VP Leni twits ‘ironic’ OSG bid to gag ABS-CBN amid quo warranto petition

VP Leni twits ‘ironic’ OSG bid to gag ABS-CBN amid quo warranto petition


Vice president Maria Leonor “Leni” Robredo made herself public and gave her two cents regarding the action of the Office of the Solicitor General (OSG) to stop broadcast giant ABS-CBN and its representatives from discussing the quo warranto petition it recently filed against the giant media outfit.

“Ako, unang-una, iyong freedom of expression, iyong freedom ng free press, primordial iyon,” Robredo told reporters in an interview.



(For me, first off, freedom of expression, the freedom of the free press, that’s primordial.)

Vice President Maria Leonor Robredo
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“Pero iyong mas nakaka… parang, mas nakakatawa doon, iyong ang gina-gag order niya, media. Very ironic na iyong media iyong inaasahan mo na magpapaabot ng information sa tao, tapos sila din iyong sinasabihan mong huwag umimik,” she added.

(But what’s funny here is they are seeking a gag order against a media company. It’s very ironic that a media company that you’re expecting to inform the people is being asked not to speak out.)

The Vice President also tagged the action of the SolGen as “disconnected with reality.”



SolGen Calida filed on February 18 a “very urgent motion” asking the Supreme Court to issue an order that bans “parties and persons acting on their behalf” from releasing statements and discussing the merits of his plea to forfeit ABS-CBN’s existing legislative franchise.

Robredo, gave the warning the implications should ABS-CBN be shut down.

“Iyong isang nakakalungkot, kasi kailangan pang humantong sa isang quo warranto iyong isang apparent na hindi pagkakaintindihan in the past,” Robredo said. 

(It is sad that apparent misunderstanding from the past led to the filing of the quo warranto petition.)


“Iyong implications kasi nito hindi lang naman sa ABS-CBN, eh. Iyong implications nito sa ating lahat: na kung isang media company gaya ng ABS-CBN kayang ma-suppress sa ganitong paraan, sino na [inyo ang] ligtas sa ganitong panggigipit?”

(The implications of this are not just on ABS-CBN. The implications affect all of us: that a media company like ABS-CBN can be suppressed in this way, who would be safe from this kind of suppression?)






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