Fred Alejaga, former station manager of Super Radyo Bacolod who managed GMA Network’s provincial stations confirmed allegations of ratings manipulation in Bacolod City, Negros Occidental.
He said employees who were involved in the alleged manipulation were prohibited from divulging the illegal activity to their colleagues. Alejaga worked for RGMA starting August 2004 and resigned in February 2007. Alejaga also confirmed that the broadcast company had allegedly allocated P150,000 in standby funds to purportedly finance the “special operations” and a special budget for its so-called field interviewers. He maintained that it is not his intention to smear the reputation of GMA, saying that he hopes that the ratings controversy would force research firms to implement reforms to avoid a repeat of the incident.