MARIA CORAZON S. Dacong, former colleague of Karen Davila, Associate Producer of the now-defunct GMA-7 program ‘Brigada Siete’ and now an Executive Producer at ABS-CBN, defends Davila on the ‘plagiarism’ issue raised by book author Angela Stuart-Santiago thru her blog post entitled: “plagiarism and, uh, karen davila? is that you?!”.
Dacong cited her source from ABS-CBN, that the documentary special ‘Laban ni Cory’ was produced by ABS-CBN News and Current Affairs department with hosts Karen Davila, Korina Sanchez, and Julius Babao. It should be clarified that it was the Segment Writer that should be held responsible with this matter, not Davila, and “wala siyang kasalanan dito, nagbasa lang siya.”
Through her comment on the blog post, Dacong stressed that she has worked with Davila and she knows very well her work ethics. She described Davila as “hardworking, padded ng information ang report, at siya mismo ang sumusulat at nag-co-cover.”
“Please be fair with Karen, hindi naman niya ilalagay sa alanganin ang kredibilidad niya bilang broadcaster, bilang TOYM awardee at bilang isang tao. Marami na rin siyang pinuhunan para maging Karen Davila. She’s a God-fearing woman, magaling na broadcaster, patas, a great mother, and a wife. Hindi naman siguro tama na binabato siya ng MALING ISSUE,” said Dacong in her post.
She added, “Unfair kay Karen dahil hindi naman siya ang sumulat ng segment niya, not unlike sa Correspondent [na] siya talaga ang sumusulat, interview and shoot… Sana bago natin husgahan ang isang tao, alamin muna natin at SANA MAGLABAS NG STATEMENT ANG ABS-CBN PARA NAMAN MALINIS ANG PANGALAN NI KAREN DAVILA. Unfair, sana tinigilan na natin ang mga taong NAGTA-TRABAHO LANG AT WALANG PINEPERSONAL.”
Santiago, in her latest comment as of this writing, stated: “Pusang gala 😉 interesting nga. If Davila will stick to that excuse, na wala siyang kinalaman sa pagsulat ng script na iyon, e di tagabasa nga lang siya. So yung pagka-‘broadcast journalist’ niya ay hindi pala all the time. Kung minsan lang. Porma lang. I suppose this is true, too of her fellow ‘broadcast journalists’? So parang guessing game, we never know what we’re listening to, a reader or a journalist. So now when I listen to any of them, I’ll be wondering, do they really know what they’re saying? How credible is that?”
ABS-CBN is yet to release an official statement on this matter.
Santiago, on a comment posted on her blog nearly three hours before this update, stated that Maria Ressa, Head of ABS-CBN News and Current Affairs, has already read the former’s blog post and ‘the spirited debate’ and said, via an email message, that: “We don’t condone plagiarism in any way,” and she has started an investigation [on this matter].
Karen Davila image is broken from here.
Maria Corazon S. Dacong statement from Stuart-Santiago blog is broken from here.