MANILA—The Social Security Commission (SSC), the governing body of Social Security System (SSS), over the weekend, took umbrage over the erroneous news reporting of ABS-CBN’s Balitang Global on the pension fund’s proposal for the mandatory SSS coverage of Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs).
“The malicious innuendos in the commentary following the erroneous news report is unfair to SSS which is pushing for the mandatory coverage of OFWs which is for their own good and benefit. Contribution collections of SSS is used for members’ benefits,” said SSC Chairman Amado D. Valdez.
The SSC threatened to sue ABS-CBN’s Balitang Global over the erroneous report and irresponsible commentary.
SSS issued the statement after an erroneous report came out at Balitang Global, a news program for OFWs in Middle East hosted by Henry Omaga Diaz and Zen Hernandez, aired on April 16 at The Filipino Channel (TFC) and on ABS-CBN News Channel (ANC) on April 17.
The news program incorrectly reported in the introduction of the news report of Mye Mulingtapang about the mandatory coverage for OFWs pushed by SSS that SSS President and Chief Executive Officer Emmanuel F. Dooc himself flew to Italy to personally explain and discuss the proposal to OFWs.
Dooc, since his assumption in office in November 2016, has never left the country for any official business trip.
SSS already called the attention of the hosts, writers and producers of the show and immediately admitted their mistake through an official letter.
The SSC is still deliberating whether to continue to file the case against ABS-CBN’s Balitang Global or to accept the apology.