Lawyer to ABS-CBN supporters a year after: “hindi pinasara ang ABS CBN. Their franchise expired”

On supporters of the Kapamilya network using hashtags #ABSCBNShutdown on Twitter a year after the giant network went off the air, Atty. Trixie Cruz-Angeles of the FB page Luminous by Trixie Cruz-Angeles & Ahmed Paglinawan took to Facebook to remind them what really happened.

“Reminder, now that the anniversary is over, hindi pinasara ang ABS CBN. Their franchise expired.”

Atty. Trixie said the Kapamilya network failed to justify many of their actions hence they could not get a new franchise.

“They did not get a new one because they could not justify many of their actions, such as the use of tax avoidance mechanisms, labor issues with questionable resolutions, undocumented alleged ownership of property, the misuse of stock schemes to go around their franchise restrictions (AMCARA et al) and other such mysteries.”

“Was and is Government required to give them a franchise? No. All ABS CBN had to do was satisfy the doubts of Congress,” Atty. Trixie added.

Atty. Trixie blamed the Kapamilya’s not so persuasive attitude towards securing a new franchise.

“But the station, which had virtually dictated Filipino tastes and aesthetics as well as political narratives suddenly wasn’t very persuasive.”

Besides, a franchise is a privilege and no one get is by right. Therefore, when the Kapamilya network failed to get one, no whatever rights are violated, Atty. Trixie argued.

“No one gets a franchise by right. It is a privilege. So when ABS CBN didn’t get one, there is no right violated. No freedom denied. Particularly the freedom of speech was not denied.”

Atty. Trixie cited the noisy supporters of the Kapamilya Network on Twitter and Facebook as a perfect example that their freedom of speech has not been compromised.

“In fact its defenders keep exercising that right loudly and vigorously, even if they sound shrill and tend to strain the limits of believability.”

Atty. Trixie remarked that if the fantards of ABS-CBN continue to make drama, that’s their right, even if they sound stupid.

“So kung nagdadrama pa rin yung mga ABS CBN ‘tards, thats the freedom of the democratic space. That is the right to sound as stupid as they want to be.”

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Posted by Luminous by Trixie Cruz-Angeles & Ahmed Paglinawan on Sunday, May 9, 2021

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