Ed Lingao expresses regret over TV5’s inaccurate breaking news report on FB post

Well, kudos to Ed Lingao of TV5 for owning up their mistake after airing a breaking news item that President Duterte called President Obama “bastos.”

Turned out that breaking news item was written in error and is not accurate.

In a Facebook post, Ed Lingao of TV5 wrote a short but sincere apology from the public in general and to the Duterte supporters in particular.

The TV5 news anchor made it clear though that he is doing this in his personal capacity since he is not authorized to issue any statement, or give any apology on behalf of TV5.

He also asks the netizens to stop sending threatening messages because no one has the right to threaten other people.

Before ending his post, he appeals to the netizens not to threaten his colleagues or use this error to justify the murder or harassment of journalists.

Check out the full text of his post below.

Last September 5, I read on-air a breaking news item that President Duterte called President Obama “bastos.” Unfortunately, that breaking news item was written in error and is not accurate. The President did not call Obama “bastos;” what he said in his ambush interview in Laos was that it would be “improper and highly bastos” to bring up the issue of EJKs during the bilateral meet. As I understand it, TV5 officials are now looking into how this error was made.

I am not authorized to issue any statement, or give any apology on behalf of TV5 where I am an anchor/presenter, so this is a completely personal post on my part. I try to fight for the things I believe in, but I am also ready to apologize for mistakes which I am a part of. As the presenter who read the erroneous breaking story, I apologize to the President, to the public, and to my colleagues for that error. That error is now being looked into. I hope that the error does not distract us from the many other pressing issues that we now face.

To those who have been posting angry messages on my wall, I try to understand your anger. But please bear in mind that whatever you feel or think, whether you really believe that we are corrupt “presstitutes,” no one has the right to threaten other people. So please, do not threaten my colleagues or use this error to justify the murder or harassment of journalists. Salamat po.

Please post your reaction below.

Source: Ed Lingao

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