DZMM to probe COA report alleging reporter got P1M from child welfare office

Adrian Ayalin, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jul 21 2018 01:37 PM | Updated as of Jul 21 2018 02:03 PM

MANILA - Radio station DZMM on Saturday said it would investigate allegations that one of its reporters received P1.05 million from the Council for the Welfare of Children (CWC) for promotional activities in connection with the National Children’s Month last year.

"DZMM Radyo Patrol 630 takes allegations of unethical practices by any member of our news organization seriously," DZMM said in a statement. 

"We expect our journalists to adhere to the highest standards of ethical and professional conduct at all times," DZMM added.

In the Commission on Audit's (COA) 2017 audit report on the CWC, an attached agency of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), cash advances amounting to P1.05 million "was paid" to a reporter for coverage of the National Children’s Month and for other feature stories to be aired on the station's TV and radio channels.

The audit report did not name the DZMM reporter.

"We shall conduct an investigation based on the Commission on Audit report implicating an unnamed "DZMM reporter," DZMM said in a statement.

In the audit report, the "scope of work" supposedly provided by the "DZMM reporter" included arranging radio and television guestings of CWC officials, ensuring availability of officials and technical staff for the guestings, compiling news reports, distributing promotional materials, and inviting other press people to the agency's activities.

"However, audit of the liquidation of the cash advances revealed that no contract was executed, neither [did] the procurement of the service [go] +through public bidding pursuant to the Implementing Rules and Regulations of Republic Act No. 9184 (Government Procurement Act), thus bereft of legal basis," the COA said.

The COA also said the CWC agreed to "require the persons liable to settle the disallowance amounting to P1.05 million."

DZMM is the radio arm of ABS-CBN Broadcasting Corporation. News.abs-cbn.com is the official news website of the said company.