TV5 anchor Ed Lingao engaged netizens in a “debate” Sunday (June 26) on what constituted as “journalism” in the era of President-elect Rodrigo Duterte.
Lingao threw down the gauntlet after reading a story on politics.com.ph about how Mocha Uson, a sexy performer, “outscooped” traditional journalists when she managed to get a one-on-one interview with Duterte.
Lingao posted a link of the politics.com.ph story on his Facebook page along with a sarcastic remark. “Fascinating. So now, a visit by an avid supporter is defined as journalism,” he wrote, clearly referring to Mocha.
In a Facebook post, Mocha bared that she got hold of Duterte at the “Malacañang of the South” in Panacan, Davao by approaching contacts she made during the campaign.
Lingao would later edit his post to issue this “challenge” to supposed journalism experts:
Mocha’s “scoop” came amid Duterte’s boycott of mainstream media.
Earlier this month, Lingao grabbed headlines when Facebook deleted his post wherein he slammed the proposed burial of former President Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani–something that Duterte approved.