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On UNTV and their Boycott Sofitel Campaign


A few days ago, I saw an advisory from Sofitel about an online campaign against them by a religious group called the Members of the Church of God International. The boycott campaign rooted from the removal of their local tv network, UNTV, from the channel roster of the hotel. The group decried the supposed media discrimination against what they claimed to be the "only public service network" in the country.

Sofitel's message states: 

Bonjour! 

In line with the ongoing campaign to boycott Sofitel Manila, we would like to share with you all the official statement of the management: 

“We do not discriminate against any local or international broadcasting television channel. While we supply several television channels for our guests, the channels we air in the hotel are system-limited, and regularly changed based on several factors, including guest feedback and demand. 

We are happy to hear the public’s concerns, and will consider to re-instate the UNTV Channel if this is a request from our hotel guests”.

The hotel's message seemed reasonable enough. Curious, I checked the growing number of comments on this thread and expressed my opinion on the matter. I said: 

(Twitter) No offense to the network but the first time I heard about them is bec of their trending campaign against Sofitel and I don’t think people would decide NOT to stay in any hotel just bec of a missing channel.

(Facebook) I am sure of one thing. Nobody I know watches that channel. And I don't think that my decision to stay in a hotel is/will be tied to what channels they carry.


My comment started a barrage of replies that disagreed with what I said. Some of them hateful, others were ramblings of religious fanatics and people that could not comprehend that others have a right to oppose the cause that they were rallying. It was mostly harmless though and nothing that the block button could not handle once they got a little too persistent. 

As for the validity of their claim, I am sure that someone with more knowledge of the inner-workings of the hotel and entertainment business would be more qualified to judge if they were indeed discriminated against. What I can speak of is my own personal experience with those that chose to interact with me because of what I wrote. 

At one point, in the middle of the storm and the blackout in Manila, I called one user that was trolling my account a RABID RELIGIOUS FANATIC as she kept on provoking me. And that was really the impression that majority of this network's followers gave out. A little digging of the network's history showed that even their leaders resorted to name-calling so I guess that I shouldn't have expected more from their followers.

Online, I found a wikipedia entry supported by news clippings and blog posts that talked about the suspension of the network's main program - Ang Dating Daan for slander and use of offensive and obscene language by one of their leaders, Eliseo Soriano. 

According to this entry, the "Supreme Court denied Soriano's motion (against the MTRB suspension) and affirmed the decision with finality in 2010 by an 11-4 vote, noting that it is a sanction that the MTRCB may validly impose under its charter without running afoul of the free speech clause. The high court reminded Soriano that his program, being aired on television, is accessible to children of all ages and therefore not appropriate for a program with a “G” or for general audience rating due to his use of vulgar language and invectives."

The cause of this 2004 legal bind is a complaint filed by members of another religious group, the Iglesia ni Cristo, for statements made by Soriano against one of their Ministers, Michael Sandoval. 

"As a result, Ang Dating Daan was asked by the Supreme Court of the Philippines to pay nearly P125 million compensation to the Iglesia Ni Cristo for libel, harassment and persecution of its members:

Lehitimong anak ng demonyo! Sinungaling! [Legitimate son of demon! Liar!]

Gago ka talaga, Michael! Masahol ka pa sa putang babae, o di ba? Yung putang babae, ang gumagana lang doon yung ibaba. Dito kay Michael, ang gumagana ang itaas, o di ba? O, masahol pa sa putang babae ‘yan. Sobra ang kasinungalingan ng mga demonyong ito. 

[You’re really stupid, Michael! O, worse than a whore, oh right? On that whore, what only works is under her (body). In Michael('s case), it's the top (part) that works, oh right? That's worse than a whore. These demons' lies are too much (to bear).]"





Now, reading more about UNTV and Ang Dating Daan gives me a clear picture as to why a business would think twice about airing them. My own personal experience only affirms the logic in the Sofitel decision. As it stands, I still would not make a decision NOT to stay in a hotel simply because it opted not to air one channel but after this experience, I WOULD PREFER to stay at SOFITEL simply because they removed this channel.

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  1. what's the difference between you calling people rabid religious fanatic and we calling you something negative?

