Several personalities, ABS-CBN employees, and netizens have blasted ACT-CIS Partylist Rep. Eric Yap over his outrageous claim that an emissary of ABS-CBN offered him 200M to vote yes for the ABS-CBN franchise.
In a statement, Thursday, Yap claimed, “Simple lang ang sagot ko, hindi for sale ang prinsipyo at boto ko”
Yap also added why he did immediately disclose the information saying it would be unfair for ABS-CBN because he was not sure the call was really from the network.
Meanwhile, former DILG Sec. Raffy Alunan challenged Yap to divulge the personality who called him because as a lawmaker he is expected to be lawful.
Alunan also added that if Yap will not name the alleged emissary his story will be taken as mere black propaganda.
Former DILG chief Raffy Alunan III dares ACT-CIS Rep. Eric Yap to divulge the identity of ABS-CBN's alleged emissary who offered P200 million for him to vote in favor of the network's franchise. pic.twitter.com/OY4ewjABlH
— ONE News PH (@onenewsph) July 9, 2020
Former Congressman Terry Ridon doubted Yap’s claim, saying why would ABS-CBN spend billions in alleged bribes when the company is already bleeding financially due to the shutdown.
How much is ABS-CBN’s market capitalization? PHP 12.27B.
At Eric Yap’s price per cong, how much is the payoff to reach the majority of legislative franchise members? PHP 4.6B.
Will anyone sell a third of their company just to payoff a congressional committee? Probably not. pic.twitter.com/y84CwklWbe
— Terry Ridon (@terryridon) July 9, 2020
Here are other sentiments from netizens and ABS-CBN workers with regards to Yap’s claim.
1. anyone can call him and say they are emissary of ABS-CBN and do that
2. if you received a call two weeks ago, might as well address it right away on the PUBLIC HEARINGS
3. Eric Yap is just one vote
4. where will ABS get that hefty amount, they are already bleeding money https://t.co/aRKIffQvXh
— JP #VoteYesToABSCBN (@dumidyeypee) July 9, 2020
Today, Rep. Eric Yap said he was offered 200 million pesos to cast a ‘YES’ vote for ABS-CBN. He did not mention the name.
Former DILG sec, meanwhile, said that as a lawmaker, Yap should have divulged the name of the wrongdoer. Otherwise, it’s a propaganda.
So where is dignity? pic.twitter.com/oX10fGGNqI
— James Banaag (@dearscarjames) July 9, 2020
Walang naniniwala sayo.
— kiko rustia (@kikorustia) July 9, 2020
If I were the ABS-CBN legal department head, I'd force ACT-CIS Partylist Cong. Eric Yap to name the employee who supposedly offered him 200 million pesos to buy his vote. If he won't name the alleged employee and show PROOF, I'd sue his stinky ass for LIBEL to kingdom come!!!
— R.D. "ToB" Medrano (@Istrayber) July 9, 2020
Eric Yap is a congressman we wish we never had
— __Eduard.M (@NeverTellAny0ne) July 9, 2020
I don't think ABS-CBN tried to bribe Eric Yap with P200bn.
But I think Eric Yap just put a price tag on his future votes.
— Ronan (@RonanInManila) July 9, 2020
— C a r l (@CarlChedreckVil) July 9, 2020
Eric Yap and his delusion of grandeur that his vote is worth P200M & that he's credible enough for people to believe any baseless story he spews. And if ABS CBN were to bribe a congressman, why would they choose Pulong's bestfriend & a known DDS lapdog?#VoteYesToABSCBNFranchise
— Austine (@austinedal1) July 9, 2020
Meanwhile, ABS-CBN immediately refuted Yap’s claim saying they never sent any emissary because they believe in the process which is why they participate in it.
“ABS-CBN did not send an emissary to bribe any lawmaker to vote in favor of our franchise application. We believe in the process and we have participated in the process. We answered all issues raised in the past 12 hearings,”
— Bianca Gonzalez (@iamsuperbianca) July 9, 2020