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By Prince Golez

President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday took a swipe at Senator Franklin Drilon for “defending” the Lopez family that owns ABS-CBN, the country’s largest television broadcast company.

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In his fifth State of the Nation Address, Duterte claimed that Drilon’s comment that being rich does not make one an oligarch was made in defense of the Lopezes.

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“It is sad that while the government focuses its resources to battle the coronavirus, there are those who take advantage of a preoccupied government. One of them is Senator Franklin Drilon,” according to him.

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“In an interview, he arrogantly mentioned among others that oligarchs need not be rich, then he linked the anti-dynasty system with oligarchy and the topic was my daughter and son,” he added.

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Duterte also accused the ABS-CBN’s owners of using their media platforms to discredit him.

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“Great wealth enables economic elites and corporations to influence public policy to their advantage,” the President said.

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“Media is a powerful tool in the hands of the oligarchs like the Lopezes who use their media outlets in their battles with political figures. I am a casualty of the Lopezes during the 2016 elections,” he also said.

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