While GMA 7’s franchise renewal application has breezed through Congress, the same cannot be said of its rival ABS-CBN.
The media giant is facing an uphill battle after President Duterte has expressed his intention of blocking the renewal of its franchise in Congress for various offenses namely: swindling and estafa.
It can be recalled that Duterte accused ABS-CBN of accepting his money to pay for an air time for an election campaign ad but that campaign was not aired by the media giant.
Moving forward, Duterte issued the statement during an ambush interview with reporters including Rappler who captured the President’s statement ad verbatim. Check out the transcript of the brief interview with Duterte.
“No to extension. It has been there for about 25 years. Sabi ng batas ok na. ONLY if you adhere to journalistic principles. Yung ginawa nyo sa amin estafa, swindling, not only me pati si Escudero, pati si ano… marami pa yan. Inotso ninyo, putang ina kayo, harapan magkolekta kayo tapos eestafa nyo kami. So, I will file a complaint. Congress no need to renew it. But to offer it with something else. I have to point this out: Yung basura ninyo, then will see.”
The voice of female reporter can be heard asking Duterte: “Wait, Sir just to clarify you are going to block the renewal of franchise of ABS?
Duterte responded: “Yes, you have to commit a crime. If ganoon ka kaano, you’re engaged in swindling for all we know ilang kompanya dito na hindi n’yo pinalabas. If you operate, ABS-CBN, tapos manloloko lang kayo ng tao, mag-swindling kayo, I have to stop you, ‘di ba? Eh kung manloloko ka, anong gagawin ko? he asked.”
Duterte’s statement has divided the opinion of netizens especially in the Rappler thread whose Facebook followers are mostly anti-Duterte.
Rico Guiao slammed Duterte and said: “Mas maganda hayaan o sulsulan si dotae na i block ang abs cbn dyan na sya babagsak, dami mawawalan ng trabaho, mga empleyado ng abs cbn pati mga artista mkkalaban nya, kung di nyo nppabsin mas takot sya sa mga artista kesa sa mga general, wala ni kahut isabg artista tinuro nya involve o khit user mn lng sa drugs, iba hatak ng artista mdali sya i people power, di nmn nya mppabindigan i block ang abs cbn; bunganga lng c dutae..”
Enrico Vargas agrees with Duterte and wrote: “freedom of the press, yan lagi shield nyo!..kung nag rereport kayo ng fair edi walang problema…it’s ok to criticise but to destabilize di pwedi..masyado namang lantaran talaga ang ginagawa ng ilang MEDIA ORGANIZATION….”
Mikel Bolalin wrote: “See a dictator in the making, whoever criticizes him shall be silenced but whoever he wants to criticize, he has the authority.”
Ricardo Mallari have a different take on the issue and sided with Duterte: “Tama lang yan freedom of press daw kuno okey sana kung tama ang mga pinagbabalitang iba kaso maliwag na bayad ang istasyon nayan pag di kakampi sisiraan ng media masyado naman silang halata madami ng gising ngayon pag dating sa mga patayan at andaming akusasyon sa pangulo ang bilis ibalita pero ung magandang nagagawa ng pangulo at kanyang pamahalaan nababalita ba at ibabalita ba.”
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