By CONG B. CORRALES
and JIGGER JERUSALEM
RADIO Mindanao Network station DxCC has decided to fire councilor cum commentator Zaldy Ocon again — this time, after he made a scene at a hotel lobby and berated former mayor Reuben Canoy yesterday morning.
This was first announced by Canoy’s daughter Rhona on her Facebook wall yesterday afternoon after she learned about RMN’s decision to let go of Ocon who is known for stinging on-air comments.
The radio network was founded by the former mayor’s late brother Henry. The media company is now headed by one of Henry’s sons, Eric.
The decision came shortly after the former mayor was berated by Ocon at the lobby of the Canoy-owned VIP Hotel on A. Velez Street.
Before the VIP incident, Rhona said, Ocon arbitrarily canceled her father’s 10-minute daily editorial, Perspective.
Ocon had a program at DxCC from 6 am to 9 am daily, except Sundays.
She told this paper that when her father and Ocon chanced on each other at VIP Hotel later that morning, her father asked the councilor why he canceled Perspective.
According to Rhona, that started Ocon who then yelled and spewed invectives at the 90-year-old Canoy who was on a wheelchair. Ocon left cussing at the stunned Canoy.
“Si dad ang nagpabalik ana ni Ocon sa DxCC and apil sa kasabutan nga dili hilabtan ang ‘Perspective’ niya,” said Rhona.
She said, “Simang kaayo iyang tubag kang dad. It was uncalled for. As a kagawad, he should be held to account.”
After the incident, she said her father called Eric Canoy, RMN president, and asked him to choose between Ocon’s program and her father’s “Perspective.”
“He (Reuben) told manong Eric that he will just pull out his ‘Perspective’ from DxCC. But manong Eric replied right away that he will fire Ocon,” said Rhona.
There was however no official confirmation from the RMN management if Ocon was really asked to leave the radio station.
A DxCC insider, speaking on condition of anonymity, said Ocon was told by the RMN management to stop serving as anchorman of the station’s morning program but it was unclear if he was told to resign.
Ocon’s colleagues said the councilor was courteous at first and even said “good morning” to the ex-mayor until the aging politician asked why his “Perspective” was not aired yesterday morning.
They said Ocon asked Canoy for forgiveness and explained that the decision not to air “Perspective” was because they wanted to stay focused on the coverage of a story about the arrest of councilor in Tagoloan, Misamis Oriental.
DxCC’s coverage of the councilor’s arrest started at around 2 am until 9 am, and in between those hours, DxCC tackled no story but the Tagoloan incident.
They said that both Ocon and Canoy raised their voices and in the thick of their argument, they heard Canoy telling Ocon that he would have him removed as DxCC’s program director. According to Ocon’s colleagues, the councilor replied that he did not apply for the position, and that it was merely given to him.