UPLB Open Letter to ABS-CBN News now viral: #ABSCBNSaySorryToUPLB

MANILA, Philippines - The Student Union of the University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB) on Saturday demands apology from ABS-CBN News on alleged unethical journalism covering Vice President Jejomar Binay's open forum at UPLB last Tuesday, September 15.

The open letter to ABS-CBN is now viral online and has trended on microblogging site Twitter Saturday afternoon with #ABSCBNSaySorryToUPLB hashtag.

According to UPLB, ABS-CBN accused their students of shouting ‘trapo’ before VP Binay started his speech as posted by Facebook page 'ABS-CBNNews.com.'

The caption has already been updated but its original words were: “LISTEN: UPLB students shout ‘trapo’ as Vice President Binay starts his forum yesterday. And the vice president’s reaction? Watch.”

LISTEN: Here's how Vice President Binay's open forum at UPLB started yesterday. His reaction? Watch.(CORRECTION: An...
Posted by ABS-CBNnews.com on Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Second, a news article was published by the same news agency on the 17th entitled “VP Binay felt disrespected at UPLB forum.” Later that day the title was changed to “VP Binay: I enjoyed UPLB forum.” Besides the inconsistency of the news article’s title, the article itself contained one anomalous statement, which was already edited, accusing UPLB Students again of shouting ‘trapo.’ The original article included this statement:

“The response drew loud cheers from the audience of mostly UPLB students, many of whom had chanted "trapo" at the start of Binay's speech.”

UPLB said that these acts of unethical journalism by ABS-CBN have inflicted a negative perception on their students, with misinformed netizens and readers treating and tagging UPLB students as “unmannered,” and of “low breeding.”

"It is insulting and is unacceptable for the part of the Iskolar ng Bayan to be wrongly portrayed by ABS-CBN’s recently published articles. Even though these articles have already been ‘updated,’ it does not deny the fact that ABS-CBN committed acts that are damaging for the students of the UP Los Baños."

"UPLB condemns these acts of unethical journalism that have damaged the credibility of the Iskolar ng Bayan. The USC therefore demands ABS-CBN News & Current Affairs to release a public apology addressed to the students of UP Los Baños for its recent misleading articles and reassure the public of its oath to ethical and responsible journalism," UPLB University Student Council, the highest governing student institution representing the 12000+ students of the University of the Philippines Los Baños statement said.

Here's the full statement of UPLB on alleged unethical journalism on ABS-CBN News:

UPLB Open Letter to ABS-CBN

UPLB Open Letter to ABS-CBN

UPLB Open Letter to ABS-CBN

UPDATE: ABS-CBN News apologizes to UPLB Student Council

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