“You won’t notice it, but the CNN had an agenda. I will be writing them (CNN) and also the DoT (Department of Tourism). I will tell them. ‘Take what they said back.’ Pull out the ads if they don’t, I will block the DoT budget during budget deliberations,” [Sotto] said.Referring to a "special feature" which featured a native Philippine dish called pagpag which consists of ingredients obtained from garbage cans, Sotto lamented the way "negative" news dominates news media features about the Philippines when there are, according to him, lots of nice things to feature about the country instead...
Sotto said it cannot be helped but to feel that the country has been “stabbed in the back,” considering that the government poured in its resources on the cable news channel to uplift its image, only to be slapped in return by damaging stories on poverty in the country.
“We had to place ads in CNN and then that negative feature comes out? Why didnt CNN feature the fishermen who use their catch to feed their families? Why use the leftover food that is being highlighted? There was a bad intention. The ads should be pulled out of CNN.
“What they featured was about pagpag. There are 90 million Filipinos. Why didn’t CNN feature Sen. Manuel “Manny” Villar who came from the poor but rose to become a billionaire? He was so poor then but then became an entrepreneur who became a billionaire. Why feature something like those scrounging for leftovers? There is an agenda.Rags-to-riches stories are statistically exceptional with the majority of impoverished Filipinos having been products of generations of similarly poor ancestors.