Fact check: Did Pres. Duterte confirm the closure of ABS-CBN?

Fact check: Did Pres. Duterte confirm the closure of ABS-CBN?

- A video went viral online claiming that President Rodrigo Duterte has confirmed the closure of ABS-CBN Network

- The video showed clips of President Duterte and Ben Tulfo

- However, it has been reported that the video was misleading

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A video has been circulating online, claiming that President Rodrigo Duterte has confirmed the closure of the country’s largest television network, ABS-CBN Broadcasting Corporation.

However, KAMI learned that this claim was misleading.

In a report by French news agency Agence France-Presse (AFP), the video showed a compilation of clips showing President Duterte’s rant against the TV network.

The viral video post also included footage of radio broadcaster Ben Tulfo airing strong words against ABS-CBN.

The first clip showed President Duterte’s strong opposition towards the network’s franchise renewal. It was taken from a video published by the Rappler on April 27, 2017.

It had a caption that read: “Duterte to block renewal of ABS-CBN franchise.”

Meanwhile, the second clip showed Tulfo ranting about the alleged debt of ABS-CBN to the government. The episode was aired on August 6, 2018.

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The third footage was another speech of President Duterte saying that he would “object” to the franchise renewal of ABS-CBN. The clip was from RTVM and it was published on November 8, 2018.

Lastly, the fourth clip showed another footage of the President claiming that he would “oppose” the franchise renewal. It was taken from the same RTVM video that was published on November 8, 2018.

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In a previous report by KAMI, an online report went viral on social media claiming that the Congress has already decided to junk the franchise renewal of ABS-CBN. However, it was also reported to be false.

ABS-CBN Broadcasting Corporation is a giant entertainment company in the country. It was founded on June 13, 1946, and produced many superstars since then.

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