Paolo Bediones will not be fired after a video that allegedly shows the anchor and an unidentified woman–not his former girlfriend Abby Cruz–having sex.
The video is being vastly circulated online after popping up over the weekend.
“The recent issue involving our news anchor, Paolo Bediones, on social media is a purely personal and private matter in which TV5 has no involvement or desire to intrude,” TV5 said in the statement.
“We accord our employees and talents all respect that are due them for their privacy and personal action or decision. We disapprove strongly the malicious and wanton publication of the video, an act that clearly violates pertinent cybercrime laws. We firmly express our support for our anchor Paolo Bediones in the face of a controversy that represents nothing more than an attempt to smear his reputation.”
Bediones, 40, a former GMA anchor, hasn’t publicly responded to the video as of yet. Bediones currently helms several shows, including Aksyon Tonite and Rescue5.
The woman in the Bediones video hasn’t been identified, but many are saying that it’s not Bediones’ former girlfriend and beauty queen Abby Cruz.
At the same time, some are saying that China Roces, a 22-year-old model and actress–is the woman in the video.
Some blogs are saying the video was made years ago, because Bediones looks so young in the video.