President Benigno S. Aquino III slammed former Vice President and TV Patrol anchor Kabayan Noli De Castro during his speech at the 25th Anniversary Party of TV Patrol held July 27 at the Manila Hotel.
In his speech, PNOY criticized Noli De Castro for supposed baseless speculation and commentaries against the administration despite his 6 years stint in the government. Although the president did not mention any name, reading between the lines will suffice for anyone to conclude that it was Kabayan, being an ex-government official.
PNOY said that in an October 2011 story on TV Patrol, a reporter talked about a 20% increase in passenger arrivals at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 3. The President said that Noli De Castro (without naming him) then retorted, “Nasa NAIA 3 ka kasi. Kung nasa NAIA 1 ka, doon malala.”
"Napaisip nga po ako. ‘Yung nagkomento nito, hindi ba’t anim na taon ding tumangan sa renda ng gobyerno? Sabihin na po nating minana lang din nila ang problema; ‘di hamak mas luma naman ang ipinamana nilang problema sa amin."
“Anim na taon ang ipinagkaloob sa kanya para tumulong sa pagsasaayos ng mismong inireklamo niya. Pero ngayon, tayo na nga ang may bitbit na problema, tayo na nga ang tutugon dito, pero masakit nga ho, may gana pang hiritan ng nagpamana?”
PNOY also used Kabayan Noli De Castro's signature line:
"May naitutulong po ba ang mga walang-basehang spekulasyon? Kung alam mong opinion-maker ka, alam mo rin dapat na mayroon kang responsibilidad. Sana po, sa tuwing sasabihin nating, and I quote, ‘magandang gabi, bayan,’ ay totoong hinahangad nating maganda ang gabi ng bayan.’"
The President on his speech called for a balanced media reporting and stop what he called as 'daily negativism' which make our news programs somewhat like a horror film series. PNOY ended his speech by asking for understanding for his being frank that night.
Watch PNOY's full speech at the TV Patrol 25th Anniversary Party held Friday, July 27. For the full speech transcript, click here.