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    1. Ang Dating Doon7/19/2014

      he was provoked. I saw that thread too, and i felt bad for him. people in that thread was so aggressively rude and can't take other opinions. Bullies

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  2. Super obvious namang nakiki ride ka lang sa popularity ng campaign na to. One sided masyado opinion mo.

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    1. Ang Dating Doon7/19/2014

      hindi lang umayon sa opinion mo, one sided na?hahaha, para kang bata!hahaha

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  3. Ah ha ha! This piece was prepared to squid out what's going to happen in the next few days. The Iglesis ni Cristo Centennial guests will be flooding the hotels in Metro-Manila and Bulacan and the nearby places in celebration of their 101 year anniversary. Naturally, the hotels were prepared even months before to clean out Bro. Eli Soriano from those TV channels in the rooms. Some people are afraid that those blind scales they have placed on their INC members will fall off if they begin to listen to Bro. Eli that they were fooled only for their momey. Thank you anyway. You are helping to let truth come out. I dare you to publish this comment, coward.

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    1. Anonymous7/22/2014

      As usual Jane Abao. Eli Soriano attack dog!

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  4. Ang Dating Doon7/19/2014

    Kung gano kakitid ang utak ng Rapist nyong Pinuno, ganun din ang ugali nyo. hahaha.., the campaign is so popular? fucking delusional people, you think you have that much power? shut sofitel down, I dare you. You launched a boycott campaign against GMA network before, may nangyari ba??? pasalamat na nga lang kayo, kung hindi dahil sa And Dating Doon, di naman makikilala yang kulto nyo. wag nga kayong feelingera. ang nakakatawa pa, kapag nag oppose sa opinion nila, iglesia na agad? ang bobobo talaga...hahahaha

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    1. Anonymous7/22/2014

      OO bobo talaga yang mga yan

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    2. Anonymous7/22/2014

      Look what is happening to GMA7 now, naghahanap na sila ng buyer. Ibig sabihin, nalulugi. Sila mismo umaaming bumagsak ang kanilang kita.

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    3. Anonymous7/22/2014

      Isang taga ADD na bobo na naman ang nagreply. Hindi naman binebenta in a sense na parang kotse o bahay. They are selling big stakes o shares ng company to more reputable investor to further expand the business.

      Ang GMA naman kasi hindi UNTV na walang backing ng mga bobong kulto. E ang UNTV lahat ng pasweldo sa mga talents na non-ADD member ang funding nanggagaling sa Church donations.

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  5. my point exactly. we were provoked as well.

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    1. You were provoked because I posted an opinion that didn't agree with your boycott?

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    2. Let me ask you a question before I answer yours:

      "I called one user that was trolling my account a RABID RELIGIOUS FANATIC as she kept on provoking me."

      What's the difference between her posting an opinion that didn't agree with yours and me being provoked by your opinion?

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    3. You may have missed that I said she was trolling. Well, let me say it again. She was trolling.

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  6. INC members are so exited for our many events especially this month (Worldwide Mid-Year Thanksgiving Day of the brethren July 19-20 & Centennial Celebration on July 27 in Ciudad de Victoria Bocaue Bulacan). And too busy for us to have a free time to watch any TV programs.

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  7. Anonymous7/20/2014

    i boycoot sofitel for untv discrimination ph day 7

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    1. Anonymous7/22/2014

      As if ang mga taga dating daan may pera pang SOFITEL. LOL!

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    2. Anonymous7/22/2014

      Korek!

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  8. Anonymous7/23/2014

    obvious talaga na membro ng iglesia ni manalo ang blogger na to. kawawa naman kayo , ang kristo nyo tao lang , mabuti pa si manalo isang anghel para sa kanila. kahit ano pa kalaki yang mga gusali nyo, doktrina nyo puro sablay. takot kayo maki pag debate kay soriano kasi alam nyo mapapahiya lang kayo, tawagin nyo na lahat ng ministro nyo. makipag debate na kayo kay soriano live televised debate para magka alaman na. but to hide your cowardice, you resort to below the belt tactics attack on the person of soriano which are all false, as false as your doctrines... lets get it on!!!

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    1. Okay 1. I did not delete any comments off this thread. So I guess you are making that up. 2. that accusation that I am Iglesia is pretty funny.

