Sinagot na ng pahayagang Bulgar ang kampo ni 2018 Miss Universe Catriona Gray na humihingi ng P10 million in damages at public apology kasunod ng pagkalat ng fake na hubad na mga retrato ng beauty queen.
Sa pamamagitan official statement na personal na sinulat ng entertainment editor na si Janice Navida para sa 2018 Miss Universe, ipinaliwanag nila ang kanilang panig kasunod ng pagkakalathala ng naging ulat ng kanilang writerna si Melba Llanera.
Ayon sa entertainment editor na kasalukuyang naka 14-day quarantine, ika-3 na ng Agosto nang mabasa nila ang demand letter mula sa kampo ni Catriona Gray na ipinadala noong ika-30 ng Hulyo.
“It’s really unfortunate and I feel so sorry that we came to this point when we could have talked nicely,” bungad na pahayag sa statement.
“I want you to know that we truly honor and acknowledge all your hard work and effort to build that name and to deserve that most prestigious crown.“I personally believe that you’re truly an amazing pride of our country and that’s why we look up to you with highest respect and that we also care for your image,” sabi pa ng entertainment editor sa statement.
Nilinaw rin ng Bulgar na sa kalagitnaan ng mga naging trending na aksyon sa social media ni Clint Bondad ang dating nobyo ni Catriona, nang kanilang natanggap ang ilan sa umano’y topless na retrato ng Pinay Miss Universe.
“The first thing that got into our mind if of course, is this true or fake?” ani Entertainment Editor. “Of course, you got our sympathy without asking for it [because] as I’ve said, women should be respected at all times. And this is evident in the articles being published in our newspaper and online platform, Bulgar, for consecutive days from the time the controversy involving you and Mr. Bondad started.”
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Nilinaw rin ng Bulgar editor na ang intensyon lamang nila sa paglathala ng sinulat ng kanilang writer ay ipagbigay alam lang sa mga readers na mayroong kumakalat na retrato sa social media.
“Our intention is to inform the readers, not just you and your camp, that someone, or maybe a group of people, is doing this, spreading the obscene photo through online to destroy your name.”
Binigyang diin rin sa bahagi ng kanilang artikulo na nasa panig sila ni Catriona Gray. “Kung sakaling totoo ito at hindi edited lang, ‘di na namin papangalanan pero tiyak na may ideya na ang ibang tao kung sino ang maaaring nasa likod ng paglalabas nito.”
Nagpahayag rin ng suporta ang entertainment editor sa ginawang aksyon ng Pinay Miss Universe sa paglapit nito sa NBI (National Bureau of Investigation) upang alamin ang salarin sa pagsira sa kaniyang pangalan at repustasyon.
“I hope too that you may see our intention to help you in clearing your name to the whole universe that the nude photo circulating online is fake and edited only, that’s why when we learned about your clarification on the matter, we quickly posted your camp’s statement on our Facebook page and website to enlighten everybody about that controversial photo,” bahagi ng statement.
“And we also would want to reiterate that even when we decided to publish in print and uploaded the said photo in our FB page, we did our part to protect you-because you deserve that - by not releasing the original photo sent to us, instead we blurred the private part because our intention is not to those the readers that ‘eliciting to the mind’ portion but just to inform everyone that there’s someone or maybe a group of people that want to destroy you.”
Ayon pa sa entertainment editor, iba man ang interpretasyon sa titulong Bulgar na kanilang pahayagan, paninidigan, katotohanan lang at pantay na pagbabalita lang ang kanilang nais.
Mensahe pa ng entertainment editor kay Catriona Gray: “I understand how you felt when this news came out, It’s a natural reaction of a person being destroyed helplessly, especially you’re holding the most prestigious title.”
“But please consider to understand that we are here not to be your enemy but to help you clear your name [because] we know the feeling that you are being talked about behind your back and have no way to defend yourself.”
Naniniwala rin ang entertainment editor na maliliwanagan rin si Catriona sa kanilang naging punto sa paglathala ng kanilang balita.
“I believe you are smart enough to see clearly the whole situation. And you can understand our side as a media entity.”
“Thank you so much for your most precious time and for giving us the opportunity to be heard. I hope we can have the chance to meet in person in the future.”