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Cayetano scores ‘A-Bias-CBN’ for meddling in 2010, 2016 presidential polls

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By JOHN CARLO M. CAHINHINAN

House Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano scored anew embattled broadcast giant ABS-CBN for being partisan in the past two presidential elections.

In his speech during a public event in Parañaque City, Cayetano said the supposed coverage bias shown by the Kapamilya network during 2010 and 2016 presidential elections in favor of certain candidates are big issues that need to be addressed by the Lopez family and network executives and can affect the status of its pending franchise renewal bills at the House of Representatives.

“Noong 2010 at 2016 election, yung pakikialam sa eleksyon malaking isyu yun,” said Cayetano.

“Walang doubt na institusyon ang ABS-CBN, walang doubt na napakalaking naitulong sa ating bansa, pero wala ring doubt na may mga issues. Kaya nga sinabing ‘A-Bias-CBN’,” he added.

Cayetano said that despite the existence of the Fair Elections Act, ABS-CBN has showed bias in the last two elections for presidency.

“Meron tayong Fair Election Act, may batas tayo na ang media hindi pwedeng hindi patas kapag eleksyon,” said Cayetano.

Cayetano earlier advised the owners and executives of the media conglomerate to do some “soul-searching” to reflect on “how we have all reached this point” amid impending expiration of its legislative franchise next month.

“That’s why sabi ko kailangan natin ng soul-searching,” said Cayetano.

“Doon sa mga kritiko ng ABS-CBN, isipin natin ano bang mga mabubuting ginawa nila sa last 60 years na pagseserbisyo nila sa bayan, pero doon naman po sa kritiko against ABS-CBN, huwag mong sabihin na perpekto ang ABS-CBN, di ba?” he added.

President Rodrigo Duterte on several occasions blasted ABS-CBN and vowed any attempt for the renewal of its congressional franchise.

The chief executive claimed that the broadcast giant in 2016 failed to air his political ad during the final stretch of the campaign period despite paying close to P20 million in fees and instead aired a smear campaign commercial against him which was paid by former Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV.

Cayetano, Duterte’s running mate in 2016 meanwhile accused the Lopez network of giving VIP treatment to certain national candidates during the 2016 presidential polls.

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