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    2. Anonymous10/03/2014

      hindi kailangan ng debate, sa pagibig sa kapwa at isat isa nakikilala ang bayan ng dyos, kung may pag ibig ka hindi ka magsasabi ng nakaka offend sa iba.

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  9. Anonymous7/24/2014

    hahahahaha, napa ka obvious na member talaga ng iglesia ni manalo, ang bilis maka delete ng message ko, hahahaha, para magka alaman na, makipag debate na kayo kay soriano in a live televised debate, tawagin nyo lahat pinaka magaling mag sinungaling na mga ministro nyo, para mag kalaman na na your iglesia ni manalo ay isang sentenaryo nang nanloloko sa mga pilipino, hahahahahha

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  10. Anonymous7/27/2014

    Funny. :))

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  11. ahaha, I didn't missed that she was trolling. Now, my next question is, isn't trolling an expression of something that didn't agree with your opinion? So it's ok to be provoked with trolling but not if it's just one opinion? Would it be wrong to be provoked by reading 2 opinions?

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    1. Now, my next question is, isn't trolling an expression of something that didn't agree with your opinion? - No.

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  12. Ok, good. If trolling is not disagreeing then what is it? If it is not something that counters your opinion, they why were you provoked? You even used capital letters: RABID RELIGIOUS FANATIC which is equivalent to shouting (for some people).

    So I'll ask again the question that you didn't answer, with the most sincerity and with the most cordiality, Would it be wrong to be provoked by reading 2 opinions?

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    1. Trolling is being an ass on the internet. It doesn't necessarily mean disagreeing with what you said. I have friends that disagree with me all the time but we talk about issues like adults.

      Most of these people that reacted to what I posted do not grasp the idea that some of us have an opposing opinion and are automatically combative, throwing out invectives or creating conspiracy theories involving another religion which is pretty stupid.


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  13. Actually it necessarily follows. Logic dictates and necessitates that because she didnt agree w/ you that's why she trolled you.
    Now, is calling someone A RABID RELIGIOUs FANATIC not being an ass? & by the way, you forgot to answer: Would it be wrong to be provoked by 2 opinions?

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    1. Actually it was you who missed the point. You can disagree with someone without trolling them. And one can agree with you and still troll if they wish to.

      And calling her a rabid religious fanatic was calling it as it was. It would say it was a pretty accurate observation based on her actions. And looking into the sect's history actually explains a lot why members are acting this way.

      Anyway, I would hate to end this going-around-in-circles session with you but if you still don't get it, it's really not my problem. As with your previous comments, you are here to defend the side of your supporters or at least justify their actions but there's nothing that you can say that will change my perception of your entire movement. Your collective action made sure of that.

      So enjoy your boycott campaign. I am sure that it gives a lot of those people a sense of purpose. For something that trended for days, had the discrimination claim been valid, some agency would have picked this up by now but I don't see anyone really. So I rest my case.

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  14. I expected as much from you. Your use of wikipedia as basis indicates that you are not that intelligent. Your excuses for not answering my question proves that.

    Anyway my points remain cogent. And you putting so much trust in yourself justifying that if you call someone negatively it's ok while if it somebody does that you it' s stupid. That makes you a Nazi.

    and it's laughable that the one who trolled you seems not to disagree w/ you. It's psychologically impossible.

    So I too rest my case as I've confirmed that you are not a better person than the one you claimed to have trolled you. and that makes you... I can't say it, hehe I just remembered you have double standard.You find the term barbaric offensive while you use terms like stupid and negative words in capital letters.

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    1. Again you missed the part where I said supported by news clippings. If you follow the links there, you just might find them :)

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  16. I thought you rested your case? Did you miss that part? You are a rabid hotel fanatic, haha!

    Since you replied I'll revive my case. No I didn't miss that part. Why mention wikipedia? Why not go to the sources directly?

    And I didn't miss the part about trolling is not necessarily disagreeing. That's why I asked you if it didn't disagree w/ you then why were you provoked? You didn't answer it. You missed it.

    But for your benefit, I have a follow up question, did the girl who trolled you disagree w/ you?

    Would it be wrong to be provoked by 2 opinions?

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