- President Duterte slammed ABS-CBN anew.
- ABS-CBN franchise renewal is being pushed by the President to be blocked.
- The said franchise renewal is set sometime in March 2020.
President Rodrigo Duterte has revived his threat against ABS-CBN and its franchise renewal.
It seemed that the President’s beef against media giant ABS-CBN is not yet over as he threatened to block again the media network’s franchise renewal.
In a speech in Malay, Aklan, President Duterte again slammed ABS-CBN and its chairman emeritus Eugenio “Gabby” Lopez III for allegedly swindling him.
“Yung franchise ninyo, matatapos. But let me ask you questions first. Kasi ako talaga mag-object na marenew kayo. Alam mo bakit? Magnanakaw kayo. Estapador. Ginawa ninyo sa amin, marami kami,” the President said.
“Kalakas ng loob… mukhang marami kami sila Chiz Escudero, tanggap nang tanggap. Niloko ninyo kami, marami hindi lang ako kaya kayo hindi ko kayo palusutin,” Duterte added.
President Duterte also castigated the network for allegedly favoring Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV‘s political ads over his, which he said was already paid for.
“Alam mo yung ginawa ng mga p*****g i*a kayo, ikaw Gabby. Inuna mo pa yung advertisement ni Trillanes na hindi ikaw. Pinaniraan ako ng mga bata, ay si Duterte killer yan. Sa batas, there was an injunction na hindi pwede yan kasi bawal na gamitin mo ang bata. And yet pumunta talaga kayo, went ahead with the show and made it public,”
ABS-CBN’s franchise is up for renewal in March 2020 and its enabling law which is House Bill 4349 is still pending at the House of Representatives.
The network has been a constant target of the President ever since.
In April of 2017, Duterte first threatened the network that he will block their franchise renewal. Last August 2018, the President again called for a non-renewal of the network’s franchise after it carried the news about his deteriorating health.