As the Tagalog saying goes, “Kapag ang PUNO hitik sa BUNGA, binabato.”
IMO, the above phrase perfectly describes the situation of Deputy Speaker Rodante Marcoleta after his epic performance on live TV, particularly his opening statement enumerating the reasons why ABS-CBN should not be given a new franchise, became a huge hit on social media.
Wanna bet? Well, this is what Atty. Trixie, admin of the FB page Luminous by Trixie Cruz-Angeles & Ahmed Paglinawan discovered when she visited ABS-CBN’s twitter and that the Kapamilya had already set in motion an attack to discredit the Party list representative.
How? ABS-CBN interviewed journalism professors to discredit Marcoleta by unmasking his mistakes on social media. Of course, Atty. Trixie did not let this slide and answered the journalism professors attacks point by point.
Atty. Trixie also pointed out ABS-CBN’s strategy and that is, making this as a freedom of speech issue which she said is wrong because speech is a right while franchise is privilege.
You may read the original FB post below.
Checked out ABS CBN’s twitter and found that they interviewed journalism professors who claim that, among others:
Rep. Marcoleta took internet issues and made them basis for opposing ABS CBN’s franchise. One of them went so far as to say, “that is not how you argue a case.”
First. It was an opening statement, and not one that is supposed to lay out evidence and make arguments. His job was to define the issues that ABS was to answer in defending its claim to a franchise. If he acted partisan, well hell… he is OPPOSING the grant of the franchise.
Second, it is not a judicial case where Marcoleta is arguing as a prosecutor and ABS stands accused. That is what they want this to look like, with ABS as the poor innocent victim being manhandled by the big bad government. This is a legislative hearing where ABS has no right, but needs to prove that it is worthy of the privilege of holding a franchise to broadcast.
Third, Marcoleta did mention that the issues were being discussed online, but is that sufficient to dismiss them? These issues were in fact raised as far back as 2014 — not a peep out of any supporters or even from ABS itself. They refused to die because they were never answered. And the time for reckoning has come.
Finally, it is clear that ABS is sticking to their strategy of making this a freedom of speech issue. Fine. But as we keep saying. Speech is a right. A franchise is a privilege.
This is like watching a train wreck. Its going to be gross and bloody and I can’t look away.
Journalism professors @dannyarao and @felipesalvosa say the accusations by Rep. Marcoleta at the House hearing on #ABSCBNfranchise were "recycled" and "rehashed" claims thrown at the network, adding that the lawmaker failed to deliver fresh arguments that would support his case. pic.twitter.com/3MzSYrOAm7— ABS-CBN News Channel (@ANCALERTS) May 27, 2020