QW petition vs ABS-CBN ‘indicates PH’s slide into authoritarianism’ — Kiko Pangilinan

QW petition vs ABS-CBN ‘indicates PH’s slide into authoritarianism’ — Kiko Pangilinan

Opposition senator and Liberal party President Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan has a different take on all that is happening to ABS-CBN.
The filing of the government lawyer SolGen Calida of a quo warranto petition seeking the revocation of the legislative franchise of media giant ABS-CBN is a direct path towards authoritarianism.

“Stacking the government with his supporters, cracking down on the opposition, and silencing the media using all resources at his disposal are indications of the country’s slide into authoritarianism,” Pangilinan said
Opposition senator Francis "Kiko" Pangilinan
(photo credit to owner)
The opposition senator took note of the late strongman Ferdinand Marcos when he placed the whole country under Martial Law in 1972, where critics of the government were detained and ABS-CBN was also shut down.

“Together with the Filipino people, the Liberal Party of the Philippines has been here before. In 1972, when the ousted dictator imposed martial law, he also arrested his critics and shut down major media outfits like ABS-CBN,” Pangilinan said.

With this, Pangilinan asked the public to “come together and resist authoritarianism in all its forms.”

“A nation cannot be governed by way of threats, insults, intimidation, and violence,” he said.

Aside from the quo warranto proceeding filed in the Supreme Court, the 11 bills calling for the renewal of the ABS-CBN legislative franchise is still pending in the House of Representatives.

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