GMA Network has released the following statement on the incident involving news reporter Jun Veneracion, whose cellular phone was grabbed by SPD Chief Police Brig. Gen. Nolasco Bathan during the Traslacion 2020 coverage:
Jun Veneracion was doing his job as a member of the press when the incident happened. He was not doing anything illegal or improper when SPD Chief Police Brig. Gen. Nolasco Bathan, without explanation, grabbed his phone.
The matter has been reported to DILG Sec Eduardo Año for his appropriate action. While Jun eventually got his phone back and PBGen Bathan has apologized, GMA hopes a similar aggressive incident against any member of the media is not repeated.