ABS-CBN: Inquirer story on Korina 'baseless, unsupported'

Posted at 05/19/14 1:47 PM

TV Patrol co-anchor Korina Sanchez

MANILA - ABS-CBN on Monday issued a statement supporting TV Patrol co-anchor Korina Sanchez after a report in the Philippine Daily Inquirer (PDI) on Sunday linked her to the pork barrel scam.

ABS-CBN spokesperson Bong R. Osorio said the allegation in PDI's story that Sanchez received a P50,000 gift from the Napoles camp is "baseless and unsupported."

According to the Inquirer report, which was based on the computer files of Benhur Luy, Napoles gave P50,000 to Ramon Arroyo, an ex-husband of Sanchez's high school classmate, to buy her a birthday gift in 2004.

ABS-CBN said the Inquirer story "was based on only one source," and that the newspaper should have sought "corroborating proof" or "other supporting documents."

"The PDI story was based on only one source - an entry in the computer files of Benhur Luy which was turned over to the paper one year ago. The imputations on the journalists named are serious and damaging to reputations built over many years. We encourage all responsible journalists to verify this entry's accuracy by getting corroborating proof, a second source, and other supporting documents," Osorio said.

"ABS-CBN fully supports Korina Sanchez as our news organization remains committed to uphold the highest standards of professionalism, integrity and ethics in news reporting. In our coverage of the PDAF scam, our journalists are mindful of the need to present the truth fully and be accountable for our actions."

ABS-CBN took note of Sanchez's denial of having received P50,000 from the Napoles camp through Arroyo.

"Korina Sanchez has sufficiently denied receiving any gift of any form from Janet Napoles or any of her representatives. We in ABS-CBN believe that the allegation that came out in the Philippine Daily Inquirer was baseless and unsupported. The sworn statement of the person named to have allegedly brought the gift to Korina had also denied participation in this alleged gift-giving," Osorio said.

Sanchez, in a statement sent to the Inquirer, said she did not "receive any such gift, in cash or kind, from Ms. Napoles or her company nor through emissaries then and up to now."

She said Arroyo is an acquaintance whom she has not seen nor spoken nor heard of after her classmate and Arroyo separated more than 10 years ago.

In an interview after a press conference for ABS-CBN and Japan's NHK launch co-production venture on Monday, Sanchez said "...napaka-weird pa ng sirkumstansiya hindi ba na 20,000 years ago na may nangyaring ganoon na kumubra daw ng ganyang halaga. Ano kaya yon, pambili ng malaking malaking food basket ba yon o 10 lechon na hindi ko naman natatanggap?"

"Ang nakakalungkot lang kasi doon ay habang ang inihalal na opisyal, kapag sila ay pinag-usapang ganyan ay mayroon silang proseso na pwede nilang patunayan na 'ikaw opisyal nagkamali ka o ikaw inosente ka.' Sa panig ng mga pribado kasing tao ay walang ganoong proseso so natutuwa ako sa ABS-CBN at sa nakakaalam na walang basehan ang istorya at napakababaw, walang pirma, nakakapagtaka na binigyan ng importansiya kung ako ang tatanungin hindi na dapat yan nangyari at sana ay hindi na ulit mangyari sa iba," she added. -- with a report from Reyma Buan-Deveza, ABS-CBNnews.com

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