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Robredo warns ‘chilling effect’ on media of ABS-CBN’s franchise rejection

Vice President Leni Robredo/ | FILE PHOTO: REUTERS/Ezra Acayan

Vice President Leni Robredo warned on Friday, July 10 the “chilling effect” on the controversial decision of the House panel to reject the new franchise plea of broadcast giant ABS-CBN.

“Hindi kalabisang isipin na maaaring magbabago ang editorial choices ng ibang pahayagan gawa ng panggigipit na ginawa sa ABS-CBN,” Robredo said in a statement.

“Inaalisan nito ng kabuhayan ang libu-libong nasa empleyo ng network, bukod pa ang mga contractual, at ang iba pang mga industriyang nakasalalay sa mga proyekto ng network. Inaampat nito ang daloy ng wasto at napapanahong impormasyon,” she added.

On Friday, out of the 85 members of the committee, 70 lawmakers voted to deny granting the franchise; 11 voted for granting the franchise, two inhibited from voting, and one abstained.

The vote outcome was in line with the recommendation of the Technical Working Group (TWG) committee resolution not to grant ABS-CBN a broadcast franchise license.

READ: House panel denies ABS-CBN’s bid for new franchise

“Pinatay na nila ang renewal ng prangkisa,” the Vice President said.

Robredo also urged Filipinos to remember the names of the congressmen and officials who voted against the renewal, saying that the “choice of leaders matters.”

“Kaya’t tandaan natin ang nga pangalan ng mga kongresista at opisyal na tumaliwas sa ating mga paniniwala upang mapanagot sila gamit ang mga prosesong pangdemokrasya; tandaan din natin ang mga kahanay natin, upang maisulong at bigyang-lakas pa ang mga tulad nila,” she added.

“Our choice of leaders matters. Mahalagang pumili ng mga pinunong tunay sa sumasalamin sa ating mga adhikain at prinsipyo. Kaya’t tandaan natin ang mga pangalan ng kongresista at opisyal na tumaliwas sa ating mga paniniwala upang mapanagot sila gamit ang mga prosesong pangdemokrasya.”

Robredo, meanwhile, stressed that the government should have been focusing on its COVID-19 response instead of ABS-CBN’s shutdown, the arrest of Rappler CEO Maria Ressa, and the signing of the controversial Anti-Terrorism Act.

 

 

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