Kamakailan lang ay muling nagbanta si Pangulong Rodrigo Roa Duterte na haharangin niya ang renewal ng prangkisa ng media giant na ABS-CBN. Ang prangkisa ng media company ay mapapaso na sa Marso sa susunod na taon.
“If you are expecting na ma-renew ‘yan (franchise), I am sorry. I will see to it that you are out. Ilan kaming mga kandidato (noong 2016 elections) na kinuha niyo ang pera namin but you never aired our (election) propaganda,” banat ni Pangulong Duterte.
Ang pahayag na ito ng administrasyon ay inalmahan ng National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP) at hinikayat ang kongreso na kontrahin plano ni Pangulong Duterte.
“This puts the ball clearly in Congress’ court where, unfortunately, Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano earlier bared his own personal beef with the network,” sabi ng NUJP.
“Do not allow one man’s vindictiveness displace thousand of workers, including journalist and artistas, and spell the end for the freedom of the press and of expression,” dagdag pa ng NUJP.
Matatandaang nagpahayag din ng personal na pagtutol si House Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano sa franchise renewal ng ABS-CBN. Ipinaliwanag ng House Speaker na may kaugnayan ang kanyang “personal objection” sa nangyari noong 2016 elections.
“People like me, I also have some objections [about the extension]. I’ll tell you, this is my personal [opinion], okay?… On one hand I feel that we have to protect the freedom of the press and freedom of expression; on the other hand I feel that there’s certain instances in history, and in the 2016 election, that some sectors or leaders of ABS interfered unjustly… So how do you sort it out? Like right now, we can debate that, and of course, you will stand up for the network but I’d rather have it in a hearing, straight talk, face to face, and talk about it,” sabi ni House Speaker Cayetano.