ABS-CBN admits failure to air paid political ads of candidates including Roxas, Robredo & Marcos

- A joint House hearing was conducted on Monday to discuss the franchise renewal of network giant ABS-CBN

- One of the topics discussed was the failure of the network to air the paid political ads of electoral candidates in the previous years

- ABS-CBN CEO Carlo Katigbak admitted that they failed to air the political ads and had delayed in giving refunds

- He also mentioned the names of the candidates and it included Vice President Leni Robredo, Mar Roxas, and Bongbong Marcos Jr.

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During the 12th joint House hearing regarding the franchise renewal of broadcasting company ABS-CBN, the network admitted that it failed to air the political ads of election candidates and not just President Rodrigo Duterte’s.

KAMI learned that the ABS-CBN network had a long list of candidates that they were not able to air.

In a report by Rappler, ABS-CBN president and CEO Carlo Katigbak acknowledged their failure and the delayed issuance of refunds for the paid ads.

He explained that their company had a “first come, first served” policy. However, they would accept the request and payment first before totally knowing if there would be a slot for the ads.

“Sa pagkakaalam ko po, tinatanggap po ng mga ahente po namin. Kasi may mga request po na nanggaling sa mga ahensiya na tanggapin po at kung sakaling may umatras or hindi matuloy, ay ipasok na lang nila po 'yong telecast order po nila,” he said.

When asked the names of candidates that ABS-CBN was not able to air the ads during the campaign, Katigbak mentioned Vice President Leni Robredo, House Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano, Mar Roxas, Sen. Migz Zubiri, former Vice President Jejomar Binay, former Sen. Antonio Trillanes, former Sen. Bongbong Marcos Jr., Sen. Kiko Pangilinan, Sen. Leila de Lima, and Sen. Ralph Recto among those candidates.

The ABS-CBN CEO also admitted that they should have apologized to President Duterte earlier once they learned that his ads were not aired in the provinces. However, they apologized for the delayed release of the refund.

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ABS-CBN is one of the biggest TV networks in the Philippines. It produced many award-winning actors and shows over the years.

In 2018, President Duterte already threatened to oppose the franchise renewal of ABS-CBN because of its alleged bias in news reporting and for not airing his ads in 2016.

About two months ago, the National Telecommunications Commission ordered to shut down the network. However, the Palace said that the President was “neutral” regarding the closure.

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