Rumesbak si Senador Franklin Drilon sa mga banat sa kanya ni Pangulong Rodrigo Roa Duterte noong State of the Nation Address (SONA). Ayon sa senador, mas detalyado pa daw ang banat sa kanyan kumpara sa aksyon ng gobyerno laban sa pagsugpo sa covid-19.
“Hindi ko inaakala dahil sa maliwanag naman na noong kinampihan ko ang ABS-CBN, iyon po ay dahil sa aking tingin, hindi tama at masama ang dating para sa ating press freedom… I have been hearing SONA for the last several years. This is the first SONA where I was the introduction and I was the conclusion… I was surprised. I did not expect it. But I stand for what I believe is necessary. I believe that the franchise should not have been terminated and ABS-CBN should have been allowed to continue broadcasting especially at this time of pandemic. There were precedents in the past that we allowed a franchise to continue while it was being heard in Congress,” boladas ni Drilon.
Magugunita na kahapon ay hindi pinalampas ni Pangulong Duterte ang mga pinagagagawa ni Drilon at binanatan niya ito mismo sa kanya SONA. Inungkat ng Presidente ang pagiging parte umano ni Drilons a ACCRA law office na diumno’y gumawa kontra sa mga water companies.
“You know Drilon, stand it —he was defending… I would like to ask Drilon, were you a part of ACCRA when this contract of Ayala water was being drafted?
And why are you fumigating? Bakit kasi ikaw lang ang galit? Na sabi mo na dynasty-dynasty. You are a hypocrite. You know that you cannot pass an anti-dynasty law. Ikaw ang nandiyan sa Congress, ̳di ikaw ang mauna dito. But you know, to take it against me for protecting my country is something which I really resent. Alam mo you described using the dictionary the synonym ng mga oligarchs, oligarchy, kung ano, then you proceeded to characterize everyone every —every name and then said that oligarchy is not bad at all because sa —not all oligarchies are bad. True.But ito, to my countrymen, the oligarchy that exists in this country is the oligarchy that existed during the Spanish time. And the Spanish lands and the friar lands and all the benefits that were passed on to the Insulares who did not go back to Spain or to the Spaniards and into their… But that was long ago, it has been forgotten. This is the oligarchy that controls the Philippines by what? By taking control of the water and the electricity and power. Iyan ang oligarchy mo Drilon. [applause] Wala ng oligarchy dito except that. They have controlled. Look at… How can you now craft a new contract? Because I would insist that you pay the billions and billions that you collected.For example, water treatment. O nandiyan sa kontrata. It‘s in the billing, they are being collected since 1997. Ilang bilyon na nga wala ni isa, not even a faucet was built for a water treatment facility.Iyan ang mahirap sa… You do not protect the oligarchs here. You are the one. Ikaw lang mag-isa. And I suspect that you were also the one —or helped when you were there in the ACCRA,” sabi ni Pangulong Duterte.