While the Senate was busy conducting hearing for the ABS-CBN’s franchise renewal issue, House Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano spearheaded the relaunching of the Kobe Bryant exhibit at the House of Representatives.
It can be recalled that Cayetano emphasized that the Congress was too busy dealing with other legal bills that were submitted right before the giant network has applied for its 25-year franchise renewal.
As a result, Cayetano stated during the interviews last week that discussing the ABS-CBN franchise renewal issue is not an urgent topic, and thus, they cannot prioritize the network’s application.
Cayetano has said he believes that discussing the network’s franchise issue will just suck the energy of the 18th Congress.
— GMA News (@gmanews) February 24, 2020
Cayetano stated: “Kailangan natin ng lamig ng ulo… Kung tayo ay mag-hearing ngayon, it will suck all the energy of the 18th Congress. Mapapabayaan ang ibang mga importante. There has to be some way that we can soberly discuss this. Magpaliwanagan tayo. Huwag kayong mag-alala dahil hindi naman mago-off the air ang inyong mga paboritong show. Pero sa ngayon, napakaraming importanteng inaasikaso ng Kongreso.”
While Cayetano has been repeatedly stating that there are more important cases than ABS-CBN’s franchise renewal that need the attention of the Congress, he earned the ire of netizens:
Yes, they’ve been very busy. They had to approve 4 franchises in one closed-door hearing last week. So yeah. https://t.co/QzGKTYDUBe
— Lynda Jumilla-Abalos (@lyndajumilla) February 14, 2020
Cayetano on the ABS-CBN franchise bills,
"…1st week of February daw… he will start the hearings"
“We have enough time. …2-3 hearings sobrang exhaustive na 'yun”
"Hindi ganoon ka-urgent"
"will suck all the energy of the 18th Congress"
— Dan Santos (@DanSantos8) February 14, 2020
Isn’t Cayetano the one who said that the Congress will tackle ABS-CBN franchise renewal on the first week of February. Now he changed his script to before March 2022. Galing talaga. Ang galing galing. 👏🏼 #onliindapilipins
— Al Dy Blanc ツ (@tapAlan) February 14, 2020
Mr. Cauldron your political style is kadiri many times dutz bastos u. You still love licking his pwet pwet! You so malaking kahihiyan to your father legacy!!
Its a fact! Without abc-cbn ur father will not sikat, you and your siblings is nothing! just a regular fil-am.
— deng_bogs (@BogsDeng) February 14, 2020
Ay! Pucha ka pala sir! Parang walang nagawa ang kongreso mula ng ikay umupo dya as Speaker. Kunting bilis naman ng kilos. Sayang yung perang pinapasweldo namin sa inyo po.
— Jwolff (@Jwolff85138212) February 14, 2020