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Sofitel Hotel Philippine Suffers Massive But Peaceful Protest On Twitter for Discriminating UNTV Station
Mr. Public Service Kuya Daniel Razon through its morning TV program "Good Morning Kuya" called for the support of all "kasambahay" (UNTV Channel viewers) to boycott Sofitel Manila for removing UNTV Channel on their hotel TV programming.
Because of this, Sofitel Manila earned lots of criticism and disappointment through the thousands of tweets of "kasambahay" which already begun this morning and still trending up right now.
2:39 in the afternoon netizens are talking about #notosofitel throughout the Philippines. While it also entered the third trending topic worldwide. While #BoycottSofitelPH grabbed the third trending topic in the Philippines.
All "kasambahays" have only one voice on their tweets, and that is STOP DISCRIMINATING the only Public Service Channel in the Philippines.
Source: UNTV News
DANIEL RAZON DECRIES SOFITEL MANILA BIAS VS UNTV, #NoToSofitel Trends
UNTV-BMPI Chairman and CEO Daniel Razon earlier (7/14/2014) called on viewers of his morning magazine program, Good Morning Kuya, to boycott the biased move by Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila (formerly Westin Philippine Plaza).
The hotel allegedly intentionally removed in its hotel TV programming UNTV, the only Philippine channel with focus on charities and public service.
As soon as the call was made by Razon, netizens took to Twitter to vent their sentiments to @sofitelmanila, instantly pulling the hashtag #NoToSofitel up the Philippines Trends ladder.
The incessant tweets from netizens, expressing their disappointments, frustrations and outcries were magnified instantly as #NoToSofitel peaked at No. 6 trending topic under Philippines before 12 noon. As of 1:30 PM, Philippine time, the hashtag is up at No. 3.
UPDATE: Since Monday morning (7/14/2014), the hashtag #NoToSofitel and #BoycottSofitelPH has sustained its place under Philippines Trends. Since Tuesday noon, more than 100,000 tweets were registered by the #NoToSofitel hashtag.
Observers note such move is against the station’s freedom of expression rights, an absurdity in a democratic nation like the Philippines. Netizens, however, viewed the action as an utter shaming of UNTV in spite of its kid-friendly shows, public service projects for the poor, marginalized and the neglected in the society.
SOFITEL PHILIPPINE PLAZA DOESN'T HONOR SENIOR CITIZENS RIGHTS
MANILA, Philippines—Election lawyer Romulo Macalintal, now a crusader for the senior citizens’ rights, is suing the high-ranking officials of a five-star hotel for violating the law on mandatory discount for senior citizens.
The Pasay prosecutors office issued a subpoena on Monday summoning the top two officials of the Sofitel Luxury Hotels located at the PICC Complex, Pasay City, to appear at the preliminary investigation in relation to the criminal complaint filed by Macalintal for their alleged violation of the Senior Citizens Law or the Republic Act 9994.
In the complaint he lodged, Macalintal said the Sofitel management refused to grant him the 20 percent senior citizens discount on February 8, 2014 while he was dining with a friend at the Sofitel Le Bar Restaurant.
Among the supporters of UNTV, the Ang Dating Daan group is the biggest with a strong followings in the Philippines and across different countries abroad.
UNTV IS FOCUSED ON PUBLIC SERVICE
UNTV is a child-friendly station, garnering multiple Anak TV Seal awards for years. It is also home for different public service projects, including the daily medical, dental, and legal services, free legal consultation, free bus rides, free transient housing, and more.
UNTV conducts a monthly People’s Day event, a medical mission for poor urban and rural barangays and barrios.