Anthony Taberna takes leave of absence to avoid 'conflict of interest'

To avoid a conflict of interest, ABS-CBN news personality Anthony Taberna took a leave of absence from his shows and programs on ABS-CBN.


More popularly known as Ka Tunying, the TV anchor said in a statement on Instagram that he has a religious belief and responsibilities as a broadcaster at the same time, which may affect his credibility in tackling issues that involve the Iglesia Ni Cristo.

Taberna is a devout INC member and host/anchor of various radio and television programs on the Kapamilya network. He said the controversies surrounding the Church may persuade him from exercising impartiality as a broadcast journalist.


In a statement released Monday, August 31st, ABS-CBN Integrated News head Ging Reyes said:

"We respect Anthony Taberna's personal decision to take a leave of absence from his duties as a TV anchor/reporter and Radio commentator to avoid any conflict of interest in the coverage of issues surrounding the Iglesia Ni Cristo, of which he is a member."

Taberna's "wish to separate his roles as an active INC member and a journalist to avoid compromising his objectivity" was put into consideration, Reyes added.

Incidents leading to his announcement on taking a break must be very difficult for him.

In July, Taberna was criticized online after he inhibited himself from discussing the so-called INC crisis, noting that his statement might be considered self-serving and would be misinterpreted by the parties involved.

His uncle, expelled INC Minister Isaias Samson, filed a serious illegal detention complaint against members of the INC's Sanggunian (council). However, he chose to join the rally staged by INC members at EDSA-Shaw Boulevard over the weekend.

Last week, two armed riding-in-tandem fired at his newly-opened cafe. Police said the motive might have something to do with his job as a broadcaster.

Mga kapamilya, napakalungkot po na nagpapaalam po muna ako sa programa namin na Dos por Dos at Umagang Kayganda dahil sa mga kaganapan po ngayon. Ako po bilang aktibong miyembro ng Iglesia ni Cristo ay nasa isang sitwasyon na hindi maaaring maging credible sa pagtalakay sa isyung may kinalaman dito. Mayroon po akong paniniwalang pangrelihiyon at mayroon din naman akong tungkulin bilang mamamahayag, bagay na hindi po maaaring pagsamahin ngayon dahil sa tinatawag na conflict of interest. Agad pong pinahintulutan ng pangasiwaan ng ABSCBN Integrated News and Current Affairs ang aking leave of absence mula ngayon hanggang sa humupa ang partikular na isyung may kinalaman ang INC. Maraming salamat po sa inyong pang-unawa sa aking napakahirap na kalagayan sa ngayon. Sa mga hindi naman hindi makakaunawa, nauunawaan ko po Kayo. 😀 @itsmegerryb @ukgdos @rosseltaberna @gingreyes @donnacueto
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