MANILA, Philippines (2nd UPDATE) – The Philippine Football Federation (PFF) has lodged a complaint with GMA Network Inc. after its news anchor Arnold Clavio made a controversial remark regarding the Philippine national football team.
“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,” said PFF president Mariano “Nonong” Araneta in his letter to GMA president Gilberto Duavit Jr.
|A composite picture of broadcast journalist Arnold Clavio and members of the Philippine Azkals.
The complaint pertains to Clavio’s alleged racist remarks against the Filipino-foreign members of the Philippine Azkals.
The PFF wants GMA Network to sanction Clavio, as well as issue a written apology to be read on morning show "Unang Hirit."
Clavio made the controversial statements during Tuesday's episode of “Unang Hirit” while discussing Cristy Ramos’ sexual harassment case against Azkals players Lexton Moy and Angel Guirado.
"Hindi naman kayo Pilipino. Nagpapanggap lang kayong kayumanggi. Hindi kayo dito lumaki. Mahirap 'yun," the GMA news anchor was quoted as saying.
"(Clavio's) 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," Araneta said in the letter.
The PFF is also protesting the comments made by Clavio's co-anchor Rhea Santos, who said, "'Yung mga babae... kasi porke guwapo... sikat... minsan halos itapon na nila yung mga sarili doon sa mga lalaki."
The PFF said that Santos' statement "operate to demean and disparage Filipino women, in general, and the Filipino women supporters of the Philippine Men's National Team."
Araneta said the PFF is taking the issue seriously.
“We will not taking it (Clavio’s statement) sitting down,” the PFF president said in an interview with ABS-CBNnews.com.
“We’ll wait for action from the network’s management,” he added.
Clavio’s statements have drawn swift reactions from football fans who defended the Azkals.
Following the backlash, the broadcast journalist posted a statement on the network’s website asking for understanding for his comments.
He maintained that he did not intend to offend anyone, but did not directly apologize for his remarks.
“Kung may nagamit man po akong mga salita na hindi angkop, nagpapakumbaba po ako at humihingi ng pang-unawa,” said Clavio.
He claimed that he is stressing his stand against sexual harassment.
"Ang isyu po rito ay sexual harassment… Dun naman po sa mga kasama kong nanindigan laban sa sexual harassment, maraming salamat po,” he said.
Click the following links to read the full copy of the PFF’s complaint versus Clavio: page 1, page 2, page 3 and page 4.