An open letter called out GMA News for misleading news reporting of the Scarborough Shoal incident involving Filipino ship captain and a Chinese navy ship.
The open letter, if I was not mistaken, was written by the admin of the Facebook page named “Integrated Development Studies Institute.”
In the open letter, the writer cited a couple of facts that GMA News deliberately buried in the article, making him wonder and question GMA News motives.
First, the Filipino ship captain Manolo Ebora was manning a Liberian-flagged ship owned by a Greek company and not by a Filipino.
Yes, GMA News mentioned this in the article but it was buried after the sixth paragraph. The misleading headline of GMA News did not help either.
Second, the incident happened on September 30 and local media outlets like GMA News just reported this on November 3.
The author couldn’t help but suspect the timing of the reporting of the said incident in light of the meeting of President Duterte with China in the ASEAN Summit.
The open letter also mentioned that the ship originated in Thailand but the captain “decided to steer off course and moved into Scarborough Shoal, known locally as Panatag Shoal, supposedly to verify the presence of Chinese there.”…
The author of the open letter once again questioned the motive of the Filipino ship captain in wanting to verify the presence of Chinese in Scarborough Shoal?
The author wrapped up the open letter with the conclusion that all these anti-China news negate all the efforts of the Duterte admin while leaving a thought provoking question: “Who benefits from all this?”
You may read the original article below.
Dear GMA News
Fact: The ship that the Filipino captain Manolo Ebora was manning was a LIBERIAN-FLAGGED ship owned by a Greek company, NOT FILIPINO.
You did include in the report, but why only after the sixth paragraph and a MISLEADING headline?
Fact: The Incident happened on Sept 30.
Why was the report only made on Nov 3?
Is it because that’s when Duterte is set to meet with China and other ASEAN leaders in Bangkok?
Fact: The ship was reported to have originated from Thailand, and the captain “decided to steer off course and moved into Scarborough Shoal, known locally as Panatag Shoal, supposedly to verify the presence of Chinese there.”…
Why would a COMMERCIAL SHIP captain need to verify the presence of Chinese in Scarborough Shoal?
All these anti-China news reports and sensationalism are harming goodwill, efforts for peace, and creating negative feelings. Who benefits from all this?