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‘Isn’t it ironic?’ Netizens questioned Congress’ decision to allow 100% foreign ownership of media companies

Netizens then questioned Congress’ decision to allow foreign ownership after denying ABS-CBN’s franchise application over the allegation that its Chairman Emeritus Gabby Lopez is a foreigner. Also, the allegation on foreign funding from its PDR holders.

Netizens fired back at the House of Representatives after allowing 100% foreign ownership of media companies.

On Monday, June 1, the lower house voted 251-21-2; favored the proposed amendments of the constitution, which will allow 100% foreign ownership of natural resources, public utilities, educational institutions, media, and advertising companies in the Philippines.

Netizens then questioned Congress’ decision to allow foreign ownership after denying ABS-CBN’s franchise application over the allegation that its Chairman Emeritus Gabby Lopez is a foreigner. Also, the allegation on foreign funding from its PDR holders.

@princessfrance asked questioned Congress’ big issue against ABS-CBN during the franchise hearing when eventually they will allow foreign ownership of media companies.

@punchthelies shared the same sentiment saying the Congress mocked the people when they grilled ABS-CBN, specifically Gaby Lopez’s citizenship. Later, they allowed foreigners to have full ownership of media companies in the country.

During the franchise hearing, one of the allegations hurled at ABS-CBN was the citizenship of its Chairman Emeritus Gabby Lopez.

The franchise opposition claimed that ABS-CBN violated the constitution when it allowed Lopez to manage and take part in the company.

However, during the hearing no less than DOJ Usec. Emmyline Aglipay-Villar confirmed that Lopez is a Filipino citizen by birth and that the certificate of recognition issued to him was not a grant, but a confirmation of his Filipino citizenship.

Aglipay also maintained that Lopez did not lose his Filipino citizenship with his use of a US passport.

“Ang kanyang paggamit ng US passport ay hindi po dahilan para mawala po ang kaniyang Filipino citizenship. At ang hindi naman niya pagkakaroon ng Philippine passport ay hindi rin isang dahilan na hindi siya maging Pilipino.”

Meanwhile here are other reactions from Netizens on Congress’ latest charter change moves.

“Pinasara niyo ABS-CBN dahil sa foreign ownership tapos may ganito??? Mga ipokrito. Benta niyo na rin ang Pilipinas sa Tsina, mga Hudas. Nahiya pa kayong mga buwaya kayo,” @kulotissima

“Galit na galit sila noon sa ABS-CBN dahil hindi raw Pilipino si Gabby Lopez (which DOJ negated and affirmed of his Filipino citizenship). Look at them now. Giving 100% ownership to foreigners. Clownery,” @XSenadora

“Tangina, gigil na gigil sa abs noon at di daw pilipino si Gabby Lopez, tapos ngayon, CHACHA???? MGA IMPOKRITOOOOO,” @engr_sam07

“Ang ironic no? The congressmen/women who shut down ABS-CBN for the reason of “foreign ownership” are the same people allowing full foreign ownership. So it really wasn’t about the law, huh?” @levy_wong



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