- President Rodrigo Duterte criticized the ABS-CBN network anew even if its franchise renewal has been rejected already by the Congress
- Duterte told the troops in Jolo, Sulu, that the ABS-CBN has defiled him and that he succeeded in supposedly destroying the oligarchy in the Philippines without declaring Martial Law
- The president also claimed that ABS-CBN does not pay tax for their equipment and that the network have holding companies in foreign countries
- He also claimed that ABS-CBN did not properly declare the total land area of their compound on Mother Ignacia Avenue in Quezon City
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President Rodrigo Duterte slammed the ABS-CBN network anew even if its franchise renewal has been rejected already by the Congress.
In a report by Darryl John Esguerra for The Philippine Daily Inquirer, Duterte told the troops in Jolo, Sulu, that the ABS-CBN has defiled him and that he succeeded in supposedly destroying the oligarchy in the Philippines without declaring Martial Law.
He also claimed that ABS-CBN does not pay tax for their equipment and that the network has holding companies in foreign countries.
As for the network’s compound on Mother Ignacia Avenue in Quezon City, Duterte claimed that ABS-CBN did not properly declare the total land area.
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“Yun namang ABS-CBN binaboy ako. Pero sinabi ko kapag ako nanalo, bubuwagin ko ang oligarchy ng Pilipinas. Ginawa ko. Without declaring martial law, sinira ko yung mga tao na humahawak sa ekonomiya at umiipit sa tao at hindi nagbabayad. They take advantage, sa kanila political power…
“Tapos may mga holding company sa labas. Ganun din. Ano yung, ano yung inano nila ni Marcos. Sila rin. Cayman, tapos may holding company sa Hungary, dun nila binubuhos. Kunwari, may ano sila, may investment sila dun. Padala sila ng pera. Pero yung investment na yan, wala na. ‘Yung pera hindi na yan babalik. Kaya walang taxes. And to think that they talk and they play God over the lives of the Filipino. Kaya ako, wala akong ano,” Duterte said.
The ABS-CBN shutdown is one of the most controversial issues in the Philippines these days. Supporters of the network claim that the ABS-CBN is being unfairly targeted for political reasons.
Famous stars have expressed their reaction to the closure of the Kapamilya network. Angel Locsin admitted to getting emotional over the decision against the network.
Anne Curtis also admitted to getting heartbroken over what happened to ABS-CBN. As for Vice Ganda, he walked out during the opening segment of “It’s Showtime” since he could not contain his emotions.
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