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Bato Dela Rosa doesn’t mind if ABS-CBN shuts down: What’s 11,000 workers compared to entire PH?

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Senator Ronald “Bato” Dela Rosa belittled Tuesday (February 18) the impact of ABS-CBN’s possible closure as he maintained that President Rodrigo Duterte, who has repeatedly the network, only has the country’s best interests in mind.

Dela Rosa even questioned the veracity of reports saying that around 11,000 workers will lose their jobs if ABS-CBN shuts down.

“11,000 talaga? Sigurado ka?” he asked a reporter at the Senate during an interview, saying he received reports that the figure was incorrect.

“Anyway, regardless kung ilan yun, what’s 11,000 compared to the whole Filipino nation na matagal ng sinamantalahan ng isang kumpanya kung talagang ma prove yan sa hearing na pinagsamantalahan ang sambayanang Pilipino? What’s 11,000 compared to the whole Filipino nation?” Dela Rosa said.

The senator, who was Duterte’s first chief of police as President, said he will vote on ABS-CBN’s franchise renewal bid based on how the network will respond to the allegations against it.

“E kung mabigat yung akusasyon na talagang maraming viniolate ang ABS, bakit mo pa i re-renew. Kung talagang ma prove dun sa hearing na grabe.. sinamanlala ng husto ng ABS-CBN ang samabayanang Pilipino, bakit nyo pa i renew?” he said.

Dela Rosa, however, acknowledged that Duterte’s view on the network will influence his vote on ABS-CBN’s franchise renewal, saying he will “live and die” and “sink and swim” with the President.

“Pero sa nakikita ko he’s doing it for the good of the majority of the Filipino people so pareho kami ng objective sa buhay. Kailangang ang gobyerno ang magru-rule dito sa ating bansa at ang sambayang Pilipino ay makikinabang. Yun ang kanyang objective sa buhay nya so ganun din ang objective ko,” he said.

Senator Grace Poe’s Senate committee on public services will hold a hearing on ABS-CBN’s franchise on February 27.

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