News chief issues statement after #ABSCBNTutaNgChina trends on Twitter

MANILA, Philippines – ABS-CBN Integrated News and Current Affairs chief Ging Reyes has come to the defense of the TV station following the airing of Chinatown News on ABS-CBN News Channel (ANC).

Reyes took to Twitter to explain the network’s move after #ABSCBNTutangChina became a trending topic on the social media network. According to Reyes, the airing of the Chinese language newscast should not be equated with the intrusions in the West Philippine Sea.

Chinatown News on ABS-CBN News Channel (ANC)

She tweeted: “The airing on ANC of Chinatown News should not be equated with the intrusions in the West Ph Sea. Chinatown News is produced by fellow Filipinos who belong to the Filipino-Chinese community. They are part of Philippine society.”

“Rather than belittle their attempt to provide a service to their local community, it’s time we considered embracing the diversity of this land we all call home. We have editorial control over their content, provide national news stories & ensure accuracy of the translation from Mandarin to English subtitles,” Reyes wrote on Twitter.

On Monday, April 12, ANC started airing Chinatown News, the Philippine’s first news program that regularly reports news in Mandarin Chinese language. Aside from keeping the public informed about the current events in and out of the country, the news program aims to promote shared Filipino-Chinese culture as well as spread the “One Belt One Road Advocacy”. The said advocacy is China’s initiative to revive the ancient Silk Road trade route and link Asian markets with economic circles in Europe.

Netizens slammed the network’s decision to broadcast the Chinese newscast, which aired days after ABS-CBN news reporter Chiara Zambrano’s controversial West Philippine Sea coverage. On April 8, Zambrano and her news team were aboard a Filipino boat in the West Philippine Sea when a Chinese coast guard ship and navy vessels chased them.

— Mini, The Summit Express

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