In his commentary about ABS-CBN’s block time deal with Zoe TV Channel 11, Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Secretary Salvador Panelo blasted ABS-CBN News Department for the network’s shutdown.
Firstly, Panelo cited the alleged violations of ABS-CBN in which resulted in the denial of the network’s franchise.
“Ang nakalimutan ninyo yung mga pasaway na mga kritiko na ang dahilan ng pagkawala ng ABS-CBN kaugnay sa kanyang prangkisa ay dahil na nga rin sa kanilang paglabag sa batas,” said Panelo.
Although several government agencies including BIR, SEC, NTC, DOLE, have already cleared ABS-CBN of any grave violations and even though Rep. Alan Peter Cayetano initially said that he cannot imagine the Philippines or a world without ABS-CBN, in the end, he came out against the network’s renewal which was allegedly his gift to President Rodrigo Duterte so he can retain the speakership.
Panelo then added that the ABS-CBN News anchors also caused the network’s shutdown because of allegedly peddling exaggerated and false facts against the government.
“Maliban pa dun sa mga anchors nyo jan nako! Yun ang sisihin nyo ang mga anchors nyo. Dahil wala nang ginawa kung di magpeddle ng exagerated facts o kaya mga false facts. Tapos binibira nyo ang gobyerno, yan marami jan,” said Panelo.
Recently, Panelo came under fire from people for peddling fake news to President Rodrigo Duterte. Panelo recently accused Vice President Leni Robredo of using a military aircraft as part of her relief efforts for typhoon-hit Catanduanes. Then, he later half-apologized to VP Robredo, claiming that he received incorrect information.