It took situation a lengthy time prior to now, however seasoned files anchor and journalist Julius Babao would possibly per chance presumably well also easy acquire into consideration the first time he used to be provided a bribe when he used to be easy a amateur in the alternate during 1 in all his coverages.
Babao, 54, recalled the incident during a digital media conference when he used to be welcomed because the first anchor for TV5’s Frontline Pilipinas origin Feb. 7.
“On GMA Network, I used to be requested to veil for a trial. After which yung guy lumapit sa akin at nagbigay ng envelope. Pagbukas ko would possibly per chance presumably well also lamang pera. Naku, hindi ko tatanggapin ‘yan sabi ko. Sabi nung guy hindi nakaano na yan para sa’yo. Nerbyos na nerbyos ako sinoli ko yung pera. Sabi nya sa akin thank you ha,” said Babao.
“Then tinanong ko yung boss ko, sabi ko ano ba ito? Sabi ng boss ko pag ganun, wag na wag mong tatanggapin. Mali ‘yan. Pag tinanggap mo yan, mako-compromise na yung integrity ng ibabalita mo,” he added.
Since then, Babao said he has remained firm no longer to accept anything during files coverages. “Inalagaan ko talaga ang pangalan ko at hindi ako na-involve sa mga scandal.”
“Simula noon, everytime na would possibly per chance presumably well also magazine-aabot sa amin, tinatanggihan ko. Kung meron makikipag-assembly sa amin, tinatanggihan ko talaga. Nawi-peculiar-uhan sila kung bakit ko ginagawa yun pero ganun talaga, I if fact be told hold protected my integrity during the years, na hindi talaga ako tumanggap ng kahit anong suhol mula sa pulitiiko. Kaya maipagmamalaki ko ‘yan na kapag ako ay nagsalita, ito talaga yung tutoo,” Babao furthermore said.
In the identical press conference, Babao published he has been provided to affix politics. Nevertheless the data anchor said that he wants to be in the printed alternate for the longest time.
“Can even merely mga nag-alok prior to now pero hindi ko naman ine-entertain. Parang hindi ko if fact be told feel pasukin ang pulitika talaga. Even supposing it has crossed my mind, I must admit. Pero hindi ko talaga sineryoso. Feelling ko as soon as na pumasok ka talaga sa pulitika, medyo maapektuhan na ang iyong pagiging journalist. Ang tingin ko talaga sa sarili ko journalist ako eh better than a flesh presser. Ayokong iwan ‘yung occupation na pinasok ko and I want to be here for the longest time, hanggang sa magazine-retire ako. Hypocrite naman ako kung isasara ko ang pinto ko without slay. Hindi naman siguro however if ever that time comes which I don’t gaze splendid now, dapat hindi na ako linked sa work na linked sa journalism. Kailangan self sufficient na ako. Once na pumasok ka sa politics, you be a part of politics the total plan. Nevertheless splendid now hindi ko iniisip yan,” Babao said.
A broadcast persona for over three decades, Babao steps into the frontlines as a “beteranong journo” and “lingkod bayan” to bring the day’s top tales with fellow passe anchor Cheryl Cosim. Together they’ll bring doubtlessly the most urgent components on politics, the financial system, welfare, and the COVID-19 disaster.
Babao’s switch to the Kapatid Network raises the ante for TV5 especially because it gears up for its protection of the elections in Can even merely. Babao’s over 30 years of trip serves in an effort to add to the blended journalistic skills of its roster of anchors.
With the exception of anchoring Frontline Pilipinas, Babao seeks to proceed his existence mission of provider to Filipinos through a program that goals to prolong exceptionally marvelous assistance to take and deserving tiny and medium scale mission (SMSE) owners and even underground financial system-reliant Filipinos even because the nation navigates the commercial and social challenges ahead.
Babao started his journalistic occupation with GMA 7’s DZBB in 1990 sooner than appealing to ABS-CBN in 1993 as a reporter for its flagship newscast. He later anchored the residing’s morning show masks along with his wife Christine Bersola in 1996 and then filled co-anchor responsibilities in varied primetime, night time and weekend newscasts sooner than finally wrapping-up his 28-twelve months stint with the Kapamilya Network final twelve months.
Babao said it’s an honor to be the replacement of Raffy Tulfo who gave up his stint in “Frontline Pilipinas” to sprint in the 2022 nationwide elections.
“It’s an honor na ako ang maging kapalit ni Raffy Tulfo sa Frontline Pilipinas. Maraming nag a-idolize kay Boss Raffy kasi tumutulong siya sa kapwa. Kapag ang tao ay tumutulong, nakukuha niya ang respeto ng maraming tao. ‘Yun ang mga bagay na hinahangaan natin sa tulad nya. I had reveals sa ABS-CBN na tumutulong din ako sa mga tao sa abot ng aking makakaya. In to this point as kung pinagisipan talaga na kung ako ang papalit kay Raffy, palagay ko nagkataon lang. It upright so took situation I used to be there at the splendid tempo and at the splendid time. Timing lang talaga,” Babao added.
TV5 Govt Luchi Cruz-Valdes, however, believes it is no longer comely to match Babao to Tulfo, announcing both personalities are diversified from every diversified.
“Mula’t sapul, ginagalang ko rin yung tinatawag namin na equity ng mga anchor. Can even merely kanya kanyang persona at advocacy ang mga ‘yan eh. Pag kinukuha namin sila, alam namin yung mga strengths, weaknesses. We ingredient in all the pieces. Raffy is one in every of a spread, as Julius is. This would possibly per chance occasionally be completely unfair for us to expect Julius to agree with in the shoes of Raffy. It’s no longer handiest no longer likely, however unfair. So no, we don’t intend to interchange Raffy with somebody adore him. I furthermore know that Raffy will proceed his space off to give public provider, as Julius will continually be with us. And we are in a position to hold a public provider section for Julius,” said Valdes.
Babao, husband of tv persona Christine Bersola-Babao, said the transition from ABS-CBN to TV5 used to be very tender.
“Sinamantala ko talaga na makasama ng isang buong buwan yung family ko. Once na maging busy ako, hindi ko na naman makakasama ng madalas ang pamilya ko on weekdays. Minsan nakakasinggit ako ng vlogging sa YouTube Channel ko. Madali ang naging transition ko sa TV5 ensuing from ‘yung mga tao na nakakausap ko rito are the folk I’ve labored with. Hindi na ako naiilang. Wala na akong feeling na kinakabahan ako, ninenebryos ako kung ano ang makikita ko rito. Completely none kasi marami sa kanila ang kaibigan ko na even sooner than,” he said.
When requested if he would hold a radio show masks on Radyo Singko, Babao said: “Can even merely talks pero nothing is final. Varied responsibilities beyond being a files anchor, hindi ko pa alam pero would possibly per chance presumably well also iba pa silang plano. I’ll continually be start to solutions.”
Babao said he would continually be grateful to the Kapamilya Network where he if fact be told grew up as a journalist.
“It’s incredible hindi masyadong marami ang bashers sa paglipat ko. Wala naman akong sama ng loob sa ABS-CBN. We parted methods in perfect terms. Napanood naman ng mga tao yung final goodbye ko sa ABS-CBN. I is doubtlessly no longer here kung hindi ako pinalaki ng ABS-CBN ng tama. I continually understand as a lot as ABS-CBN as mga magulang ko na nagpalaki sa akin. Parang there’ll reach a time na kailangan mong lumagay sa tahimik, lumipat ng bahay or magazine ibang bansa. So kinailangan ko na rin lumipat para malaman ko kung ano ang naghihintay sa akin sa kabilang network.”
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