Duterte tells Gabby Lopez: I won’t talk to you but I will also not intervene in ABS-CBN franchise renewal
President Rodrigo Duterte insists he is not dipping his fingers into ABS-CBN’s bid to renew its television franchise which will expire in 2020.
In a speech in Bukidnon, Duterte revealed that bilyonaryo Gabby Lopez has sent “emissaries” to his office hoping to iron out any misunderstanding between the two of them amid ABS-CBN’s application for a franchise renewal in Congress.
Duterte said he has no interest in meeting with Lopez who stepped down as ABS-CBN chairman last April. But he also assured that he would take a hands-off approach in the renewal process.
“Sige padala ng emissary kausapin ako. Pinaalis na nila si Gabby eh, kasi nila nothing will happen eh. I will not talk to you. But I will never also intervene,” said Duterte in a speech in Bukidnon.
“Pero if I had my way, I will not give it back to you. Magnanakaw kayo eh. Niloloko ninyo ‘yung maliliit,” he added.
Duterte’s beef with Lopez stemmed from ABS-CBN’s refusal to ran his campaign ad in the last few weeks of the 2016 campaign. Duterte’s ad was supposed to counter the negative campaign ad put up by Senator Antonio Trillanes against him.
“Tinanggap ‘yung two million ko, ang putang ina niya, hindi lang man lumabas… Marami kami. Marami kami. Most of the congressman. Kasi — putang ina itong ABS-CBN. Fuck you,” said Duterte.
“They could not even say, ‘We’re sorry but we could not find the appropriate space for your advertisements’. Kaya binabastos ko kayo. Kayong mga mayaman? Talagang binabastos ko kayo kasi bastos kayo numero uno eh,” he added.