MANILA, Philippines – Broadcast journalist Arnold Clavio on Wednesday issued a statement seeking public understanding over his controversial statement regarding some members of the Philippine Azkals.
In a statement, the GMA News anchor said he didn't intend to offend anyone with his commentary.
Clavio claimed he was merely discussing the sexual harassment issue involving some of the Azkals players.
“Mga igan, nakakalungkot na may negatibong reaksyon ang naging pahayag ko tungkol sa Philippine Azkals kaugnay ng sexual harassment complaint ni Ms. Cristy Ramos. Wala po akong ganoong intensyon," he said.
"Ang isyu po rito ay sexual harassment at kung may nagamit man po akong mga salita na hindi angkop, nagpapakumbaba po ako at humihingi ng pang-unawa. Dun naman po sa mga kasama kong nanindigan laban sa sexual harassment, maraming salamat po. Seryoso pong isyu ito na dapat bantayan,” he added.
He did not directly say that he was apologizing to the public.
During an episode of GMA's morning show, Unang Hirit, Clavio launched a tirade against some members of the Philippine football team while discussing Cristy Ramos’ harassment case versus Azkals Lexton Moy and Angel Guirado.
"Hindi naman kayo Pilipino, nagpapanggap lang kayong kayumanggi. Eh 'di dito lumaki, mahirap yun,” he said.
Clavio’s statement sparked negative reaction from the Azkals fans.
'Clavio's remark uncalled for'
Sports analysts believe that Clavio’s statement against the Azkals was uncalled for.
“This is punishing the doer beyond the deed. Parang nangyari doon… is a generalization based on one incident,” said Bill Velasco, while discussing the issue with co-hosts Boom Gonzales and Boyet Sison on Hardball.
“From a legal standpoint, you are punishing somebody for something that is not their fault,” he added.
Gonzales, for his part, said the fans’ reaction to Clavio’s remarks was understandable.
“The reaction I believe is justified, because it wasn't that that they were reacting to. It was not the sexual harassment case,” he said.
Sison stressed the being born in a foreign land doesn’t mean that some Azkals were not Filipinos.
He said that some important personalities in the Philippines do not have pure Filipino blood.
“I can state one name that rings a bell, who has Filipino blood but not completely Filipino -- Robert Jaworski. The name itself, he's Polish-American. I could even go as far as the President of this Republic (Benigno Aquino III), who everybody knows has a bit of Chinese blood in his veins,” he said.