Philippine Daily Inquirer

IN­QUIRER.NET STATE­MENT ONPEPSI PALOMA STO­RIES

- Abe­lardo S. Ulan­day Pub­lisher and Ed­i­tor in Chief In­quirer.net Tonga · PepsiCo · Pepsi · Belarus · Iceland · Vicente Sotto III · Belgium

In­quirer.net man­age­ment has de­cided to tem­po­rar­ily make the opin­ion pieces on the Pepsi Paloma case un­avail­able on the site pend­ing a re­view of the al­le­ga­tions made there by USbased writer Atty. Rodel Rodis, who is not an em­ployee of In­quirer.net but who has been con­tribut­ing opin­ion pieces to us once a month.

Sen. Vi­cente Sotto III, in a let­ter to In­quirer.net on May 29, 2018, made a for­mal re­quest for the pieces to be taken down, claim­ing they were un­ver­i­fied and “have been neg­a­tively af­fect­ing my rep­u­ta­tion for the long­est time.” The opin­ion pieces had been posted on the site since March 2014.

Like what we do with sim­i­lar re­quests on sto­ries posted on our site, we asked Atty. Rodis to sub­stan­ti­ate some of the al­le­ga­tions he made on his con­trib­uted pieces through an e-mail we sent to him on June 23, 2018. Up to now, we haven’t re­ceived any re­ply from him.

In mak­ing this de­ci­sion, we are ad­her­ing to jour­nal­ism’s core val­ues of ac­cu­racy, fair­ness, bal­ance, in­tegrity and re­spon­si­bil­ity. Any doubt or ques­tion on the ve­rac­ity of ar­ti­cles is taken se­ri­ously and dealt with prop­erly in ac­cor­dance with our val­ues and prin­ci­ples. We do this with all sto­ries, fea­tures and opin­ion pieces.

We be­lieve this is not a ques­tion of press free­dom but the ve­rac­ity of a story. We thank the pub­lic for your con­cern. Rest as­sured that In­quirer.net re­mains to up­hold what is true and fair with­out com­pro­mis­ing our val­ues.

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Abe­lardo S. Ulan­day

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