Here is the statement of ABS-CBN on the dismissal of its case by the court against AGB Nielsen Media Research Philippines.
The public will not be denied the truth because of a mere technicality. ABS CBN will continue its fight and file a motion for reconsideration. Our case and our moral purpose can only get stronger, as more and more witnesses are coming out to tell the truth about cheating in the ratings.
The fight for a clean and fair TV ratings process is a crusade that ABS-CBN will continue. Our witnesses’ courage and passion for truth inspire us and fortify our will to fight for a clean and fair TV ratings process. We promise to continue telling their stories so the public will know how ratings are being manipulated.
Cheating is not data error and can never be considered as such. Bribing households equipped with TV meters to change their members’ viewing behavior should be condemned. Acknowledging that it exists and refusing to clean the process is tantamount to condoning and allowing cheating to happen.
Our issue is simple. We want AGB Nielsen to clean up their panels and replace the corrupted ones. The process is difficult, but it is the only way that AGB Nielsen can demonstrate its sincerity, intention, and determination to have a clean and fair TV ratings data for the media industry and the viewing public.
We ask the media industry to join our crusade for clean and fair TV ratings process. We trust that in due time, we will be allowed to present our evidence to enable the court to determine who is telling the truth.