ABS-CBN employees and celebrities reacted to President Rodrigo Duterte’s lies about their Network on his last State of the Nation Address.
During his SONA, President Duterte claimed that ABS-CBN cheated the government “by the billions in taxes.” However, the Bureau of Internal Revenue already clarified that the media giant does not have any pending tax case.
He also added allegations against the network, claiming that they published a story about his daughter, Mayor Sarah Duterte being a drug trafficker.
“Wala akong problema sa ABS-CBN. They want to return my money when the case blew up, but they printed all garbage, including my daughter as a drug trafficker. Nilamon ko na lang lahat ‘yun, because I never wanted to appear vindictive.”
However, ABS-CBN did not publish an article claiming Mayor Sarah Duterte as a drug trafficker.
As a result, Kapamilya employees and celebrities reacted to his allegations.+
Kapamilya’s such Jeff Canoy, Ces Oreña-Drilon, Jacque Manabat, Ogie Diaz, and many others fact-checked Pres. Duterte’s claims, especially with tax evasion case.
‘Strange machine operator’ baka naman pwede ilagay for fact-check https://t.co/SwZBUHuElK
— Jeff Canoy (@jeffcanoy) July 26, 2021
— Roque Rox Santos (@roxsantos) July 26, 2021
FACT CHECK: ABS-CBN Corp. HAS NO current tax delinquency and, with the rest of the companies under the ABS-CBN Group, infused a combined P71.5 billion in taxes to government coffers in 17 years. #IbalikAngABSCBN #SONA2021 https://t.co/VJ5WXZxMyl
— Erik Tenedero (@erikreports) July 26, 2021
ABS-CBN has no tax delinquency, BIR tells solons | ABS-CBN News https://t.co/ozo6YQezsL
— Jacque Manabat (@jacquemanabat) July 26, 2021
Again, ABS-CBN has no tax delinquency, BIR tells solons | ABS-CBN News https://t.co/CRyZBWq5z1
— ★ ༘ * 🔭 (@KapamilyaV) July 26, 2021
Tama ang hula ko babanatan na naman ang ABSCBN..KUNG GANUN DIN LANG..IABOLISH..NA DIN..BIR..DOLE..DOJ..SEC..ETC.ETC.#IbalikAngABSCBN…
— Tita Long (@TitaLongG) July 26, 2021
Gumagawa ng kuwento amp. 🙄🙄🙄 https://t.co/5xnC0ReLTN
— Jover Laurio (@PinoyAkoBlog) July 26, 2021
Duterte insists that ABS-CBN has not been complying with their taxes.
Gov't agencies say otherwise.
— Jules Guiang (@julesguiang) July 26, 2021
Barnaby Lo also questioned Pres. Duterte’s claim that ABS-CBN wrote a piece about his daughter being a drug trafficker.
ABS-CBN reported that Sara Duterte was/is a drug trafficker? When? Really?
— Barnaby Lo 吳宗鴻 (@barnabychuck) July 26, 2021
MJ Felipe and other Kapamilyas called out Pres. Duterte for being vindictive and falsely accusing the Network during his SONA.
Liars go to hell. So alam nyo na.
— MJ Felipe (@mjfelipe) July 26, 2021
You sir are LYING about ABS-CBN.
— Boyet J. Sison (@BoyetJSison) July 26, 2021
— Miss France Sajorda (@PrincessFrance) July 26, 2021
It has been a year after Congress denied ABS-CBN’s franchise renewal. To this day, none of the alleged infringements against the Network has been proven true. The Government branches involved in the hearing (BIR, DOLE, SEC, etc.) all agreed that the Network didn’t commit any violation.