The Kapisanan ng mga Brodkaster ng Pilipinas (KBP) criticized Sonshine Media Network International (SMNI) for violating the Code of Conduct by allowing hosts to claim that Speaker Ferdinand Martin Romualdez spent P1.8 billion on his travels. This adds to the concerns previously raised about SMNI fielding unaccredited broadcasters.
During the House committee on legislative franchises meeting, KBP general counsel Atty. Rudolph Jularbal expressed concern about SMNI violating the Code of Conduct by allowing hosts to claim Speaker Romualdez spent P1.8 billion on his travels. The assessment came in response to queries from committee members, including Antipolo 2nd District Rep. Romeo Acop.
“So he is not accredited as an official member of the Kapisanan ng Brodkaster ng Pilipinas, tama? And did I hear it also right na ang miyembro ay ang network? And therefore if the network is a member of the Kapisanan, it is bound to follow your code of conduct or code of ethics?” Acop said, which Jularbal confirmed.
“And therefore if we follow your logic, if the network is bound by the Code of Ethics or the Code of Conduct of the Kapisanan ng Brodkaster ng Pilipinas, then they should abide with the provisions of the code of conduct […] Now, after hearing all the discussions, the questions and answers this afternoon, would you say that they have followed the provisions of your Code of Conduct?” Acop asked.
SMNI program host not accredited – KBP
“Your Honor, we beg your indulgence, but in the context of what has been presented and of which I am informed in this hearing, the network is lacking in observance of the Code of Conduct,” Jularbal replied.
In response to Quezon 2nd District Rep. David Suarez’s query about journalistic practices, KBP general counsel Atty. Rudolph Jularbal highlighted the importance of responsible reporting and adherence to the Code of Conduct.
Journalists and broadcasters are encouraged to verify information before presenting it to the public, especially when it involves potentially damaging claims about public figures.
Suarez raised this question due to Celis’ persistent claim that the information about Romualdez’s alleged P1.8 billion travel expenses came from a source within the Senate.