Dominguez questions ABS-CBN ad account

Dominguez questions ABS-CBN ad account

It seems ABS-CBN is not divulging all the truth in the last Senate hearing it attended.

According to President’s Rodrigo Roa Duterte’s campaign manager during the 2016 Presidential elections and current Department of Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III said ABS-CBN’s account of unaired political ads did not match with what the campaign team experienced.

“Amazing how this reminds me of the old Japanese movie Rashomon, where a murder is described by different witnesses, and none of the accounts tally with each other,” Dominguez said.

Department of Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III
(photo credit to owner)

“Sen. Bong Go told me what he said which is what I know happened, and from what I read, his account does not tally with the account of what the executives of ABS-CBN said,” he alleged.

When pressed for details, Secretary Dominguez did not provide the exact amounts involved in the transaction with ABS-CBN.
“I no longer have the financial records of the campaign as these were turned over to the auditors and lawyers right after the 2016 election,” he said.

Dominguez also clarified that he was not personally talked to the ABS-CBN executives.
Last Senate hearing ABS-CBN CEO issued an apology to the President after known Duterte ally senator Bong Go demanded an explanation as to why the campaign ad of then Mayor Rodrigo Roa Duterte was not aired while the “black propaganda” of senator Antonio Trillanes IV” was given the chance to be aired. 
ABS-CBN CEO Katigbak explained that Duterte’s campaign team bought commercial spots – P117 million for national ads and P65 million for local ads – which totaled P182 million, and the network has a first-come, first served policy on such placements.
Katigbak explains that the ads were ordered on May 3, 2016, or just four days before the last day of campaigning and there were already previous placements from other buyers, and that local ads were limited to only two minutes per hour as policy.

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