14 March 2012
GMA NETWORK, INC.
GMA Network Center
EDSA corner Timog Avenue
Attention: Mr. GILBERTO R. DUAVIT, JR.
President & COO
Re: RACIST, LIBELOUS & DISCRIMINATORY STATEMENTS OF GMA-7 TV HOST ARNOLD CLAVIO IN YOUR NEWS & PUBLIC AFFAIRS TV PROGRAM
“UNANG HIRIT” ON 13 MARCH 2012
The PHILIPPINE FOOTBALL FEDERATION (PFF) would like to lodge a formal complaint with your organization for the racist, discriminatory, libelous and malicious statements of your Program Host, ARNOLD CLAVIO and his other co-hosts, during the nationwide broadcast of your News & Public Affairs Program “Unang Hirit” last 13 March 2012.
Host Rhea Santos – “Kailangan masampulan eh…”
Host Arnold Clavio – “Kaya talagang ano na. Aral na sa inyo yan, ang yayabang nyo akala nyo. Porke’t dinadagsa kayo ng mga fans, ang gugugwapo nyo eh.”
“Parang God’s gift to women”
“Alam mo lahat.. lahat nang… nakuwento nga ni Cristina at nang dalawa nyang kasama. Lahat ginawa para ipaalam na may babaeng papasok sa locker, ilang katok nga sila eh. Eh malapit na yung match eh. Kailangan ma-check na yung dalawang koponan. Eh nauna yung Philippine team bago yung Malaysian… na team.
“Ngayon nag-sorry para sa isa daw nilang kasamahan. Saan ka nakakita ng Azkal na may suso? Wala naman akong…. anong cup B? Maybe a cup B sa isang kasama?
“Palusot na lang…”
“Sana nag-sorry, sorry na lang talaga, di ba? Parang…”
“Hindi ko kayo ka-kultura. Kasi wala dito (pointing to his chest)…. at wala dito (pointing to his head)…”
“Hindi naman kayo Pilipino. Nagpapanggap lang kayong kayumanggi. Hindi kayo dito lumaki”…
“Mahirap yun….. Insensitive.”
“Para maging aral.”
“Congratulations. Kasi hiwalay naman ito sa ginagawa nilang pakikipaglaban. So, good luck din sa inyong susunod na laban para mapunta kayo sa Final 4 ha. Na bihira pong marating nang Pilipinas sa matagal na panahon.”
“Alam naman nila yung mga sexcapades nila sa isa’t isa eh, di ba? Sino ba nag-penicillin.. Alam naman nila yun.”
“Akala siguro lahat sila gusto silang matikman siguro… makasama…Diyos ko.”
Your TV Host ARNOLD CLAVIO’s declarations that the members of the Philippine Men’s National Football Team “are not Filipinos” and “are only pretending to be Filipinos” are not only libelous and defamatory to the good name and reputation of the PFF and the Filipino players comprising the Men’s National Team now playing with their hearts for “flag and country” at the AFC Challenge Cup in Kathmandu, Nepal. They are also verbal statements of a racist nature and constitute malicious, contemptuous, discriminatory and denigratory remarks concerning race and origin that offend the dignity of the Filipino players and Filipinos who are similarly situated.
ARNOLD CLAVIO has made those scathing and offensive remarks with reckless disregard of the truth or falsity of his statements. In association football, only citizens of the country can be a member of the Representative “A” Team of the country, i.e., its National Team. In making his scurrilous statements, CLAVIO made it appear that PFF has selected persons who are not Filipino citizens to be members of and play for the Philippine National Team. This subjects all Philippine National Teams (not only the Men’s National Team) to doubts by international organizations, spectators and opposing national teams as to the Filipino citizenship, and therefore eligibility, of the Philippine team players. It also puts the name and reputation of the Philippines and the PFF in disrepute. CLAVIO obviously does not know (and neither he nor your program staff did not care to check) that only Filipinos can play in the Philippine National Football Team. Indeed, weeks prior to any international tournament a country has to submit to the organizer a list of its National Team players with proof of their citizenship or nationality (e.g. passports).
The members of the Philippine National Team now playing in Nepal at the AFC Challenge Cup are Filipinos just like your Unang Hirit hosts Arnold Clavio, Rhea Santos, Connie Sison and Lyn Ching-Pascual. Some of the current members of the Philippine Men’s Football Team have either a Filipina mother or a Filipino father, thus qualifying them to be natural-born Filipino citizens. One can notice the obvious discomfort of even CLAVIO’s co-host Lyn Ching-Pascual when he confidently uttered the words “Hindi naman kayo Pilipino. Nagpapanggap lang kayong kayumanggi….”
