Atty. Trixie Cruz-Angeles, a pro-Duterte lawyer and radio host, has taken to social media to answer the logical questions of netizens in light of President Duterte endorsement of the bill allowing foreigner ownership of communications and broadcast businesses.
On Facebook Angeles asked: “Bakit na endorso ni Pangulo ang bill sa Kongreso para payagan ang foreign ownership sa communications and broadcast?“
Angeles answered that President Duterte wants to liberalize the industry, thereby, destroying the duopoly of the two biggest networks in the country, and subsequently, end the rent seeking practice of ABS-CBN. “To liberalize it. Isipin ninyo magkaka competition na ang dalawang malalaking networks. Foreign pa, and presumably maraming pera. Mahirapan mag rent seeking sina ABS, di ba?“
On doubts if this bill does have an effect of the current quo warranto case, Angeles said she doubt it. Because the SolGen is targeting the violation of the Constitution. Besides the law is not retroactive. “Does this affect the current quo warranto case. I doubt it. Kasi yung puntirya ni SolGen ay yung violation ng saligang batas at the time. Hindi naman retroactive ang batas.“
Angeles believed that even if the law on ownership is changed, ABS-CBN still violated the provisions of their franchise. According to her, this is oher grounds like pay TV and attempts to monopolize broadcasting. “Kahit magbago ang batas on ownership, lumabag pa rin sila sa prankisa nila. Ito yung ibang grounds tulad ng pay tv and yung attempts to monopolize broadcasting.“
Do netizens support this move? Well, let us read some of the comments of netizens below.
This netizen commented he is all for it if this means breaking the monopoly of the two giant networks in the country. “To break the monopoly of the 2 big networks that are known to be notoriously biased, I’m for it.”
Another netizen welcomed the move. ” It’s a great strategy to weaken the influence of ABS-CBN and other msm in the country.”
Meanwhile this netizen have mixed emotions about the bill. “This step sounds good. But the questions will be on how the legislation (same old trapos) will finalize the law and how it will be implemented by the executives. Since our current government organization is full of unproductive, unqualified and probably corrupt officials. That’s where we should be afraid of. Nothing has changed since People Power.”
Another netizen have reservations on the proposed bill. “But the problem with foreign media is they are owned and manage by anti-du30 admin like CNN. May be not as twisted like abs and gma inquirer, but just the same, twisted news. Pansin ko lang po.”
This netizen sounded confused despite the clear explanation of Atty. Trixie. “Sorry atty, I’m a little bit confused with this new bill. If the existing constitution prohibits foreign ownership so that di maimpluwensyahan ng foreigners ang bansa natin, how come ngayon, we are opening our doors to them na. Please enlighten me/us.”