Netizens took to Twitter and Social Media the hashtags #NotoSofitel and #BoycottSofitelPH after UNTV CEO, Daniel Razon announced a sustained boycott of the luxury hotel in his morning show, Good Morning Kuya.
In its July 14 episode, Razon pointed out Sofitel’s biased move of delisting UNTV in its hotel programming.
In an official statement released by the Sofitel management, their removal of the country’s Public Service Channel was allegedly brought about by guest feedback and demand.
Netizens however, react negatively to the said statement and call for a reasonable explanation and a public apology, noting that it is not just about UNTV, but the act of media discrimination committed by the hotel’s management.
The hashtags #NotoSofitel and #BoycottSofitelPH made it to the 1st and 3rd spots of Philippines trends yesterday and have tallied more than a hundred thousands tweets registering the #NotoSofitel hashtag.
A Station with a Heart
For ten years, UNTV has made its name in the Philippines as a television network geared solely towards public service.
Home to many advocacies such as the Tulong Muna, Bago Balita (Rescue First, Report Later), Isang Araw Lang (Just One Day), free medical, legal services and free education, UNTV promotes doing good to everyone, especially to the marginalized members of the community.
To single out UNTV is not only an act of media discrimination but also an act of opposition to its public service efforts, its followers and its beneficiaries.
It is only but rightful for UNTV’s adherents to voice out their opinions regarding a matter where they are greatly affected.
“There are times when you need to speak up, you need to voice out your rights. You do not need to always let things go especially when there are people who are already being affected. – Kuya Daniel Razon”