“The filing of the Office of the Solicitor General of a quo warranto petition against ABS-CBN really has dangerous implications. We know that in any democracy, in a modern democracy, a free press is not our enemy,”
Hindi nagustuhan ni opposition senator Risa HOntiveros ang paghahain ni SOlicitor General Jose Calida ng “quo warranto” para ibasura ang prangkisa ng ABS-CBN.
Ayon sa senadora, ang kalayaan daw na mag-operate ng ABS-CBN ay kalayaan para sa bawat Pilipino.
Banat pa ni Hontiveros, ang kongreso lamang ang may karapatang tumalakay sa prangkisa ng ABS-CBN.
“Here in the Senate or in the whole of Congress, there are still a lot of advocates of press freedom, and we will not give up that mandate, that responsibility to hear and decide on the issue of franchises in mass media… Whether or not ABS-CBN violated the terms of their franchise, the right body to tackle this is Congress and the executive should not try to hijack this through the judiciary,” sabi ni Hontiveros.
Boladas ni Hontiveros, mukhang sinusunod daw ni SOlicitor General Calida ang kagustuhan ni Pangulong Rodrigo Roa Duterte.
“Well, the President has been vocal — threatening, warning ABS-CBN that their franchise will not be renewed. So it’s not hard to think that, because the solicitor general is the legal counsel of the government and the Office of the President, that he may just be granting the wish of the President,” ani Hontiveros.