Senator Bong Go has given hope for the renewal of ABS-CBN Broadcasting Corp.’s franchise which will expire on March 2020.
“I will appeal to the President, for the simple reason na ayaw ko na may mawalan ng trabaho,” said Go during a Senate hearing.
Go also praised the Senate for holding a hearing on the ABS-CBN franchise. “It is not often that Congress has the opportunity to discuss legislative franchises of broadcasting entities of this scope and magnitude. Let us take this opportunity to ensure that the legislative franchises we grant, through the laws we enact, are geared towards the protection of public interest, and are not used to mislead or misinform the public,” said Go.
Go said the President was pissed at ABS-CBN management for running then vice presidential bet Antonio Trillanes’ campaign ad which he described was nothing but “black propaganda.”
Worse, Go said ABS-CBN refused to run Duterte’s answer to the Trillanes ad despite receiving his P2.6 million payment in advance. When ABS-CBN issued a check refunding his payment, Duterte refused to encash it because it way after the end of the election.
Go noted that ABS-CBN released the campaign video even after the court issued a temporary restraining order against the Trillanes noting that the ad “shows minors being used in black propaganda.”
“Paano ito naging political ad? Are you promoting a candidate here or are you destroying a candidate? Gusto ko lang malaman, ano ba ang priority ng network? Kumikita ang network through the airing of political ads,” Go said.
“Hindi mababaw ang rason ng Pangulo sa kanyang grievances against the network. Nasaktan ang Presidente. Nababoy ang Presidente. Hindi vindictive ang Pangulo, but it is clear that someone went overboard in trying to malign him,” he added.