- Rep. Eric Yap said he received a message from an emissary offering P200 million for him to vote in favor of ABS-CBN
- He admitted he wasn’t sure if the emissary was really connected with the network
- The lawmaker called for “fair reporting” in the ABS-CBN franchise hearing
ACT-CIS party-list Rep. Eric Yap revealed he received an offer of P200 million to vote in favor of granting ABS-CBN its franchise renewal.
Rep. Yap said he received a message from an emissary weeks ago offering money in exchange for him to vote yes to the ABS-CBN franchise renewal. He said he didn’t divulge it to the media immediately because he was unsure if the emissary was really from ABS-CBN and it would be unfair to the network if the report would leak.
He said, “More than two weeks ago, someone called me up, identified himself as ABS-CBN’s emissary who was urging me to vote in favor of ABS-CBN in exchange for P200 million. I made a simple answer: My vote and principles are not for sale.”
“Did I release this to the media? No, because I am not sure if the person is really ABS-CBN’s emissary, and it is unfair that ABS-CBN’s name is placed in jeopardy and also unfair to the proceedings of the joint committee that is discussing the franchise issue,” he added.
Rep. Yap also also dismissed reports which showed the expected votes of the members of the House Committee on Legislative Franchises. He denied that the lawmakers are being pressured to vote against the ABS-CBN franchise renewal.
“Press freedom is aliv
e, but it is also the responsibility of our journalists to deliver the truth. I read that there are people pressuring lawmakers to vote against ABS-CBN but it was merely accusation without mentioning any credible source,” Yap said in a statement written in Filipino.