MANILA: ZHUBIZ – Arnold Clavio on Karen Davila’s lament over ‘who’s next after Rappler’ joke: ‘Solidarity and courage’ is the message



GMA newscaster Arnold Clavio took to Instagram to call out ABS-CBN newscaster Karen Davila after the latter tweeted she was saddened that some colleagues were making fun of Rappler’s issue with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Last Jan. 11, the SEC ordered for the revocation of online news site Rappler’s license to operate.

Davila appears to be pertaining to Clavio and his radio show on Super Radyo DZBB 594khz last Tuesday, Jan. 16. Clavio, along with co-hosts Mike Enriquez and Susan Enriquez, allegedly made fun of Rappler’s closure order, hinting that ABS-CBN will be next.




In Davila’s Twitter account, she retweeted a link to an Inquirer column by physician and medical anthropologist Gideon Lasco, who wrote about the Rappler and SEC issue. Lasco wrote that despite the threats towards institutions, now is the time for solidarity among those who find themselves at the receiving end of repression.

Davila wrote, “YES! Key words – solidarity & courage. It saddens me to hear some colleagues making jokes on air on Rappler being shut down or which one’s next.”


Image: Twitter/@iamkarendavila

During the radio show last Tuesday, Clavio apparently sang a Balitawit (news-song) on air amidst fits of laughter, with the lyrics, “May narinig ako sa may Ignacia ay susunod na. May narinig ako kay Maria Ressa na nauna na.

Enriquez then blurted out, “Susunod na kayo.” (You guys are next.)

Clavio, on the other hand, took a screenshot of Davila’s tweet and posted it on his own Instagram page. There, he wrote a long message for Davila, tagging her own Instagram account in the process.

“Is this your post @iamkarendavila? Can’t believe you didn’t even get our side,” wrote Clavio. “Halatang hindi mo kasi napanood o napakinggan eh at naki-tsismis kalang.” (It’s obvious you didn’t watch or listen, you just looked for gossip.)

Image: Instagram/@akosiigan

Clavio said that “solidarity and courage” was indeed the message behind his Balitawit. He wrote the refrain of his Balitawit for Davila to see: “Panahon na naman ng paglaban. Panahon na naman. Panahon na naman ng paglaban. Gumising ka. Tara na!” (It’s time again to fight. It’s time. It’s time again to fight. Wake up. Let’s go.)

Maraming salamat sa nakaintindi,” said Clavio. “Sa hindi like yousorry na lang.” (Thank you to those who understood. For those who didn’t, like you, well, sorry.) JB

The Philippine Daily Inquirer

By: Cody Cepeda
03:37 PM January 22, 2018


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