MANILA, Philippines - The Philippine Football Federation (PFF) has lodged an official complaint against GMA 7 anchor Arnold Clavio following alleged “racial slurs” made during GMA's morning show Unang Hirit Tuesday, March 13.
In a letter addressed to GMA 7 President & COO Gilberto R. Duavit Jr. the PFF asked GMA to launch an internal investigation into the matter and asked that sanctions be filed against Clavio. It called Clavio’s comments “racist, discriminatory, libelous and malicious” and called on Clavio to issue a written apology.
“The unquantifiable damage and injury to the PFF and the Philippine Men's National Football Team have already been inflicted by the scurrilous and discriminatory words emanating from the mouth of your TV host Arnold Clavio.”
Clavio was the number one trending topic on Twitter Philippines from March 13 to 14 after public outrage ensued on social media. Clavio has since issued a statement apologizing for the remark. Clavio clarified that harm was not intended and that his comments were in line with another issue, that of the sexual harassmenrt complaint filed by Cristy Ramos, one he said needed to be watched closely.
Mga igan, nakakalungkot na may negatibong reaksyon ang naging pahayag ko tungkol sa Philippine Azkals kaugnay ng sexual harassment complaint ni Ms. Cristy Ramos. Wala po akong ganoong intensyon. 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. Dun naman po sa mga kasama kong nanindigan laban sa sexual harassment, maraming salamat po. Seryoso pong isyu ito na dapat bantayan.
Read a copy of the letter sent by PFF to GMA 7 below: