Benjamin Alves vs Daniel Padilla – Journalism gone wrong?

Fans of Kapamilya star Daniel Padilla are up in arms over alleged nasty comments made against their idol by Kapuso actor Benjamin Alves. Alves is in hot water after describing Padilla’s song “Nasa Iyo Na Ang Lahat” as a track “he’d like to skip” in a brief question and answer piece written by Vincent Anthon Garcia.

It appeared in Gulf News, an English-language newspaper published from Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Keep in mind that it is not stated how Garcia was able to get in touch with Alves. This is how the supposed exchange went:

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Actor Benjamin Alves of GMA 7 allegedly made disparaging comments against Daniel Padilla’s hit song.

Song on repeat mode:

One Way or Another by One Direction. Great song. Love playing it over and over again.

Song that makes you cry:


Song that makes you move:

Gentleman by Psy. Not as great as Gangnam Style, but still makes me move.

At karaoke, you would sing:

Payphone by Maroon 5. All for fun, why not?

Track that you would want to skip:

“Nasa Iyo Na Ang Lahat” by Daniel Padilla. Try listening to it, or any song of his, and you will know why.

Alves and his manager Jonas Gaffud were quick to do damage-control. “I was never interviewed for this Dubai tabloid magazine. Surprised just as much as you guys. Sorry to all who read this bogus interview,” Alves said via Twitter.

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Alves has denied making negative remarks against Padilla’s song via Twitter.

His manager Jonas Gaffud also reiterated this fact, saying that “someone used his image and name.” He added: “And (to) whoever made up that article, where’s responsible journalism? Benjamin won’t answer like that. He is a very intelligent and decent man.”

How do we make sense of all these? Garcia, the original writer of the article, should step forward to either stand by or disown his story. If he has proof (an email correspondence or a recorded conversation) that Alves indeed made those comments, he must come out with it. If he engaged in fiction writing, then he should quit journalism pronto.

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Mark Madrona is a prize-winning blogger, online journalist, and educator from the Philippines. Previously a book editor, he is now teaching communication subjects for two public universities in Manila. His blog The Filipino Scribe won 3rd place in a blog competition organized by the Affiliated Network for Social Accountability in East Asia and the Pacific (ANSA-EAP). In 2015, it was one of the finalists in the 2015 Lasallian Scholarum Awards for Best Online Feature Article in Youth and Education. He also won the Best Blog Award during the 2011 Population and Development Media Awards, the youngest recipient of that recognition. Know more about him here:

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