Duterte’s claim of neutrality on ABS-CBN shutdown ‘hypocritical’ - De Lima

Duterte’s claim of neutrality on ABS-CBN shutdown ‘hypocritical’ - De Lima

Detained opposition senator Leila De Lima slams President Rodrigo Roa Duterte’s assertion that he has no involvement to ABS-CBN’s going off the air while its franchise renewal is pending in Congress.

The former Department of Justice (DOJ) Secretary said the Chief Executive should be blamed for ABS-CBN’s shut down principally because he never did anything to stopping the National Telecommunications Commission in issuing the cease and desist order (CDO) that led to its closure.

De Lima also took note that both the NTC and Solicitor General Jose Calida is answerable to the President.

Detained, Sen. Leila de Lima
(photo credit to owner)

“’Neutral’ lang daw si Duterte? This bully President not lifting a finger this time? Not even counter-manding either Calida or NTC, which is perfectly within his powers to do? Duterte’s hypocritical stance of neutrality is so much of an insult to our intelligence,” De Lima said.

The opposition senator accused the Chief Executive’s involvement in the House of Representatives’ inaction of the renewal of the franchise.

“Hands-off daw si Duterte sa usapin ng ABS-CBN franchise renewal Paulit-ulit nyang binalaan at inalipusta ang ABS-CBN,” she said.

A few days ago (May 6) Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque was quoted saying that members of the House of Representatives should vote on ABS-CBN’s franchise application according to their conscience because President Duterte is “completely neutral” on the issue.

“The President will be neither angry nor happy. He is completely neutral. Vote as your conscience dictates,” Roque was quoted telling the lawmakers.

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