ABS-CBN among Duterte’s first agenda during fifth SONA

Despite claims from the Palace about President Rodrigo Duterte’s neutral stance over the franchise issue of ABS-CBN, he wasted no time in lambasting the TV network within the first five minutes of his fifth State of the Nation Address (SONA).

According to Duterte, he is a “casualty” of the Lopezes, the family who owns and runs ABS-CBN which the Congress denied of a new 25-year franchise.

The president accused the Lopezes as “oligarchs” who utilize a “powerful tool” like the media in their “battle against political figures.”

Duterte has been repeatedly quoted with his statements against the network even before its franchise hearing in Congress, including his suggestion for the media giant to just sell the network and that he will see to it that ABS-CBN will be shut down.

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