GMA-7 immediately issued an official statement after ABS-CBN aired the interview of an alleged informant named Mark Dumago on its primetime newscast, TV Patrol World, earlier tonight, January 11.
The GMA-7 statement in full:
GMA Network categorically denies that it hired mercenaries to conduct alleged ratings tampering operations in Bacolod City or anywhere else in the country.
This denial comes at the heels of the ABS-CBN informant who came forward and identified a GMA Iloilo officer as the one who allegedly hired them to bribe panel homes in Bacolod City.
GMA Network and its employees and talents have worked hard for the success it has achieved as the number one network in Luzon, Mega Manila, and Metro Manila. It has never conducted any house to house operations in Bacolod City nor does it engage in dirty tactics in its campaign to win over viewers in the Visayas and Mindanao.
GMA Network is determined to pursue its libel case vs. ABS-CBN for repeatedly airing reports that named GMA as the network behind the ratings manipulation attempt in Bacolod City back in 2006.