After Arnold Clavio drew flak from netizens who had watched his phone patch interview with Atty. Alfredo Villamor, alleged pork barrel queen Janet Napoles’ new lawyer, the Movie and Television Review and Classification Board (MTRCB) has called on the representatives of the GMA 7 morning show “Unang Hirit” to attend a conference on Monday, November 11.
The controversial interview happened on Tuesday, November 5. The veteran anchor’s irritation began when Villamor said that he’s not sure if Napoles will attend the Senate hearings on the PDAF (Priority Development Assistance Fund), saying that he was hired for Napoles’ illegal detention case.
“Eh sino po ba ang dapat naming kausapin dito?” (Then, who must we interview for this matter?) Clavio asked.
But his next statements were just as widely- criticized.
He said irately, “Pasira ka ng araw eh. Tatawa-tawa ka pa!” and “Wala po akong nakuha sa inyo.” (You ruined our day. You are even laughing! I really didn’t get anything from you).
As of posting time, the video of the interview has 14,274 hits.
In a text message to Yahoo Philippines OMG!, MTRCB chair Atty. Toto Villareal said, “We also want to hear the program’s side and how they can self-regulate vs any incident similar to the alleged one.”
Meanwhile, on Thursday, November 7 via “Unang Hirit,” Clavio said he just wanted to shed some light on the issue, but he also expressed his apologies to those who were offended by his remarks.