- Harry Roque was made aware of the recent tirades of Coco Martin against the government
- The actor pointed out that the government allowed the operations of POGO but not ABS-CBN
- The Presidential spokesman quipped that the celebrity is free to voice out what he feels
- However, the Palace official corrected Coco for his comparison of ABS-CBN and POGO
Presidential spokesman Harry Roque reacted to the recent statement of Coco Martin about the controversial closure of ABS-CBN.
KAMI learned that the celebrity questioned why the media network was ordered shutdown while the operations of the Philippine Offshore Gaming Operators (POGO) are now allowed amid pandemic.
He exclaimed that the government has been doing its best to resume the operations of POGO but it failed to allow ABS-CBN to continue helping and serving many Filipinos.
“Ano ang uunahin natin ngayon? Tanggalin ang kompanya na tumutulong sa ating kapwa, sa lahat ng mga Pilipino, o yung sugal na pinapasok sa ating bansa?” Coco said.
“Buti pa yung POGO, pinaglalaban niyo. Itong kompanyang tumutulong sa lahat ng mga tao ngayon, pinasara niyo,” he added.
Through an interview by PTV on Saturday, Roque recognized the fact that the “Ang Probinsyano” star is free to air his opinion about certain issues in the country.
However, he claimed that it is not right to compare ABS-CBN with POGO since the latter does not need legislative franchise from the Congress before it can operate.
“Well, alam niyo po, yan naman po ay nagpapatunay na buhay ang demokrasya sa Pilipinas. Merong malayang pananalita at wala pong sumusupil sa kalayaan ni Coco Martin na magsalita,” he began.
“Pero parang di tama yung comparison between ABS-CBN and ang mga POGO dahil unlike yung mga broadcast companies, wala pong probisyon sa saligang batas kung sinong pupwede magbigay ng authority para mag-operate ang POGO,” he added.
In a previous article by KAMI, Coco reacted to a young girl’s emotional video about the closure of the Kapamilya network.
Coco Martin is a long-time Kapamilya celebrity and director. He started as an actor in many independent films. He is now the lead star of the top-rating teleserye entitled “Ang Probinsyano.”
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