In the interest of truth and fairness, we trust that your publication would allow us to set right a bald-faced lie that had been spread against us.
Your columnist, Mr. Kit Tatad claimed in a recent piece (Stop Smartmatic and Lord Malloch-Brown, July 9, 2015) that our Chairman Lord Mark Malloch Brown met with President Benigno Aquino and two of his siblings during his recent visit to the country. This is an outright falsehood.
At no instance did Mr. Malloch Brown meet with the President or any member of his family, whether in person, over the telephone, or by any other means. In fact, they had not been in any form of correspondence for three decades. Perhaps it would be prudent for this paper to remind Mr. Tatad that being an opinion writer does not exempt one from practicing journalism ethics, and that the privilege of having a column in a national newspaper is no license to publish wild and unfounded stories that are mere figments of one’s delusion.
It is worrisome and profoundly sad when a personality of Mr. Tatad’s stature would use his column as a bully pulpit from where he could propagate lies to malign the reputation of others.
CESAR FLORES ZAVARCE
July 16, 2015