Here is the email from Nestle, Philippines (verbatim, except for names that have been crossed out):
I have read your recent blogs about an offer of compensation made on behalf of NestlÃ© Philippines in return for writing a blog entry.
Upon investigation, I found out that our digital agency, XXXXXXXX, commissioned Mad Crowd Media specifically to invite bloggers to an event. XXXXXXXX has informed me that they did not know such an offer of compensation was to be made. Had NestlÃ© known this beforehand, we would definitely have said no.
Nestle respects the independence and integrity of journalists and bloggers.We would never knowingly condone or be a party to any such solicitations on our behalf.
Rest assured that we are taking steps to prevent such occurrences in the future.
We look forward to maintaining open lines of communication with you.
More power to you and MarketManila.com!
Director of Communications
Nestle Philippines, Inc.
So there. The vast majority of readers who commented objected to the concept of “pay for editorial/post”. And both clients mentioned in the MCM emails likewise clearly state in writing that they would not condone such offers. Thank you, NestlÃ© Philippines, Inc., for your email and clarification.