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Editor quits post from broadsheet that ran ouster 'matrix' story.

Editor quits post from broadsheet that ran ouster 'matrix' story !-- -- (Philstar.com) - April 25, 2019 - 3:22pm MANILA, Philippines Seniorjournalist Felipe Salvosa II quit from his post at the Manila Times after the broadsheet ran the exclusive banner story alleging of a supposed "ouster matrix" to boot out President Rodrigo Duterte from office.

University of Santo Tomas publication "The Varsitarian" reported that Salvosa tendered his resignation on April 24, two days after the Manila Times released astory alleging an ouster plot ran by three news organizations and a group of pro bono lawyers..

"In UST journalism, we always tell students that our number one obligation is to the truth. I felt sincerely that I needed to uphold that principle now more than ever," Salvosa was quoted as saying.

Salvosa, who began teaching in 2005 and has been in the media industry for almost 20 years, reportedly disagreed with the publication of the story written by Times' chairman emeritus Dante Ang. The matrix tagged the National Union of Peoples' Lawyers and three news organizationsVERA files, the Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism and Rapplerin an alleged plot against the president.

They were also linked to an anonymously posted video accusing the Dutertes of involvement in illegal drugs. Journalistsgroups have denied the accusation and pointed out factual errors in the matrix that was supposedly accurateas presidential spokesperson Salvador Panelo said President Rodrigo Duterte was the source.

READ:Palace-vetted conspiracy matrix has errors Salvosa was said to have voiced out his sentimentusing his Twitteraccount, set in private, to express his disagreement as he also vouched for the personalities named in the matrix. Ang asked him to quit following his tweet, but Salvosa said that he has been meaning to leave anyway.

Salvosa wrote for the BusinessWorld and Financial Times. He currently heads UST's journalism program and is the assistant adviser of the student publication.

Kristine Joy Patag

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