Manila, Philippines – KAPUSO news anchor Arnold Clavio has issued a statement about the brouhaha triggered by his deemed “racist” remarks against members of the National Football team known as Azkals.
In his statement released March 14, he said he didn’t intend to come off as prejudiced against them. The statement read: “Mga igan, nakakalungkot na may negatibong reaksyon ang naging pahayag ko tungkol sa Philippine Azkals kaugnay ng sexual harassment complaint ni Ms. Cristy Ramos.”
Recall that Wednesday morning, Clavio earned the ire of Azkals fans and netizens alike after he lashed out on the team, calling them “insensitive” over their seemingly unsatisfactory efforts in addressing Match Commissioner Cristy Ramos’ sexual harassment complaint against members Lexton Moy and Angel Guirado.
In the Monday episode of the morning show “Unang Hirit,” a seething Clavio sounded off.
“Dapat maging aral na sa inyo ‘yan. Ang yayabang niyo. Porke’t dinadagsa kayo ng mga [fans] ang guguwapo ni’yo, ‘di ba?. Parang God’s gift to women,” said he. “Ngayon nag-sorry para daw sa isa nilang kasamahan. Saan ka nakakitang Azkal na may suso? Anong ‘Cup D, maybe a Cup B’ sa isang kasama? Palusot na lang ‘yon. Sana kung nag-sorry, sorry na lang talaga,” he added.
Seemingly carried away by his utter disappointment over the team’s attitude, he said, “Eh, hindi naman kayo Filipino, nagpapanggap lang kayong kayumanggi, hindi dito lumaki. Mahirap ‘yon, insensitive.”
In his statement, the broadcast personality admitted that he might have been out of line with his comments.
“Ang isyu po rito ay sexual harassment at kung may nagamit man po akong mga salita na hindi angkop, nagpapakumbaba po ako at humihingi ng pang-unawa,” said he.
He, however, reiterated that the sexual harassment complaint ought to be given the full attention of the authorities.
“Dun naman po sa mga kasama kong nanindigan laban sa sexual harassment, maraming salamat po. Seryoso pong isyu ito na dapat bantayan.” (Bulletin Entertainment Online)