GMA News confirmed on June 27 that award-winning journalist Joseph Morong has been given another assignment after he covered the Palace beat for quite some time.
But the Kapuso network said that the reassignment of Morong has nothing to do with a report that came out in a news program, as others speculated.
In a statement, GMA News said:
“Joseph Morong’s reassignment is not related to a report that aired on Saksi as some have speculated. Saksi producers wrote that report and Joseph was just asked to voice it. It was removed from our online platforms, consistent with our policy, after we noted deficiencies in the report which did not conform to our standards of fairness and balance.
“Unrelated to this, Joseph was given another assignment, a move which is common in most, if not all, newsrooms where reporters do not stay in one beat for the rest of their careers. Joseph will continue to anchor the online newscast ‘Stand for Truth,’ ” the statement read.
In May, netizens raised speculations that Morong would leave the Palace coverage following his post where he wrote: “This might be the last summary you will get from me. It’s been a privilege to serve you.”
Since the pandemic started in 2020, netizens lauded Morong for sharing on social media the condensed version of the various issues which President Duterte would discuss in his weekly program “Talk to the People”.