Robredo questions Duterte’s confusing stand on ABS-CBN’s franchise

  • Vice President Leni Robredo questioned President Rodrigo Duterte’s remarks on ABS-CBN’s franchise
  • She explained that the recent remarks of the President seems to confirm the doubts of the public that he has a hand on the network’s cancellation
  • Robredo shared it’s also confusing why the President has a contradicting statement from the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR), and the Development Bank of the Philippines (DBP)

Vice President Leni Robredo shared her reaction on the statements of President Rodrigo Duterte on the franchise of ABS-CBN.

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On Robredo’s Sunday radio show, she was asked if she believes Duterte has a hand on the cancellation of ABS-CBN’s franchise. The Vice President laughed off the question but admitted that the President’s remarks have been confusing.

According to Robredo, Duterte’s allies have been consistent on insisting that the President had nothing to do with the cancellation of the franchise but now it seems like it’s actually the opposite.

She said, “Parang pinanindigan nila for a very long time na walang kinalaman si Presidente sa pag-cancel ng prangkisa kasi Congress lang iyon tapos ngayon, baliktad iyong sinasabi.”

She stated, “Mahirap, Ka Ely, kasi kino-confirm ang pagdududa ng marami dati. Iba sinasabi ng spokesperson sa principal.”

Earlier, Duterte remarked that he will not allow the Kapamilya network to resume operations even if the Congress grants its franchise. He insists that the media giant must first settle its tax obligations. Meanwhile, Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque denied that Malacañang is “hands off” on the Congress’ decision on the ABS-CBN franchise.

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Robredo also questioned the confusing and contradicting statements of Duterte, the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR), and the Development Bank of the Philippines (DBP). While the President insists that ABS-CBN has pending tax obligations, the BIR and DBP has cleared the network from these allegations.

“So, hindi mo maintindihan kasi ang DBP naman saka ang BIR ay pareho din naman government offices. Para iyong sinasabi nila salungat din sa sinasabi ng pangulo so mahirap intindihin. Nakakalito,” she said.