Denial of ABS-CBN franchise has 'chilling effect,' shows how ruling majority tags 'enemies' - Robredo

Denial of ABS-CBN franchise has 'chilling effect,' shows how ruling majority tags 'enemies' - Robredo

The titular head of the political position has made known her opinion regarding the denial of the ABS-CBN franchise.
Vice President Leni Robredo urged the public to choose leaders who phold their ideals and beliefs.

"Malawak ang implikasyon ng desisyong ito. Mayroon itong chilling effect: Hindi kalabisang isipin na maaaring magbabago ang editorial choices ng ibang pahayagan gawa ng panggigipit na ginawa sa ABS-CBN," Robredo said. 
Vice President Leni Robredo
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(This decision has wide implications. This has a chilling effect: it's not excessive to think that editorial choices of other news organizations might change because of the repression of ABS-CBN.)
Robredo said the government should first and foremost to uphold and respect freedom of the press, but the events seems to say otherwise.
The Vice President cites the conviction of Rappler CEO Maria Ressa and the signing of the Anti-Terrorism Act of 2020, and now the permanent closure of the Lopez controlled ABS-CBN Corporation.

"Ang mensahe: Kapag hindi tayo sumang-ayon nang buong-buo sa kanila, kalaban nila tayong ituturing," Robredo said.
(The message: If we do not fully agree with them, we are treated as enemies.)
The Vice President is saddened by the actions of the lawmakers in Congres who voted for the denial of the granting of a new franchse considering the nation is still at a COVID-19 pandemic, and more than ever information is crucial.
"Ang hirap tanggapin na lahat ng ito ay nangyayari habang lahat tayo'y nakikipagbuno pa rin sa hirap at pangambang dulot ng COVID-19. Solusyon sa pandemya, sa pagkawala ng trabaho, at sa gutom ang hinihiling ng Pilipino. Pero pananakot, pagbawi ng kalayaan, at dagdag na panggigipit ang pilit sa ating ihinahain. 

(It's hard to accept that this is happening while we're fighting hardships and fears brought by COVID-19. Filipinos are asking for a solution to the pandemic, loss of livelihood and hunger. But they are giving us terror, seizing our freedoms and repressing us even more.)
Robredo also emphasize that "Our choice of leaders matters."
"Mahalagang pumili ng mga pinunong tunay sa sumasalamin sa ating mga adhikain at prinsipyo. Kaya’t tandaan natin ang mga pangalan ng kongresista at opisyal na tumaliwas sa ating mga paniniwala upang mapanagot sila gamit ang mga prosesong pangdemokrasya; tandaan din natin ang mga kahanay natin, upang maisulong at bigyang-lakas pa ang mga tulad nila," she said. 
(It is important to choose leaders who reflect our aspirations and principles. So we should remember the names of lawmakers and officials who go against our beliefs and they should be held accountable through democratic processes. Remember those among our ranks so we could push forward and strengthen the likes of them.)

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