice President

GMA News and Public Affairs