(July 14, 2020) – President Rodrigo Duterte was not alluding to the owners of the country’s largest broadcast network when he boasted he had dismantled the oligarchy without imposing martial law, a government spokesman said on Tuesday.
Harry Roque was still trying to deflect criticism the popular leader was behind the decision of a congressional committee to reject the franchise renewal of the Lopez-controlled ABS-CBN.
In a regular news briefing, he insisted this was just a coincidence, saying Duterte was actually referring to Lucio Tan of Philippine Airlines, Manny Pangilinan of Maynilad, and the Ayalas of Manila Water.
But these tycoons did not lose any franchise for the utilities companies and airline unlike the owners of ABS-CBN.
In fact, Duterte had settled differences with the three businessmen, saying he would “shut up forever” about Tan’s tax liabilities in 2018 after the business tycoon offered to repatriate workers from Kuwait.
In June, the president said he would also “forget” filing cases against water concessionaires Maynilad and Manila Water if they accept new government terms and “return money to the people.
Roque said: “Bati na sila ngayon.”
Roque was not in Jolo on Monday when he addressed the troops and boasted he was able to dismantle an oligarchy.
But he stood by his earlier statements that the president had nothing to do with the franchise vote.
“Lahat ng sinasabi niya, kinacapture, iniindex ng opisina,” he said.
“It’s on the basis of his prior contemporaneous statements.”
Roque has repeatedly said Duterte was neutral on the matter of the ABS-CBN franchise, calling it the sole power of Congress as a co-equal government institution.
However, Duterte has been attacking ABS-CBN in his many speeches, emphasizing his opposition to the network’s franchise renewal and has even asked the owners of ABS-CBN to sell the network.
In a speech aired on Tuesday, Duterte told soldiers on a southern island in the Philippines, “I am very happy. Without declaring martial law, I dismantled the oligarchy that controlled the economy of the Filipino people.”
The populist leader made the statement a week after a panel in the lower chamber of Congress denied renewing the 74-year old ABS-CBN ‘s franchise in a 70-11 vote.
Former dictator Ferdinand Marcos had also shut down ABS-CBN after declaring martial law in 1972.
“Isang pamilya lang ang nag-uusap dyan, ganun nila nilaro ang bayan ko. Ang oligarchy ng Pilipinas, binuwal ko talaga, yan ang sentimyento ko,” Duterte said
Also on Monday, House Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano even posted on Facebook, likening ABS-CBN owners to oligarchs, who “deprive the country of billions in much needed funds by skirting and bending the law. Many times in connivance with the political elite.”
Roque though said he had no authority to speak for Cayetano.
He also denied that the president has cronies of his own, saying Duterte ally Dennis Uy built his fortune in mining.
“Mayaman na si Dennis Uy, dati pa. Hindi na kailangan si Presidente para lumaki,” Roque said.
In the same speech aired on Tuesday, Duterte declared coal would still be used for energy in the next 30 years, as alternative sources such as solar energy was still not sustainable.
Our Privacy Commitment
TV5 Network Inc. values and respects your right to privacy. We are committed to safeguarding your personal data in compliance with Republic Act No. 10173 or the Data Privacy Act of 2012 and its Implementing Rules and Regulations.
Why do we collect your personal information (as applicable)?
We collect and maintain basic information about you as users of TV5 sites for the following purposes:
Where do we get your personal information?
There are several ways we collect your personal information.
Information that you personally provided.
Most of the personal information we have are those that you have provided us when you:
Information we collect during your engagement with us
We also collect information as you use our products and services, like:
Information we collect from other sources
We also collect your personal information through other activities such as our market research initiatives, when you visit and use our websites and mobile apps, and from our subsidiaries, affiliates, and third-party business partners to whom you have given consent to share your information to us.
When do we disclose personal information?
There are circumstances when we are required to share some of the information you have provided us. In these cases, we ensure that your personal information will be disclosed on a confidential manner, through secure channels that is in compliance with the Data Privacy Act and other privacy laws.
In some instances, we may be required to disclose your personal information to our agents, subsidiaries, affiliates, business partners and other third-party agencies and service providers as part of our regular business operations and for the provision of our programs and services. This means we might share your information with:
How we protect your personal information
We also put in effect the following safeguards:
TV5 will not collect, use, or disclose your personal information for any purpose other than those identified in this Commitment, your Service Agreement or our Terms of Service, and any other purpose that you may have given your consent for.
For greater clarity, unless you provide specific consent, we shall not:
What are your choices?
You are given certain rights in relation to your personal data under the Data Privacy Act. We would like to ensure that we have your consent to continue to collect, use, and disclose your personal information for the purposes that we have identified. We want you to know that you do have choices and can object or withdraw your consent and/or edit your consent preferences at any time.
If you wish to have access to your personal information in our records; or you think that such personal information we have of you is incomplete, not up-to-date, or otherwise inaccurate, you may get in touch with our Data Privacy Officer through the contact details provided below. In some instances, we may request for supporting documents or proof before we effect any requested changes to your personal information.
Data Protection Officer
TV5 Network Inc.
Reliance corner Sheridan Streets
What happens when there are changes in our Policy?
You will always be provided notice if these changes are significant and, if we are required by law, we will ensure to obtain your updated consent.