TV5 News Anchor and veteran journalist Ed Lingao expressed an apology as he mistakenly reported an inaccurate report during a segment of breaking news live on air.
During a live newscast, Lingao was reading a breaking news item and said President Duterte called United States President Barack Obama ‘bastos’ (rude). However, it turns out that President Duterte never said a statement like that.
Lingao issued a statement through his Facebook account that went viral and said:
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.His post has garnered thousands of likes as of this writing. Netizens admired his action on holding and admitting his mistakes.
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.
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