Flipper: ABS-CBN inks deal with OSN, GMA News slammed for misleading report

By Media Newser Philippines | Monday, February 03, 2014

ABS-CBN has inked a landmark deal with OSN, Dubai’s leading pay TV network, as the official distributor of its various channels across the region.

In addition to the four ABS-CBN channels (TFC, Bro, Cinema One Global, ANC) launched on OSN earlier this year, the deal also marks the exclusive distributorship and launch of TV-Radio channel, DZMM TeleRadyo and ABS-CBN’s music radio channel, DWRR 101.9 on OSN. DZMM TeleRadyo and DWRR 101.9 will be broadcast live from Manila.

David Butorac, Chief Executive Officer of OSN, said: “Since the launch of the four ABS-CBN channels on the OSN platform in April this year, we have recorded nearly 40% growth in our Pinoy sales which demonstrates the immense popularity of these channels. Now, as the exclusive home of TFC in the region, Filipino viewers can look forward to even more value and an enhanced viewing experience."

ABS-CBN’s Managing Director for Middle East and Europe, Edgardo Garcia added: “With this new exclusive partnership, we appreciate the acknowledgement by OSN, the leading pay-TV provider in the region, of ABS-CBN TFC’s leadership in Filipino programming. We will continue to expand the gains we made starting in April that generated very encouraging sales and enthusiastic customer response.

Atty. Alnie Foja, legal counsel of Gabriela Women's Party, has voiced disappointment over GMA News' "misleading" report on Denice Cornejo, the 22-year-old model who accused Vhong Navarro of rape.

The lawyer was interviewed by Sandra Aguinaldo Thursday, in which she discussed the issue of rape: “Hindi madali para sa isang biktima ang lumantad at ilahad ang istorya ng panggagahasa na nagawa laban sa kanya."

The lawyer took to Facebook to clarify that she didn't issue any statement in support of Cornejo, and that she was made to understand that Aguinaldo was to do a public information segment about rape in general.

She added that, "24 Oras quoted my statement while showing footage of Deniece is DELIBERATELY MISLEADING and MALICIOUS.”

Atty. Foja's Facebook post below:
We would like to call your attention to an article published online as well as a news report aired over 24 Oras last January 30, 2014 that explicitly stated our group’s support for Ms. Deniece Cornejo. We would like to clarify that we issued no such statement.

It has been the long standing policy of Gabriela Women’s Party and Gabriela National Alliance NOT to comment on issues that we have no first hand knowledge about. In this specific case between Ms. Deniece Cornejo and Mr. Vhong Navarro, neither parties have sought our assistance or opinion.

We would like to clarify that the interview conducted by your reporter, Ms. Sandra Aguinaldo, focused primarily on the issue of rape, advance questions relayed to me were even titled as “RAPE 101″. I was likewise careful not to comment on the controversial case and even told Ms. Aguinaldo that I have not monitored it. The questions propounded to me were about rape and rape victims in general and my answers were made with no reference to any particular victim much less to Deniece. I was asked to explain how rape is committed, its impact and repercussions on the victims, the difficulty of filing cases and how the public should react to the victims’ story.

Unfortunately, the interview, I believe was maliciously spun to make it appear that we in Gabriela are supporting Ms. Cornejo. While we appreciate the network’s effort of having taken down the article immediately, we are calling for a public apology and a clarification from the network so that the audience may be enlightened on the truth. Moreover, we hope that the network will exercise caution in the treatment of future stories.

Atty. Alnie Foja