Senator Bong Go on Monday took the Senate inquiry on the franchise of ABS-CBN broadcast network as an opportunity to confront it about President Duterte’s “grudge” against it.
He questioned the corporation’s intention for not airing during the 2016 campaign period some of the political ads of Duterte, then presidential candidate and Davao City mayor.
Worse, Go, a close ally of Duterte, said the ABS-CBN aired a political ad against him close to the date of the presidential elections.
“Sa kasagsagan ng election season ay hindi na-ere ang ilang ads ng ating Pangulo,” Go said at the public hearing jointly conducted by the Senate Committees on Public Services, Economic Affairs, and Finance.
“Alam din po ng karamihan ang tungkol sa isang video–a video which was obviously meant to malign then presidential candidate Mayor Rodrigo Duterte–for the purpose of destroying his reputation and turning the tide against his overwhelming popularity during that time,” he said.
Go played the ad and later said, “Paano ito naging political ad? Are you promoting a candidate here or are you destroying a candidate?”
He added, “Airing the black propaganda video appeared to be more important than earning income from airing legitimate ads that have already been paid for.”
“The non-airing of ads already paid for, and the subsequent airing of ads for the purpose of maligning a person, display an intent to oppose a particular candidate,” Go said.
In response to the Senator’s statement, ABS-CBN President and Chief Executive Officer Carlo Katigbak apologized to the President.