Karen Davila says she was only put in an awkward spot, given the context of the whole interview.
Journalist Karen Davila thanked athlete-cum-politician Manny Pacquiao for “setting the record straight” with regards to their controversial one-on-one interview on ANC’s Headstart last Tuesday.
This comes after the veteran reporter drew flak for her no-holds-barred questioning as she and Manny discussed the recent proposal to require public officials, particularly senators and presidents, a college degree before running for a seat in the legislative, to which the latter said he agrees on.
"Pero kung ganun, baka hindi ka na mag-qualify," said Karen.
"Hindi, nag-aaral naman ako," revealed the Boxing Champ, but refused to go into details.
“Naghahanda naman ako. Ako kasi yung tao na hindi kailangang pagsabihan kundi ginagawa ko yung kailangan kong gawin. Like boxing, boxer ako, champion, but actually hindi lang boxing ang sport ko, basketball, volleyball, chess, billiards. Kumbaga, nilalaro ko lahat,” he added.
On social media, thousands of netizens called out Karen for being “rude” and “condescending” with the way she had interviewed Manny.
The athlete has since defended the journalist, however, citing that he “was never offended by her manner of questioning” in an official statement he released last Friday.
“Isa po siyang batikan sa larangan ng broadcasting. Kung may formal training sa boxing, may formal training din sa education,” he said.
Through a series of tweets last Saturday, Karen explained that she was but only put in an awkward spot, given the context of the whole interview.
In the end, Karen said that she’s grateful to Manny for addressing the public to “stop the hate” towards her.