(FEBRUARY 19, 2020) – A senator on Wednesday lashed out at a radio anchor who told him to resign after pledging loyalty to President Rodrigo Duterte, as the issue on the franchise renewal of ABS-CBN heats up.
Senator Ronald “Bato” de la Rosa, a former national police chief, found nothing wrong in supporting the president.
“Mali ba ang maging loyal sa isang duly-elected president […] who is willing to confront the oligarchs who had been bastardizing this country for so long a time?” de la Rosa, a fierce ally of the president, said in a text message.
“Sabihan mo siya, I’m willing to hear her answer,” referring to the female radio anchor.
Czarina Balba, also known as DJ Chacha, called out the senator in a series of tweets, asking him to resign and just apply as the presidential bodyguard because of his blind loyalty to the leader and not to the institution and public.
I suggest mag-resign na dapat si Senator Bato sa pagiging senador at mag-apply na Bodyguard ng Presidente tutal naman ang loyalty niya ay sa Pangulo at hindi sa taong bayan.
— DJ Chacha (@mor1019chacha) February 18, 2020
Dela Rosa also reminded DJ Chacha about the “many times” he has risked his own life for the country.
The senator has also drew flak after admitting in an interview at the Senate yesterday that while he is willing to listen to the upper chamber’s hearing on ABS-CBN’s franchise, his opinion on the matter is already biased towards Duterte.
Duterte had repeatedly threatened to shutdown the network for failing to air his paid advertisements during the 2016 campaign.
“I will live and die with President Duterte,” he said on Tuesday. “Ako ay totoong tao, sabi ko may bias ako towards my President.”
This prompted Balba to tweet about how the electorate keeps on voting politicians with “puppet” roles in the government.
“‘Wag kang umasa na marunong silang tumayo at ipaglaban ang tama kasi nagfa-function ang utak nila alinsunod sa pinuno nila,” she said.
Yan ang mahirap kapag mahilig kayong bumoto ng mga politikong PUPPET ang role sa gobyerno. Wag kang umasa na marunong silang tumayo at ipaglaban ang tama kase nagfufunction ang utak nila alinsunod sa pinuno nila.
— DJ Chacha (@mor1019chacha) February 18, 2020
ABS-CBN’s franchise expires on March 30, and the status of its franchise renewal remains in limbo. House Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano does not believe the issue should be tackled with urgency and might be taken up in the lower chamber around May.
The House of Representatives is mandated by the Constitution to solely be the driving force of action on franchises. The Senate cannot act on the matter unless it is resolved by their counterparts at the House.
But Senator Grace Poe said her committee on public services will conduct a hearing on the matter but will not file a report until the House is done deliberating so as not to violate any law.
This is despite the motion for a gag order filed by the Office of the Solicitor General to prevent the network and concerned parties to talk about the merits of its on-going petition for quo warranto against ABS-CBN.
The OSG in its petition said the network operated one of its channels, KBO, without proper approvals and papers from the National Telecommunications Commission.
Apart from this, the OSG also alleges the network operated on funds from foreign investors. (Randell Ritumalta/MM)
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