During the Congressional hearing on ABS-CBN’s franchise, CEO and ABS-CBN President Carlo Katigbak said that the Kapamilya network is innocent until proven guilty.
Well, if you asks Atty. Larry Gadon, this is BS.
“Ang sinabi ni Atty Carlo Katigbak na they are innocent until proven guilty ay walang katuturan, ito ay nonsense, immaterial and irrelevant.”
In a statement issued to the media, Atty. Gadon described Katigbak’s statement self-serving which came from the scripted hearing of Sen. Grace Poe. This is in contrast to the multiple cases (labor law violations) of ABS-CBN at NLCR, CA and SC. This is also contrary when compared to their tax payments vis-a-vis GMA7 when ABS-CBN is bigger in terms of revenue.
1. Ito ay self serving statement na nanggaling sa scripted hearing ni Grace Poe . Taliwas ito sa mga isang tambak na kaso sa NLRC , CA at SC tungkol sa labor law violations. Taliwas din ito sa comparison ng tax payments ng GMA7 samatanlang mas malaki ang Abs Cbn in terms of income
The tax avoidance scheme of the Kapamilya network via PEZA was recently discovered, so this can be the basis to revoke its registration and BIR can go after them to collect taxes.
2. Ang tax avoidance sa PEZA ay ngayon lang nadiskubre, so pwde pa rin ma revoke ang registration nito at muling singilin sa dinaya na buwis. Kitang kita ito kumpara sa ibinayad ng GMA7
And lastly, Atty. Gadon remarked that the franchise hearing isn’t a criminal case, hence the principle of presumption of innocence does not apply. Rather, it is legislative and political in nature. Determining ABS-CBN’s guilt is not the objective. It is the political discretion of the Congressmen based on the record and reputation of the franchise applicant because it is a privilege not a birth right of ABS-CBN.
3. At ang pinakamahalaga , Hindi criminal case ang Franchise hearing .. Hindi nag aaply dito ang presumption of innocence, legislative and political in nature ang franchise hearing.. hindi dito tinitingnan kung guilty or not , political discretion ito sa mga congressman base sa mga record at reputasyon ng applikante ng franchise dahil ito ay privilege lamang , hindi ito birthright ng Abs Cbn . Ang mga nasabing violations ay public knowledge , hindi kailangan dito ang may sentensya ng guilty or innocent para tanggihan o bigyan ng franchise.
Atty. Trixie also shared further comments from Atty Larry re ABS-CBN franchise hearing:
Katigbak’s drama is shallow, lacks substance. “Ang babaw ng drama ni Katigbak , halatang walang laman.”
On Katigbak’s statement that ABS-CBN is innocent until proven guilty. Gadon asked if the franchise hearing is a criminal procedure? “Innocent until proven guilty daw oh!? Ano ba yan franchise hearing , criminal procedure ba yan?”
Atty. Gadon defined the meaning of franchise to enlighten Katigbak. “A franchise is a privilege, granting of franchise is a discretion of lawmakers, guilt or innocence is not an issue, as long as they are convinced that the applicant is not worthy and entitled to the privilege, guilt or innocence is not an issue.”
Atty. Gadon gave a hypothetical scene during the Congressional hearing on ABS-CBN’s franchise to drive home his point to Carlo Katigbak.
“In fact pwde sabihin ng isang congressman, ‘hindi ko gusto suot mo polo at hindi ko gusto brand ng relo mo, so i will not vote for your franchise’ … Pwdeng pwde.. political decision un.. hindi mo pwede sagutin ,” your honor i am innocent until proven guilty..”
And then one more example.
“Pwde ka sagutin ng cong ‘eh ano ngayon? Eh sa ayaw ko eh.. kasi ngetpa ka at tanga ka’.. pwde pa rin.”
Source: Larry Gadon