- Senator Tito Sotto is aware that some people are blaming President Rodrigo Duterte for ABS-CBN shutdown
- He addressed the speculation through a recent interview with media reporters
- The politician said that it is not accurate to blame the head of state for what happened to the media network
- He pointed out that the bill for its franchise renewal was filed even before the President took office
Senator Tito Sotto willingly addressed the claim of some netizens that President Rodrigo Duterte is the person to be blamed for the shutdown of ABS-CBN.
KAMI learned that the giant network has put an end to its broadcast operations after being unable to secure a legislative franchise from the Congress.
The country’s chief executive was blamed by other people for the shutdown, citing that he continuously said that he will block any attempt to renew its franchise.
Sotto pointed out that the bill about ABS-CBN franchise renewal has been filed since several years ago, even before President Duterte took office.
He stated that it will be inaccurate if the head of state will be blamed for the fate of the media giant since he was not the President in 2014.
"Ang tagal na nito diba - 16th Congress, 17th Congress, 18th Congress. So let us not directly say na kasi ayaw ni Presidente kaya ayaw nilang kumilos," the Senator quipped.
"Parang I cannot believe that because 2014, hindi naman si President (Rodrigo Duterte) ang Presidente," he added.
In a previous article by KAMI, Senator Sotto criticized people who publicize their contributions amid COVID-19 pandemic.
Tito Sotto is a Filipino politician who is now serving as the Senate President of the Republic of the Philippines. He won the 2016 elections with overwhelming 17.2 million votes.
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