Duterte ‘neutral’ on Abs-CBN inspite of noted fresh tirades, suggests spokesman

President Rodrigo Duterte joins a video clip meeting of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), June 26, 2020. Albert Alcain, Presidential Picture/File

MANILA — President Rodrigo Duterte is “of class neutral” on Abs-CBN Corp, even as he reportedly hurled new tirades against the community right after the Congress rejection of its franchise renewal, his spokesperson stated Wednesday.

Duterte advised troops in Jolo, Sulu on Tuesday morning that he could now die content being aware of that he experienced “dismantled” the oligarchy in the nation without having declaring martial. He did not mention Abs-CBN in a video clip aired by point out-run Radio Television Malacañang.

Nevertheless, an audio recording of the full speech confirmed that Duterte took a swipe at the network, saying: “Yun namang Stomach muscles-CBN binaboy ako. Pero sinabi ko kapag ako nanalo, bubuwagin ko ang oligarchy ng Pilipinas.”

(Abs-CBN defiled me. But I stated if I win, I will dismantle the oligarchy in the Philippines.)

“Of study course he is neutral due to the fact the Lopezes are nonetheless up and about,” his spokesman Harry Roque explained to ANC.

Duterte in December explained he would see to it that the network is “out” and from early in his phrase had accused it of failing to air his 2016 election adverts. Irrespective of this, his aides experienced sought to length the President from Friday’s rejection of Abdominal muscles-CBN franchise software by a Property committee dominated by his allies.
“I are not able to be mistaken. Documentary proof reveals it was Congress who really threw out the franchise software of Abdominal muscles-CBN,” Roque claimed.

The Lopezes “have not been dismantled”, provided their other companies in vitality and actual estate, he included.

The Palace official declined to comment on Inquirer’s report on the President’s remark mainly because he did not attend the Jolo celebration.

“I will not remark on an alleged transcript that I do not have any own information of,” he said.

He also quoted Duterte’s former aide, Sen. Christopher Go, who explained the President was referring to the government’s campaign against corrupt government officers and businesses when he commented on oligarchs.

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