Presidente pa si Noynoy, d nila inaksyunan, VP Robredo thinks Aquino-Belmonte Congress to blame for sitting on ABS-CBN franchise

Presidente pa si Noynoy, d nila inaksyunan, VP Robredo thinks Aquino-Belmonte Congress to blame for sitting on ABS-CBN franchise

The Vice President even admits that the non-renewal of the Lopez controlled ABS-CBN Corporation can be rooted from the time when the former President Benigno Simeon “Noynoy” Aquino III and House Speaker Sonny Belmonte failed to extend or renew the said franchise under their watch.

“Hindi inaksyunan, eh. Tingin ko hindi—hindi dahilan iyong… hindi dahilan iyong walang oras kasi 2014 panagsimula, long before matapos iyong—mag-expire iyong lisensiya,” said Robredo in an interview with RMN’s Ely Saludar.

“Ilan na? Anim na taon na. Dalawang taon sa past administration, apat na taon sa administrasyon na ito. So bakit sasabihin na walang panahon para pag-usapan, o kulang ng panahon? Kasi kung gugustuhin, puwede naman, eh,” she added.
Vice President Leni Robredo and former President Benigno Simeon “Noynoy” Aquino III
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It is publicly known that ABS-CBN opted for a “early application” in 2014, it was then Isabela Rep. Giorgidi Aggabao filed House Bill 4997 under the 16th Congress but this failed to hurdle the committee led by then Marikina Rep. Marcy Teodoro.

ABS-CBN decided to withdrew its renewal application before the end of the 16th Congress mainly because of “time constraints”, Vice President Robredo was also part of the 16th Congress as a representative of the legislative district of Camarines Sur.

According to former ambassador and veteran journalist Rigoberto “Bobby” Tiglao the former chief executive resented the criticisms thrown at him by ABS-CBN’s top news anchors Noli De Castro and Ted Failonso much so that Aquino and Lopez never talked to each other after the President gave tongue lashing to De Casto and the rest of the news and current affairs department during the 25th celebration of the media giant.

During the 17th and 18th Congress the bill asking for the franchise renewal was snubbed, plus the fact the it is of open information to everybody the current Chief Executive is not in good terms with the Lopez controlled media outfit, when Speakership was headed by Alan Peter Cayetano the snubbing became more evident.

Robredo is of the opinion that ABS-CBN should have been atleast given the opportunity to make for its renewal before the expiration of its legislative franchise.

‘Kung talagang maraming violation, halimbawa sabihin natin, hindi talaga kailangang i-renew ang lisensiya, eh, eh ‘di dapat sana—dapat sana dinisapprove. Dinisapprove para alam kung ano ang susunod na recourse,” said Robredo.

“Ang punto ang fairness. Hindi niyo binigyan ng sapat na pagkakataon na matagal nang nag-a-apply. Itong extension hindi ko din alam iyong truthfulness ng claim ng iba na marami iyong inallow na mag-operate beyond sa (franchise),” she added.

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