- Rep. Lito Atienza said that the Congress and House Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano are to blame for the ABS-CBN shutdown
- Atienza also apologized because the Congress “did not do its job” regarding the matter
- He expressed confidence that the franchise renewal of ABS-CBN could be approved in just one day
- The lawmaker also asked the Congress to act on the issue amid the COVID-19 crisis
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Buhay Partylist Rep. Lito Atienza Jr. blamed the Congress and House Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano for the shutdown of broadcasting company ABS-CBN.
KAMI learned that Atienza apologized because the Congress “failed” to do its job regarding the issue.
In an interview with ANC, Atienza said that Cayetano did not do his job even if President Rodrigo Duterte reminded the House Speaker to do his job.
“I would like to apologize for the failure of Congress to do its job. Kasalanan namin ‘to eh, kasalanan ng Kongreso ito,” Atienza said.
“But more important, I’d like to say, squarely, kasalanan ni Speaker Cayetano ito. Pagkukulang niya ito sa bayan. He will have a lot to explain one day. It may not be today, but later on this issue will hound him because he’s the one who did not do his job,” he added.
The Congressman also admitted that the House did not do anything regarding the franchise renewal under the leadership of Cayetano.
“Even if the President kept reminding him, ‘do your job, magtrabaho na kayo, aksyunan niyo ‘yan,’ what did we do? Nothing,” Atienza said.
Atienza expressed confidence that the franchise of ABS-CBN can be renewed in just one day if only the Congress acted on it.
“In one day, pwede nating aprubahan ito. ‘Pag ito nilagay sa agenda sa plenary ngayong hapon at pagbotohan namin, kung gusto nila pagdebatihan, pagdebatihan pa namin tapos pagbotohan, mananalo ito. In one day matatapos ang trabaho,” he said.
As previously reported by KAMI, the Palace said that President Rodrigo Duterte is “neutral” regarding the franchise renewal of ABS-CBN.
ABS-CBN is one of the biggest TV networks in the Philippines. It produced many talented artists and award-winning shows. The last time it went off the air was in 1972.
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