Sorsogon Governor Chiz Escudero defended Toni Gonzaga after the latter's controversial interview with Bongbong Marcos.
On his Twitter page, Chiz remarked, "Toni Gonzaga has the freedom & right to interview whomsoever she may want to in her platforms."
Chiz added that netizens have also the freedom to watch the interview or not.
"Whether or not you agree with the interviewee or her is totally up to you because you too have the freedom & right to watch or not to watch or like/dislike…. #mychannelmyright," he said.
Toni Gonzaga has the freedom & right to interview whomsoever she may want to in her platforms. Whether or not you agree with the interviewee or her is totally up to you because you too have the freedom & right to watch or not to watch or like/dislike…. ✌️#mychannelmyright— Chiz Escudero (@SayChiz) September 17, 2021
Toni received criticisms after she interviewed Bongbong in her Toni Talks segment on her YouTube channel. The video was uploaded last September 13 on Toni's channel.
Following the interview, the Ateneo Martial Law Museum published an open letter for Toni, inviting the television host to interview the Martial Law victims.
"May we invite you to instead talk to the victims and surviving families of the Martial Law regime? The Ateneo Martial Law Museum stands ready to facilitate your encounter with the victims of Martial Law and with the truth," the open letter said.
"Hearing their stories and struggles will be much more inspirational for your audience than talking to anyone from the Marcos family," the letter added.
Toni's friend, Bianca Gonzalez, also released a statement, voicing out her stand about the issue.
"Many of you have been tagging me. My stand has, ever since, been very public: #NeverForget and #NeverAgain. I might have even seen some of you at the rallies," Bianca said.
Bianca also relayed that she reached out to Toni in private about the matter.
"I've gotten messages asking, 'Bakit tahimik ka sa issue??' As a friend, I choose to reach out privately and dialogue respectfully, instead of 'call out' publicly. Because for me, that is what a true friend would do," she stated.