The Movie and Television Review and Classification Board (MTRCB) has asked representatives of the GMA 7 morning show “Unang Hirit” to attend a conference on Monday, November 11, after its anchor, Arnold Clavio drew flak for the way he conducted a phone patch interview with Atty. Alfredo Villamor, alleged pork barrel queen Janet Napoles’ new lawyer.
In an SMS to Yahoo Philippines OMG!, MTRCB chair Atty. Toto Villareal said the Board is concerned about the children who may be watching the show, which he said is registered as a public affairs program with a PG (parental guidance) rating.
“We also want to hear the program’s side and how they can self-regulate vs any incident similar to the alleged one,” Villareal said.
It will be recalled that Clavio got emotional during a phone patch interview with Villamor on Tuesday, November 5. He didn’t hide his annoyance when Villamor said he’s not sure if Napoles will attend the Senate hearings on the PDAF (Priority Development Assistance Fund) because he was hired for another matter – her illegal detention case. Villamor added that he doesn’t know if another lawyer will go with Napoles to the Senate.
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It was when Villamor repeated his non-involvement in the PDAF case, that Clavio’s irritation showed.
“Eh sino po ba ang dapat naming kausapin dito?” he asked. The veteran newscaster’s succeeding statements were just as widely- criticized.
“Pasira ka ng araw eh”, “Tatawa-tawa ka pa!” and “Wala po akong nakuha sa inyo,” he told Villamor on air. The video of the interview has 14,274 hits as of posting time.
Clavio has released a statement on the controversial issue via “Unang Hirit” on Thursday, November 7.
He said that he was just doing his job of getting information from Villamor regarding Napoles’ Senate appearance and that he interviewed the lawyer because he was the only one who can shed light on the issue at hand. Clavio admitted that he went overboard in his remarks and apologized to those who felt he said something uncalled-for in the interview.