Anthony Taberna speaks at INC rally, goes on leave

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Aug 30 2015 04:12 PM | Updated as of Aug 31 2015 05:45 PM

MANILA - ABS-CBN anchor Anthony Taberna announced Sunday afternoon that he has taken a leave of absence from the network because of his active ties with the Iglesia ni Cristo (INC).

In an Instagram post, Taberna said that the controversies currently surrounding the religious sect may deter him from exercising impartiality as a journalist.

He also pointed out the conflict of interest between his roles as a broadcaster and a devout INC member.

 

Mga kapamilya, napakalungkot po na nagpapaalam po muna ako sa programa namin na Dos por Dos at Umagang Kayganda dahil sa mga kaganapan po ngayon. Ako po bilang aktibong miyembro ng Iglesia ni Cristo ay nasa isang sitwasyon na hindi maaaring maging credible sa pagtalakay sa isyung may kinalaman dito. Mayroon po akong paniniwalang pangrelihiyon at mayroon din naman akong tungkulin bilang mamamahayag, bagay na hindi po maaaring pagsamahin ngayon dahil sa tinatawag na conflict of interest. Agad pong pinahintulutan ng pangasiwaan ng ABSCBN Integrated News and Current Affairs ang aking leave of absence mula ngayon hanggang sa humupa ang partikular na isyung may kinalaman ang INC. Maraming salamat po sa inyong pang-unawa sa aking napakahirap na kalagayan sa ngayon. Sa mga hindi naman hindi makakaunawa, nauunawaan ko po Kayo. @itsmegerryb @ukgdos @rosseltaberna @gingreyes @donnacueto

A photo posted by Anthony Taberna (@iamtunying28) on

Taberna said that the Kamilya network supports his decision to take the time off until the INC crisis subsides.

Prior to his announcement, Taberna also joined the INC mass action at EDSA-Shaw Boulevard on Sunday.

Taberna addressed around 1,700 fellow members of the religious sect and emphasized that the INC faithful converged at the rally out of free will and devotion to the organization.

The news anchor also urged the crowd to maintain peace at the rally that condemns the government's alleged interference on INC's internal affairs.

The INC assembly at the major crossing has been permitted by the Mandaluyong City government until later Sunday.