Doris Bigornia being investigated by ABS-CBN for 'rude behavior'

Broadcast journalist Doris Bigornia is being investigated by her employer ABS-CBN for an alleged rude behavior towards a reporter of rival network GMA.

The official statement of ABS-CBN reads:

"ABS-CBN News is investigating the incident involving journalist Doris Bigornia that was the subject of an open letter/complaint by a GMA reporter.

Bigornia has given her side of the story and we are now evaluating the claims and counter-claims of the two reporters.

We have also reached out to the GMA reporter to discuss the issue.

As we continue to investigate, we assure the public of our commitment to uphold the provisions of our Ethics and Standards Manual."

The statement, which was issued Thursday through ABS-CBN corporate communications head Kane Choa, was released following a viral open letter from GMA News Southern Mindanao reporter John Paul Sarsuelo Seniel to Bigornia criticizing the latter for her alleged rude behavior.

Seniel's Facebook post reads:

"Miss Doris Bigornia, please act with decency when you are with your fellow members of the media.

Maybe you did not know that we had a live report for our GMA 24 Oras Southern Mindanao Newscast, i can forgive you on that, but you acted like you did not see anyone interviewing Mr. Bong Go.

Our DMNG Engineer Al Lim Ramz politely told you to excuse yourself from our camera since you became an eye sore to my live report.
Mr. Bong Go and I were on cam, but you immediately scolded him and even told him "sapakin kita".

I don't care who you are, yes you are Doris Bigornia of ABS CBN, nauna kayo sa amin sa media, hindi pa ako nakarating sa trabaho na ito, napapanood na kita sa TV.

Pero nakakabahala ang inasta niyo. Regional Media kami, oo, pero kahit ihilera ka sa amin dito sa region, namumukod tangi kami sa rehiyon namin dahil rehiyon namin ito. Kahit sa rehiyon namin, hindi kami pa star, we work with humility and authority.

You have shown disrespect sa mas nakababata sa inyo. Huwag po kayong pa Star dahil kahit kilala po kayo ng karamihan, hindi niyo po nasisiguro kung gusto ka ba nila.

I opened this up kasi nababastosan kami sa inaasta mo. Pilipino naman po tayo. Yes our companies compete against each other, but we are still Filipinos and we should respect each other sa kung anumang trabaho meron tayo.

I have heard a lot of negative things about you, and now i fully witnessed a glimpse of your character.

But I thank you for the opportunity of testing our character in the midst of a live report, i was not distracted. We stood with good character and we delivered well.

Mindanaoans like my team (MELCHOR, JP, ALLAN) lighted a candle of good reportage and everybody follows.


Go is the executive assistant and campaign sortie manager of presumptive President Rodrigo Duterte.

As of yet, Doris Bigornia has not spoken about the controversy.