Sotto, Drilon dismiss Gadon request to inhibit from ABS-CBN deliberations

Sotto, Drilon dismiss Gadon request to inhibit from ABS-CBN deliberations

Senate President Vicente “Tito” Sotto is dismissing the call of Atty. Larry Gadon’s for the nine senators to inhibit from the upcoming deliberations and voting on the bills which pertains to the application of the Lopez controlled ABS-CBN Corporation’s legislative franchise.

“I am not financially interested in the business of ABS-CBN. I am not a stockholder. I am part of the Congress that is mandated by the Constitution to grant franchises. I cannot shirk from my sworn duty,” Sotto told mediamen.

“Besides, I suggest you listen to my interpellations before judging me,” he added.

Senate President Vicente “Tito” Sotto
(photo credit to philstar)

As for Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon slams Gadon’s allegations calling it outright with “absolutely no basis.”

“We are a political body. Inhibition is a personal decision of each senator. No one can impose it, not even the (Supreme Court),” Drilon said.

“We can only be disciplined, if there are ethical issues involved in our participation in the ABS-CBN franchise, by the Senate, and no one else. We are answerable only to the Senate and the people” he added.

On May 19, the Senate public services committee is scheduled to open hearings on the Senate Bill 981 which seeks to renew the legislative franchise of ABS-CBN franchise for another 25 years, and the Senate Bill 1521 which seeks to grant a temporary franchise to ABS-CBN which would be valid until the end of June 2022.

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