Palace: Pres. Rodrigo Duterte is ‘neutral’ over ABS-CBN shutdown

Palace: Pres. Rodrigo Duterte is ‘neutral’ over ABS-CBN shutdown

- The Palace has commented over the position of President Rodrigo Duterte regarding the closure of ABS-CBN

- Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said that the President is “neutral” regarding the issue

- Roque also asked the Congressmen to vote regarding the franchise renewal of ABS-CBN as they “wish”

- The Presidential Spokesperson also said that the President cannot intervene with the decision making of National Telecommunications Commission

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The Palace announced on Wednesday morning that President Rodrigo Duterte is “completely neutral” over the franchise issue of TV network ABS-CBN.

KAMI learned that the President wants Congressmen to vote over the franchise renewal as their “conscience dictates.”

In an interview with ANC, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque shared that the President also accepted the apology of ABS-CBN CEO Carlo Katigbak before.

“He really is neutral and to let his allies know that he will not hold it against them and it will not endear him either way,” Roque.

“They can vote as they wish. He has accepted the apology and the message to the supporters is: Go and vote as you wish,” he added.

In the same interview, Roque explained that President Duterte cannot intervene or reverse the decision of the National Telecommunications Commission.

“He cannot. We had thorough research on this made yesterday,” he said.

“It would be a form of graft and it would be a violation of code of ethics for government employees if the President were to intervene in the decision making of National Telecommunications Commission,” Roque added.

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As previously reported by KAMI, the Palace also expressed its gratitude to ABS-CBN for its service to the Filipinos, most especially during the COVID-19 crisis.

ABS-CBN is one of the biggest broadcasting company in the Philippines. The last time it went off-air was in 1972.

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