(July 13, 2020) — President Rodrigo Duterte’s spokesman on Monday has urged journalists and other supporters of the country’s largest broadcast network to “move on”, three days after the congressional panel voted to deny Lopez family-controlled radio and television corporation a franchise.
At a press briefing at Malacañan Palace, spokesman Harry Roque said the decision of the House of Representative committee on franchise must be respected after hundreds of journalists and media workers signed a joint statement condemning the congressional vote and calling for the government to grant ABS-CBN a franchise.
“Maski po tayo ay manghinayang eh tapos na po ang boxing at dumaan na po sa proseso sang-ayon po sa Saligang Batas, wala na po tayong magagawa. Let’s move on,” Roque told journalists.
“Tapos na ang boxing. Let’s move on.”
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He said the president has been neutral on the issue after announcing that he has forgiven the TV network for not airing his campaign ads back in 2016. But he has not made a categorical statement he would not oppose the franchise renewal.
“Dati po mayroon siyang hinanakit; nagpatawad na po ang Presidente at nagdesisyon na po ang Committee on Legislative Franchises ng Mababang Kapulungan,” he said.
The popular leader has repeatedly said he will oppose a franchise and even advised the owners of the network to sell ABS-CBN in a speech last December.
Roque, however, admitted the denial for a renewed franchise for ABS-CBN is a big loss for the government’s information dissemination efforts.
“Aaminin ko po, mayroon po. Dito po sa Office of the Press Secretary, mas matindi pong interview ang gagawin natin dahil nawala po iyong pinakamalaking reach para sa dissemination natin. Pero ganiyan po talaga.”
Roque also disputed the statement of Vice President Leni Robredo likening the denial of the ABS-CBN franchise to the company’s closure during the Martial Law period under former president Ferdinand Marcos.
“With all due respect we disagree, but we do so vehemently. Alam po natin ang nangyari doon sa panahon ng Martial Law, may prangkisa po, ipinasara. Pero ang nangyari po ngayon, napaso ang prangkisa, hindi po na-renew.”
Roque has assured the 11,000 workers of ABS-CBN who are now at risk of losing their jobs that the government will help them.
“Huwag po kayong mag-alala, kasama po ng lahat ng mga Pilipino na alam nating humarap sa pagsubok, nandiyan po ang ating Presidente, gagastusin po niya ang huling centavos/sentimo ng ating kaban ng bayan para sa inyong kapakanan.”
“Makai ang utang na loob ko sa ABS-CBN.”
Masakit daw para kay Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque ang nangyari sa ABS-CBN, lalo’t may utang na loob daw siya sa nasabing network.
Posted by News5 on Sunday, July 12, 2020
ABS-CBN continued to air on cable and via digital platform after a 70-11 vote denying its franchise renewal on Friday.
Also on Monday, the Philippine Stock Exchange has ordered the suspension of trading ABS-CBN shares and Philippine Depositary Receipts or PDRs issued by ABS-CBN Holdings, pending the company’s submission of a full disclosure on the impact of the decision to its business. (Tony Castelltort/MM)
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