Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo thinks the Lopezes’ arrogance is the real reason why ABS-CBN Broadcasting Corp. is on the verge of losing its franchise.
Panelo said President Rodrigo Duterte took “personally” what the Lopezes did in the last days of the 2016 campaign to derail his march to Malacanang.
Panelo could not understand why it took ABS-CBN President Carlo Lopez Katigbak nearly four years since airing the anti-Duterte ad and less than a month before its franchise’s expiration before saying sorry to Duterte.
“Iyon nga ang sinasabi ni Presidente, alam n’yo na may atraso kayo, may ginawa ba kayo? Wala. Iyon nga ang tinatawag na hubris – masyado kayong mayabang,” said Panelo in a briefing.
Panelo said it was up to the President whether he would accept Katigbak’s apology in the Senate. “Dapat noon pa nila ginawa ‘yon (pag-sorry)…Na kay Presidente iyon kasi matagal nang nangyari iyon, kumbaga, kung hindi nag-alboruto sa iyo, saka ka lang hihingi ng paumanhin. Na kay Presidente iyon, I don’t know how to respond to that. It’s a personal decision,” he said.
Katigbak said sorry to Duterte for not airing his campaign ad despite accepting his P2.6 million advance payment (which it refunded weeks after election day) but stood firm on ABS-CBN’s decision to air the anti-Duterte ad paid for by then vice presidential bet Antonio Trillanes despite a temporary restraining order from the court.