ARNOLD CLAVIO also discriminates against the Philippine national team players who, for one reason or another, grew up or partly grew up outside the Philippines when he uttered the words “Hindi kayo dito lumaki”. This constitutes disparaging and demeaning remarks against Filipino children of Filipinos who are compelled by circumstances to work and live abroad with their children. His bias against Filipinos who grew up abroad is utterly shocking and is not expected to be blurted out by a TV host of your respected and reputable organization. Many Filipinos, including our own President Benigno S. Aquino, partly grew up abroad by force of circumstances. Are they less Filipino than those who grew up entirely in the Philippines?
ARNOLD CLAVIO is also guilty of sexist remarks and sex-related innuendo leveled against the Philippine National Team players when he uttered the words “Alam naman nila yung mga sexcapades nila sa isa’t isa eh, di ba? Sino ba nag-penicillin… Alam naman nila yun.”…..“ Akala siguro lahat sila gusto silang matikman siguro… makasama…Diyos ko.” Added to that statement was host Rhea Santos’ statement that “[y]*** mga babae…kasi porke guwapo… sikat… minsan halos itapon na nila yung mga sarili doon sa mga lalaki” that operate to demean and disparage Filipino women, in general, and the Filipino women supporters of the Philippine Men’s National Team. It must be noted that your Unang Hirit program caters to all age groups.
After uttering the above-stated libelous, racist and discriminatory remarks, and after obviously reading an idiot board or reminder from somebody (not covered by the camera), ARNOLD CLAVIO, congratulated the team and wished them luck during their next game so they could qualify for the semifinals of the Challenge Cup, a situation which CLAVIO himself admitted is seldom attained ‘”by the Philippines”. Nonetheless, the unquantifiable damage and injury to the PFF and the Philippine Men’s National Football Team has already been inflicted by the scurrilous and discriminatory words emanating from your TV host ARNOLD CLAVIO.
As you are aware, the matter of sexual harassment complaint by Cristina Ramos against Philippine players Lexton Moy and Angel Guirado is now pending before the PFF Disciplinary Committee which has primary jurisdiction over the complaint. While your organization may report news concerning the matter, we and the public expect that no racist, discriminatory, sexist, or disparaging remarks that offend the dignity of persons or organizations or maliciously defame persons or organizations are made by your hosts and reporters.
We thus lodge this complaint and protest with GMA NETWORK, INC. and demand that, (i) your organization impose, after requisite proceedings, the appropriate sanction on your TV host ARNOLD CLAVIO; (ii) your organization and/or ARNOLD CLAVIO rectify, among others, his discriminatory, racist and libelous assertions that members of the Philippine Men’s National Football Team are not Filipinos and are only pretending to be Filipinos; and, (iii) your organization and/or ARNOLD CLAVIO issue a written apology to the PFF and the Philippine Men’s National Football Team which should also be forthwith read and given prominence in your News & Public Affairs TV program, “Unang Hirit”.
We are thankful that in one way or another, your organization has helped in the promotion of football in the Philippines. We all know that encouraging the Filipino youth to engage in sports in general or play football in particular contributes to nation-building. We however strongly protest the previously cited statements of your Unang Hirit Hosts ARNOLD CLAVIO and RHEA SANTOS.
Very truly yours,
MARIANO V. ARANETA., JR.
EDWIN B. GASTANES
PFF Legal Counsel
video of arnold clavio’s remarks:
dog’s mouth tied, inside sack, tied hanging behind SUV as SUV drives around city! jail driver of BDK 617 !
why was this done to the dog? what possible reason could there be for this?
was the owner of the vehicle doing this because the dog cannot fit inside the SUV? and what was their plan for this dog?
to us, it looked like the owner of the SUV is meaning to dispose of the dog. either to kill the dog or to sell the dog (the location being baguio). you can see malice on the part of the SUV owner or driver – the dog’s mouth was tied obviously to prevent the dog from barking or crying as it suffers during the travel. or tp prevent the dog from biting those who did this to the dog. we also suppose this dog’s paws must have been tied completely from preventing it from running away.
whatever reasons the SUV owner or driver have, this is plain and simple cruelty to the dog. the driver of this vehicle and whoever decided to do this to the dog should be punished and jailed. at minimum, they should be allowed to experience the same thing the dog did – tie the mouth of the owner and driver of the SUV, tie their hands and feet, place them inside a sack and hang them behind the SUV and the SUV to travel the same distance it did for the dog.
