Sunday 22 September, 2019

PNP councillor says 'mean' comments taken out of context

Venesha Phillips

Venesha Phillips

People’s National Party (PNP) Councillor for the Papine Division in Eastern St Andrew, Venesha Phillips, said her remarks about party members wanting free tickets to attend the recently-held Shaggy and Friends charity show were part of a private conversation and were taken out of context.

She sought to make the clarification in response to a Loop News article on her comments.

"The way the release is constructed, when read, gives the impression that I deliberately and intentionally placed a social media posting on different social media platforms for general consumption by the public. I did no such thing," Phillips said.

"While some of (the) quotations attributed to me in the release are true, they were expressed by me in what I regarded as a private and closed WhatsApp group, which is made up of designated persons, and who  engage in frank and candid discourses on topical issues on a regular basis," she added.

She further added in a statement to Loop News that, "what is clear is that someone from the group selectively, and without context, leaked sections of my postings to your reporter, who failed to exercise one of the cardinal rules of journalism, which is to get in touch with the person in order to solicit a response."

It is to be noted that a Loop News reporter did in fact attempt to contact Phillips on Sunday.

Phillips, in the apparent tirade while speaking with colleagues in the WhatsApp group, lashed out at what she described as "mean" comrades who wanted free tickets to attend the Shaggy and Friends charity show, and have refused to give to charity in general.

She also noted that when she attended the concert at Jamaica House on Saturday night, she had to maintain a poker face because she saw too many "damn labourites".

 

See Phillips' full response below:

I write in response to a news release put out by Loop News on January 8, 2018, with the caption, 'PNP Councillor slams comrades, 'disses' labourites in foul-mouthed rant'.

The way the release is constructed, when read, gives the impression that I deliberately and intentionally placed a social media posting on different social media platforms for general consumption by the public. I did no such thing.

While some of  (the) quotations attributed to me in the release are true, they were expressed by me in what I regarded as a private and closed whatsapp group, which is made up of designated persons, and who  engage in frank and candid discourses on topical issues on a regular basis.

But what is clear is that someone from the group selectively, and without context, leaked sections of my postings to your reporter, who failed to exercise one of the cardinal rules of journalism, which is to get in touch with the person in order to solicit a response.

Loop's comment that  others are interpreting my remarks as 'being condescending and boastful' is a figment of the imagination of a person or persons, as such descriptions, for persons who really know me, are not in keeping with my outlook and character.

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