Friday, August 24, 2007

The Malu Fernandez controversy continues

Here's yesterday's TV Patrol World report on the Malu Fernandez controversy. Courtesy of Mukamo Philippines:

As you can see in the video, TV Patrol World's basis to report that Fernandez apologized was this page.

Here's a report on the same issue by ABS-CBN News:

Society columnist quits over OFW bashing
Source: ABS-CBN News

Complaints sent via the Internet and through othery types of media led a Manila-based society columnist to resign from her job following her negative comments about overseas Filipino workers in the Middle East, ABS-CBN Middle East News Bureau reported Thursday.

Bureau chief Dindo Amparo reported that Filipinos in the Middle East proved they can make a difference by uniting for a cause against columnist Malu Fernandez.

Read more here.

Now, this online report said that ABS-CBN 2 sought Fernandez for comment but she declined. Instead, the report said that Fernandez sent a letter to the network saying, "I take full responsibility for my actions and my friends and family have nothing to do with this. To date I have submitted my resignation letters to both the Manila Standard (Today) and People Asia, on that note may this matter be laid to rest.” Which is what the alleged online apology also said.

So, can we really now say that the Fernandez's alleged apology in this site real? But if TV Patrol World actually sought Fernandez for her reaction (but declined), shouldn't the program check with the two papers if, for example, they indeed received such letters of resignation, as what the alleged Fernandez's statement said?

The ABS-CBN 2 online report also quoted Fernandez as saying: “I am humbled by the vehement and heated response provoked by my article. To say that this article was not meant to malign, hurt or express prejudice against the OFWs now sounds hollow after reading through all the blogs from Filipinos all over the world.” Which was also in the alleged Fernandez's statement. The report said that the statement was posted in the online version of the Standard Today. But I could not find any such link in the Standard Today site.


Anonymous said...

It's not even enough to teach her a lesson. She has maligned our poor OFWs with her biting sarcasm. All she cares about are her money and extravagant trips. Tell her to spend more on diet and liposuction or how she can make herself BEAUTIFUL inside and out. Such a darn society bitch! Laki ka sa yaman kaya dalhin mo ang mga Louis Vuitton at Jo Malone mo sa langit. I doubt kung dun ka papunta. You don't even know how to toil the soil. But with your article, masahol ka pa sa baboy! You're pathetic,Fernandez. You need to APOLOGIZE and don't you even try to justify your actions.

Garsh said...

If she is really serious about her apology, she should have been bold enough to show herself on TV and read the statement herself in full view of the Filipino people. She should have learned her lesson the hard way.

Marie said...

I just saw a show (Media in focus)that asked if Malu Fernandez was a victim of a lynch mob. I disagree. She put herself out there and threw stones. As a supposed writer, then she must be prepared to be responsible for her words. The host Cheche Lazaro wanted to point out that while Fernandez was viscious, weren't people who shot back viscious themselves? Even if that is true-- what we must all recognize, people like Fernandez have the privilege to magazine space, Ms. Lazaro has the privilege to TV talk time; Manila Standard and People Asia and the cautious guest, Ms. Lorraine Belmonte have the privilege not to mention the resources to publish-- but ordinary people like OFWs do not have the privilege except via the internet. It's an equalizer that's perhaps difficult for the privileged and few elite to swallow.Touche.

cecile said...

I've written this comment in one of the blog spot in Multiply but still am posting it for you: is she a filipino? does she has a Philippine passport? If she does, We better petition for it to be revoke by the Philippine Government ( ATTENTION Department of Foreign Affairs). The grounds is simply she does not deserve to have one!!! BEing witty does not need to demean your fellow filipinos! If you are writing selectively for the "ELITE" then you have to find a venue that does not reach the entire country or world for that matter. Any responsible journalist or writer knows that!!!

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