Dog tied to SUV causes outrage online; animal rights group tracks down car’s owner
MANILA, Philippines – A photograph of a dog in a sack and tied to the rear of an SUV spread virally on the Internet Monday, spurring an animal rights group to track down the owner of the vehicle.
Anna Cabrera, executive director of the Philippine Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) told InterAksyon that they are already on their way to the address of the SUV’s owner.
Cabrera, who with the help of some media people, was able to get information from the Land Transportation Office about the details of the black 1988 Nissan Patrol Safari with plate number BDK 617.
“We are heading there already,” Cabrera said. “We want to talk to the driver and find out what happened to the dog.”
According to Cabrera, the SUV is registered to a certain Apollo International Cagayan Trading with address at 27 Dalahican St. Damar Village in Quezon City.
Based on InterAksyon’s research, the said corporation is engaged in the import of used vehicles. In 2008, the company was involved in an alleged smuggling activity. The officials of Apollo have vehemently denied this.
Cabrera said the photo was taken on Sunday by a person who saw it at around 4 p.m. It has since spread like wildfire through social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter.
Apollo International Cagayan Trading registered owner of the SUV has appeared in the news before:
Prove charges, Cagayan car dealers dare Amcham
By Melvin Gascon
Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 01:33:00 07/26/2008
SANTA ANA, Cagayan, Philippines ? The car dealers at the center of a brewing smuggling controversy have challenged the American Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines, commonly called Amcham, to produce solid evidence to prove its allegations that the used car business at the Cagayan Economic Zone at Port Irene was being used as front for smuggling activities.
Peter Geroue, president and chief executive officer of Apollo International Trading Corp., said the charges were ?unfair? and that Amcham was making accusations based on mere hearsay.
new all time high reached, the 11th this year:
note : the above data comes from the Philippine Stock Exchange website itsellf. previous data came from yahoo finance. there are differences in the numbers. we will sort this out as soon as we are able to get the complete data from the PSEI.
click here for the PSEI data: http://www.pse.com.ph/stockMarket/marketInfo-marketActivity.html?tab=1
Philippine stocks hit record high, breach 5,000 mark for 1st time
By: Doris C. Dumlao
The local stock barometer breached the 5,000 mark for the first time in history in intraday trade Thursday, riding on upbeat investor sentiment in a low interest rate regime. The index, however, pared down gains at closing.
The main Philippine Stock Exchange index (PSEi) finished 40.96 points, or 0.84-percent higher, at 4,938.61, pulling back from the day’s peak of 5,011.
Dealers said the 5,000-mark was breached in the morning as investors anticipated a further monetary easing by the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) while global risk appetite was also boosted by a fresh liquidity release by the European Central Bank.
As expected, the BSP cut after the market closed its main policy rate by 25 basis points to a record low of 4 percent to help cushion the domestic economy from the global slowdown.
Top lender Bank of the Philippine Islands closed nearly 5 percent higher and second-ranked Metropolitan Bank & Trust Co. rose 3.7 percent.
“The market anticipated another rate cut and we’ve seen a lot of buying into banks,” said Ira Ganhin, an analyst with Manila-based BPI Asset Management.
“The level of bad loans has fallen while loan growth is also increasing. So everything seems to be going right for the banking sector,” he said.
All counters performed strongly in morning trade but toward the end of the session, the property, services and mining/oil counters succumbed to profit-taking.
The financial counter outperformed the main index as it gained 2.5 percent while the industrial and holding firm counters firmed up slightly.
“The PSEi breached the 5,000 level but was unable to sustain it. The market is susceptible to near-term consolidation. We, however, view pullbacks as opportunities to increase exposure,” said Mark Angeles, head of research at First Metro Securities. “The financial world is better today than it was last year.”
marketing & advertising 101 : how to apply hard core mass consumer marketing & advertising to the intangible product “family planning”
we have started a series of articles on our experience on applying hard core mass consumer marketing & advertising to the intangible product called “family planning”
this will be a first of a series of articles that will explore how hard core mass consumer marketing and advertising have been successfully applied to a near intangible product called “family planning”. the product “family planning” is actually a mindset and a practice and something you cannot buy like a detergent bar for washing clothes that you can get in a supermarket or sari-sari store (neighborhood store),while family planning can eventually take the form of real and tangible products like condoms or pills which has real brand names and packages that can be bought in retail and drug stores, what the effort intended to do was to get the target audience to buy in or believe in “family planning” and for the same target audience to decide to use any one of family planning methods available.source : http://bit.ly/ycZ5QI