This was Karen Davila’s response when asked if she was ever offered money as a bribe in her 27-year career as a broadcast journalist.
In an interview with showbiz reporter Ogie Diaz, Karen admitted a few people have attempted to bribe her while doing shows on radio back then.
“Alam mo ang pinakamalaking attempt sa suhol? Sa radyo. Kasi sa radyo, hindi mo alam ang komentaryo eh. Napakadali,” she said.
But Karen said she has never accepted any amount of money because she didn’t want to taint her profession.
“Ito po ang masasabi ko sa inyo na talagang with a straight face is all the times na I have been offered, I have never taken a single centavo in my life. Because I felt ayoko babuyin ‘yung propesyon ko,” she said.
Karen went on to share that she earned the respect of the public because of her integrity.
“Hindi din naman ako Ogie magiging ganito o rerespetuhin ng ganito kung kakalat rin eh. Na ‘ay tumatanggap ‘yan’. Kakalat ‘yun. Alam niyo, maliit ang Pilipinas, maliit ang news. Malalaman nila. Nako, tumitira ‘yan pero tumatanggap ‘yan. Tumanggap ‘yan sa ganitong pulitiko,” she said.
The 50-year-old broadcast journalist said she feels hurt whenever she gets accused of accepting money especially since she has always tried to protect her reputation in the industry over the years.
“So ako po, okay binabash ako, tinitira ako, masakit ‘yun. No one can say ‘Wow bayaran ‘yan’ and you know, I’m being accused of that. That hurts me because it hurts me when you’ve made such an effort na hindi gawin ‘yun tapos ‘yun pa ang ititira sa’yo,” she said.
“But what’s important is, well, the Lord knows, but my bosses know. For me, important na alam ng mga boss ko sa ABS ‘yun, ng mga kasamahan ko,” she added.
Asked what’s the biggest offer she has received, she answered: “May name your price. Sabi, ‘Name your price kada-buwan’ and I said, ‘What?’ and then nagbanggit ng iba pa pang mga anchors like ‘Si ganito, ganito presyo niya, si ganu’n ito presyo niya’. Dinala pa ako sa restaurant nu’n. And magugulat ka kasi it was an oil industry issue.”
“Minsan, magugulat ka it’s not the issues you think. But sabi, ‘Karen, no one will ever know’ and I said, ‘But, I will know’ and I said, ‘It’s not true that no one ever knows, people will always know,’” she added.