San Beda Lawyer Questions the Silence of GMA News & Politicians Regarding Clavio & Balabagan Issue

Veteran San Beda Lawyer and now a prominent member of the mainstream media, Atty. Bruce V. Rivera questioned the deepening silence of the mainstream media particularly GMA News and some politicians regarding the issue involving Arnold Clavio and Sarah Balabagan.



According to Atty. Bruce Rivera a very reliable source told her in confidence that she was able to talk to Sarah Balabagan and revealed that the former OFW plans to file a case against Clavio.



The said source is nowhere to be found right now and there are reports that she was hidden by a public official.

Atty. Rivera also noted that despite the silence of Arnold Clavio to deny or admit the allegations of Sarah Balabagan, it is perplexing why it is difficult to admit or deny if he was the father.

The veteran lawyer explained further that the crime is already prescribed so there will be no criminal prosecution. So, the least Arnold Clavio can do is recognize his child or even make an honest woman out of her.

The San Beda lawyer claimed that he is already part of media, he would surely ask himself what moral ascendancy will he have exposing government corruption, human frailties, moral depravity and lament the decay of society if he have conveniently hushed an oppression of collosal implications perpetrated by someone covered with the same ethical standards as anyone who wants to cal himself or herself a "journalist."



Read the Complete Statement of Atty. Bruce Rivera:

PUBLIC OFFICERS INVOLVED?

A very reliable source told me in confidence that she was able to talk to Sarah Balabagan because a female ambassador took her to her house and Sarah confided in her about her relationship with a journalist and her plans to file a case against him. My source also told me she disappeared after that incident and she heard her name when she heard me mention it in Boljak.

So, may tanong ako. If she was hidden by public official, what was the reason? If it was to protect Sarah due to her minority, well and good. However, if she was hidden to protect the abuser, it leaves a very bad taste in the mouth. If it was an open secret, as discussed by industry colleagues, does it mean GMA knew about it and suppressed that fact from the public? Worst, Amb. Roy SeƱeres died without being exculpated as the suspected father, one generated by the rumor mill.

Despite the silence of Clavio to deny or admit the allegations of Balabagan, it is perplexing why it is difficult to admit or deny if he was the father. After all, prescribed na ang crime so there will be no criminal prosecution. So, the least he can do is recognize his child or even make an honest woman out of her.

Does Clavio not realize that this is an issue that drills itself as a major thorn in Philippine journalism? Should media and its leaders continue being quiet and risk losing its credibility as the fourth estate when it chose to be blind when someone they see as their own is being alleged as having impregnated a traumatized minor he was covering as a journalist?



I am already part of media. And I would surely ask myself what moral ascendancy will I have exposing government corruption, human frailties, moral depravity and lament the decay of society if I have conveniently hushed an oppression of collosal implications perpetrated by someone covered with the same ethical standards as anyone who wants to call himself or herself a "journalist".

So, before the Filipino people see the hypocrisy and destroy what is left of our integrity erroded by years of systemic flaws, media should take a stand against oppression and abuse of the weakest ESPECIALLY when the oppressor is our own.

In the .meantimd, the silence of all the politicians is beginning to sicken me.

Bruce Villafuerte Rivera
Salvador Panelo
Martin Andanar
Gemma Sotto
MJ Quiambao Reyes
Lorraine Marie T. Badoy
Lorna Rivera
Edmund Tayao
Malou Tiquia
Daddie Wowie

Source: Atty. Bruce Rivera FB Page

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