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.
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.
“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.
“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.
Duterte also accused the ABS-CBN’s owners of using their media platforms to discredit him.
“Great wealth enables economic elites and corporations to influence public policy to their advantage,” the President said.
“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.