ABS-CBN’s franchise issue might be due to Duterte’s hurt feelings

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What is the reason behind the issue of ABS-CBN’s franchise renewal? Apparently, the network hurt Duterte’s feelings.

This seems to be the main consensus of the viewing pvblic, who closely followed the Senate hearing covering the issue today. ABS-CBN emerged relatively unscathed from the litany of accusations that it’s facing after multiple government agencies cleared the network of any wrongdoings.

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The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) confirmed that ABS-CBN has been ‘regularly filing and paying their taxes for the past number of years’. The National Trade Commission (NTC) and the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) also maintains that no laws were violated.

ABS-CBN’s misstep, it seems, is that it aired an ad during the 2016 presidential race that hurt and offended the President. As revealed by Senator Bong Go, the ad in question showed Duterte cursing and joking about the rape of an Australian missionary.

ABS-CBN president Carlo Katigbak said that the ad, paid for by Antonio Trillanes IV, complied with election laws and had every right to be aired.

Katigbak also revealed that the Php 7 million of unaired paid ads, which Duterte has routinely used to justify his disdain, was a result of the network’s limited time slots during the hectic campaign period.

He adds that the amount had already been partially refunded. Php 4 million was already sent back, while 2.6 million was delayed and later denied by Duterte’s camp.

Still, Katigbak was apologetic and claimed that ABS-CBN does not have a political agenda.

 

But despite the seemingly personal grievances, Go maintained that the President’s scrutiny isn’t based on a desire for revenge.

‘Nasaktan ang Presidente, nababoy ang Presidente. Hindi vindictive ang Pangulo but it is clear that someone went overboard to malign him‘, said Go. The senator also promised that he would appeal to Duterte, as he doesn’t want the workers to lose their jobs.

But even with Go’s assurance, the pvblic wasn’t exactly convinced.