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GMA’s Sandra Aguinaldo gets it again from FPJ, Sotto

- Paolo Romero -
GMA-7 reporter Sandra Aguinaldo had a second close encounter of the acrimonious kind with Koalisyon ng Nagkakaisang Pilpino (KNP) standard-bearer Fernando Poe Jr.

Aguinaldo’s second run-in with Poe occurred toward the end of an exchange with reporters where the actor was asked if he would consider appealing the reported decision of some religious groups to endorse President Arroyo.

The talk soon shifted to the subject of media fairness.

The seemingly image-conscious Poe was peeved by a GMA-7 news report that said he was hit in the head by an object while atop his campaign truck during a sortie in Cavite last April 30.

Poe’s "personal" campaign manager, Sen. Vicente Sotto, cut in during the exchange and said he viewed the video and saw nothing that showed Poe being hit by an object.

"I watched your video and there was nothing in it. You encircled a portion, but there was nothing in it. You’re fond of making up stories and this is embarrassing because there are so many people," Sotto said.

But Poe cut off Sotto and tried to account for the unidentified fallen object.

Poe said that actor Eddie Garcia, who was with him in the truck, noticed mango sap stuck in his hair and was trying to remove it with tissue paper.

"He was trying to remove the sap from my hair with tissue paper," he said.

Poe would later complain about the inaccuracy of recent newspaper headlines.

"Our interviews are put to waste if all you put out are falsehoods," he said.

When Aguinaldo asked Poe to clarify his view of the media, Sotto cut her off and asked her to drop the subject, as the situation was getting tense.

Aguinaldo’s first run-in with Poe was during a campaign sortie in Iloilo in early April, where the actor accosted Aguinaldo after he felt upstaged by her preparations for a live report on stage.

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EDDIE GARCIA

FERNANDO POE JR.

NAGKAKAISANG PILPINO

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PRESIDENT ARROYO

SANDRA AGUINALDO

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WHEN AGUINALDO

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