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Petron denies bribing media

September 7, 2006

By Erwin Ambo S. Delilan

A TOP official of Petron Corporation denied Wednesday allegations that they are bribing media people, both in Manila and Western Visayas, by giving them P500 each daily, to contain adverse publicity against their company regarding the Guimaras oil spill.

“This is not true,” stressed Jose Campos, Petron’s Vice President for Sales and Marketing, in a press conference held at the L’Fisher Hotel Wednesday morning.

Reports on alleged Petron’s bribery scattered in the Internet via http://www.projectsunshine.org

The web site also posted blogs alleging Petron’s pleas for innocence. But Campos said these were all baseless.

“If we are giving P500 to each of the mediaman from Manila, Bacolod and Iloilo that covers the oil spill issue, perhaps, we haven’t suffered from bad publicity since the start of the oil spill on August 11, he said.

“Maybe we can offer food or sort of snacks for the media people but not basically cash,” he added.

(For more Petron PR lines, click Denial King, Sept. 7, 2006.)

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IS Joey Campos stupid or just acting stupid? Read his friend’s comment in my post on Sept. 6 regarding story “Worst of oil spill behind us”.

Of course no one actually believed that Petron would admit bribing reporters, especially with just P500. But it’s good the question was asked. Of course, the going rate for reporters and desk editors in Manila to tweak or kill a story like this is nowhere near P500.

Maybe it’s just semantics. The allegation is that Petron has been “trying” to bribe the local reporters. There was no allegation that anyone actually accepted the money as most of the reporters usually return it to Petron’s lackey. And if you notice, the local reporters continue to write their truthful stories.

However, Joey should ask his PR consultant why she keeps on boasting that she has “spoken” with certain Manila-based newspapers, whose editors she feels she is close to. In this business, when a PR uses terms like “spoke” or “talked to” or the Tagalog equivalent, “nakausap ko na,” everyone understands that there was more than just spit that was exchanged.

Of course, there is no actual proof of this financial exchanges. No editor or reporter in his right mind would sign any piece of paper just to enable the PR to liquidate her media “expenses.” But as far as the turn of the stories have gone here in Manila, and I read all of them ’til my eyes are crossed believe me! there has been a subtle but perceptive change in their flavor towards Petron. In fact, a lot of stories from the provinces don’t make it anymore to the pages of the Manila papers most of us trust. We wonder why, but then again, not.

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2 comments

  1. “Reports on alleged Petron’s bribery scattered in the Internet via http://www.projectsunshine.org

    The web site also posted blogs alleging Petron’s pleas for innocence. But Campos said these were all baseless.”

    >>> i visited http://www.projectsunshine.org and it’s a website for children with cancer and AIDS… 🙂


  2. I think what the reporter meant was http://www.projectsunrise.org pinoy socdem 🙂

    Sorry, I just post ’em like I see ’em. Thanks for the correction.



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