I was defending the 11,000 unemployed ABS-CBN people, not the Lopezes - Drilon

I was defending the 11,000 unemployed ABS-CBN people, not the Lopezes - Drilon

Senator Frank Drilon did not expect that he will be part of the issue when President Rodrigo Roa Duterte delivered his fifth(5th) state of the nation address (SONA).

The President lambasted Drilon whom he accused of defending the Lopez decades old oligarchy.

The veteran solon in defense said he was just defensing the freedom of the press and not the Lopezes.

Opposition Senator Frank Drilon
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“The closure of the ABS-CBN sent a chilling effect. As I said before, for democracy to thrive we need a free press and to allow journalists to exercise complete freedom to do their mandate of reporting facts without fear,” Drilon said.

The Liberal party stalwart was the early target of the President as soon as he started his speech in the Batasan Pambansa, his SONA started at exactly 4:04pm.

Drilon explained anew that the public need access to information during COVID-19 pandemic— the time when the House Legislative Franchises Committee voted to shut down a major network in the country that is the Lopez controlled ABS-CBN Corporation.

“I aired my support for the renewal of franchise ob ABS-CBN because undeniably the network complements other stations in providing timely and accurate reportage even in the farthest locality unreachable to others, even to the government,” he said.
“I was defending the 11,000 people and their families who would lose jobs amid the pandemic, not the Lopezes,” he further justified.

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