ABS-CBN News chief defends airing of Chinese newscast on ANC

A guard passes logo of ABS-CBN at the network’s compound, a day it was ordered shut by National Telecommunications Commission, May 6, 2020. The STAR/Michael Varca. Sketched by the Pan Pacific Agency.

MANILA, Apr 16, 2021, PhilStar. ABS-CBN Integrated News and Current Affairs chief Ging Reyes defended the airing of a Chinese language newscast on ABS-CBN News Channel (ANC), saying this should not be equated with China’s incursions into the West Philippine Sea and cautioning against racism, The Philippine Star reported.

“The airing on ANC of Chinatown News should not be equated with the intrusions in the West Philippine Sea. Chinatown News is produced by fellow Filipinos who belong to the Filipino-Chinese community. They are part of Philippine society,” Reyes said, assuring that ABS-CBN retains editorial control over the newscast’s content.

She added, “Rather than belittle their attempt to provide a service to their local community, it’s time we considered embracing the diversity of this land we all call home.”

Despite her defense of the newscast, she said she understood the concerns raised on China’s incursions in the West Philippine Sea and other issues surrounding the regional power’s relations with the Philippines.

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