Panelo: Press freedom won’t die even if ABS-CBN shuts down

Panelo: Press freedom won’t die even if ABS-CBN shuts down


Panelo: Press freedom won’t die even if ABS-CBN shuts down

Malacañang believes that freedom of expression and of the press will stay even if broadcast media giant ABS-CBN shuts down, saying there are other media outfits that can freely operate.

Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo (OPS / MANILA BULLETIN FILE PHOTO) ABS-CBN’s franchise, which is facing challenges in Congress and the Supreme Court, expires on March 30. In an interview with ANC, ABS-CBN’s English news channel, presidential spokesman Salvador Panelo expressed frustration over those who are trying to link the issue of ABS-CBN’s franchise with press freedom, saying there was no connection at all. “Pagpalagay natin na mawala ang ABS-CBN, are you telling me namatay na ang freedom of expression and of the press? Of course not. Ang daming networks, ang daming radyo, nandiyan pa rin (Assuming that ABS-CBN will shut down, are you telling me that freedom of expression and of the press will die with it? Of course not. There are many networks, there are radio stations, all of them are still there),” he said Friday. “There’s no curtailing there. If you violate a provision of the law that will be the result of your violation, how can that be?” he added. “The very grounds for quo warrranto do not even touch your rights to criticize, to make editorials, ‘di ba? So anong koneksyon? ‘Di wala (right? So what’s the connection? There’s none),” he continued. The renewal of ABS-CBN’s franchise is yet to be tackled by Congress despite its impending expiration. Its franchise is also being questioned by Solicitor General Jose Calida before the Supreme Court, citing abuse of their license. Panelo called on the House of Representatives to just do its job and stop waiting for the President’s instructions. However, he said it was up to the courts to determine if the Lower House was violating the law by stalling the hearing of ABS-CBN’s franchise. “Why does the Speaker have to take the cue from Malacañang? Why do members of Congress have to wait for what the President will say about anything? It’s about time… If that was the practice before, tigilan na po natin ‘yan (they should stop that),” he said. “That’s for the courts kung meron silang (if there is a) violation. Kahit yung away nila (Even their disagreement), I will not even join the fray. Nag-aaway sila ngayon, eh. Sabi ng Senado, pwede sila. Sabi naman ng Congress (They are debating now. The Senate said ABS-CBN can continue operating beyond March 30, the House of Representatives does not think so),” he added. Panelo said they were not channeling Pontius Pilate when talking about ABS-CBN’s franchise. Malacañang has repeatedly urged those concerned with the franchise renewal to “do their job.” “The Constitution demarcates your powers, your duties. Yun ang ginagawa ng Presidente (That’s what the President is doing). ‘Kung ano lang yung trabaho ko, ‘yan (I will only do my job).’,” Panelo said. He added that Duterte will only step in if there is an abuse of power or injustice. “He cannot countenance any illegality, any violation of any law, and he is outraged by any kind of oppression or injustice,” Panelo said. READ MORE: Read more: Manila Bulletin News

The arrogance of Joker Panelo! Press freedom will not end with the closure of ABS-CBN. It will, however, embolden this narcissistic administration to persecute critical journalists and individuals. This closure will be the death knell of adverse views and mindset. Those employees of ABS-CBN who will be jobless with the closure of the company are deprived of press freedom at least temporarily.

whta he said, makes sense..

Duterte’s threats vs ABS-CBN not literal – PaneloPresident Rodrigo Duterte's threats against embattled broadcast giant ABS-CBN are 'not literal', his spokesman Salvador Panelo said Friday hhuuuuuuuuuuuuuuhhhhhhh?! Again? There seems to be no end to this government's clownery. 🤦🏻‍♀️ sige lang mga sis ikot lang nang ikot hanggang mahilo kayo sa sarili niyong statements

ABS-CBN pay-per-view services, application questioned as cable TV group opposes franchise renewalA group of cable television operators in the country said it is opposing the franchise renewal of ABS-CBN, citing the media network’s supposed lack of operation permits and irregularities in the license application process.

Cayetano kinuwestiyon ang pagtalakay ng Senado sa ABS-CBN franchiseNagkakagulo na sila para lang hadlangan ang prankisa. Ang sarap lang manood habang nag aaway-away ang mga alipores sa dapat sana'y di naman problema. Tandaan, personal na galit lang ni Duterte ang dahilan kung bakit may qou warranto at banta sa franchise ang ABS. Personal na galit na ang apektafo 11000 employees. Yan ang presidente natin wlng pagmamahal sa bayan

Cayetano stalls ABS-CBN franchise hearing, slams election coverage(3rd UPDATE) 'Can anyone honestly say, after watching the coverage of the network during the 2010 and 2016 elections, that ABS-CBN did not take sides and favor any candidate?' says Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano I didn’t notice any difference So Villar is the one funding your rage?

Legal experts nagbigay-opinyon sa motion for gag order ng OSG vs ABS-CBNPinapalala lang ng mga kupal ma artista niyo at dj niyo ang sitwasyon niyo e. Accept it na meron lapse ang management niyo. Don't use the people sa ibaba niyo as human shield. YesToABSCBNShutDown YesToABSCBNShutDown lapit na

Cayetano: Labag sa Saligang Batas ang pagdinig ng Senado sa prangkisa ng ABS-CBNtama... kaya useless yang pinag gagawa ni tra poe... Hoy Kaldero King! manahimik ka na lang kaya.. 😏 Bakit ayaw nyo na simulan trabaho nyo yan! Sabi mo after sea games until now di mo pa inaasikaso.. kasi nga ginigipit nyo mali ako mh iboto ka!

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