The show Palaban of GMA is one of those shows that is worth watching if you are an owl. I watched the last episode where they tackled the Gretchen Barretto-John Estrada photograph while kissing. My verdict is “how much was given to the show as to exculpate Gretchen of the apparent wrong she has done to her partner and daughter?”
Social norms dictate that you should not kiss another guy while you are in a serious relationship, even if that man is not your husband. She was caught kissing John. It was not a smooch, as tv hosts said. In Palaban, the hosts sounded like blaming the public for the big talk that is going on about John and Gretchen having a relationship. One host even said that Gretchen’s look in the picture is as if “she was never there”. I take it to mean that Gretchen is intoxicated and does not know what she is doing, or the alcohol has affected her thoughts that got so brazen enough to kiss John. I am so disappointed with Palaban. I had high regard to the hosts, but now, I wonder if what they communicated to the public through the show is paid or their own opinion of genuine public issues.
Nababayaran din pala si Mareng Winnie and the other lady hosts just to influence what the public think. There is nothing inherently wrong with influencing the public through a tv show, but if you are paid to communicate an idea to the public and to present such idea as your own, that is wrong. The public watched Palaban because the public believe in the hosts.