For the past few days, the World of Philippine Football has been shaken by an issue involving GMA 7's Mr. Arnold Clavio and The Philippine Azkals.
The issue started when Mr. Arnold Clavio said something on a Morning Show "Unang Hirit." His statement steam rolled and became viral online.
Here's a transcript of what he said in the show.
"Ang gagwapo niyo diba...Hindi ko kayo ka kultura. Kasi wala dito (pointing to his heart) at wala dito (pointing to his head) 'eh. Di naman kayo Pilipino. Nagpapanggap lang kayong kayumanggi...."
I don't know if what he said is offensive enough, but it proved to be enough to catch the attention of the Millions of Filipino Football fanatics in and around the world. In fact, it became viral on Twitter and on Facebook. It also became a hot topic online as the haters as well as the fanatics of the Philippine Azkals shared their opinions regarding the issue.
In between those heated arguments, here comes the Official statement of Mr. Arnold Clavio regarding the said issue courtesy of gmanetwork.com.
"Mga igan, nakakalungkot na may negatibong reaksyon ang naging pahayag ko tungkol sa Philippine Azkals kaugnay ng sexual harassment complaint ni Ms. Cristy Ramos. Wala po akong ganoong intensyon. Ang isyu po rito ay sexual harassment at kung may nagamit man po akong mga salita na hindi angkop, nagpapakumbaba po ako at humihingi ng pang-unawa. Dun naman po sa mga kasama kong nanindigan laban sa sexual harassment, maraming salamat po. Seryoso pong isyu ito na dapat bantayan."
I just hope that this is enough to settle the issue once and for all. After all, we all love our very own Philippine Azkals and Philippine Football.