Liberal Party condemns 70 lawmakers who voted against ABS-CBN's new franchise

Liberal Party condemns 70 lawmakers who voted against ABS-CBN's new franchise

The Liberal Party (LP) which is associated to the political opposition has denounced the 70 solons who voted against the granting of a fresh 25 year legislative franchise, and described such act as the “most recent charade in Congress” and its “use of naked political power” in killing the Kapamilya network’s franchise bid.
“The exercise focused less on pointing out the network’s shortcomings than on punishing it for perceived wrongs. In this way, there was seeming censorship with the attempt to suppress media’s impartial accounts involving corruption, incompetence, and bully tactics of government,” LP said in a statement.

“As Liberals, we stand for our rights and freedoms as enshrined in the Constitution. They enhance our lives as individuals and communities,” said LP, which is chaired by Vice President Leni Robredo.
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“In this instance, freedom of the press and our right to information have just been curtailed. And during this urgent health crisis, ABS-CBN’s extensive network would be missed by those in the far-flung areas for its news, educational programs, and entertainment,” LP said.
“It is not only for these freedoms that we grieve. We are equally saddened, nay, enraged by the glaring callousness for the welfare of 11,000 workers, mostly breadwinners of families who will lose their jobs at this crucial time. Adding to the 7 million unemployed is the height of irresponsibility if not criminality,” it added.
“Join us and rise to protest this outrage, even as we denounce the 70 congressmen who brought it about,” the once mighty Liberal Party said.

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  1. Critical speech should be fair and without malice, that is democracy.

    In 1992, the late Lee Kuan Yew implied that the Philippines had too much democracy and not enough discipline, that our style of government was an impediment to progress. The then-senior minister of Singapore spoke at a business conference in Manila, where he said, “I believe that what a country needs to develop is discipline more than democracy. The exuberance of democracy leads to undisciplined and disorderly conditions which are inimical to development.”