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GMA-7, TV5 owners did not violate laws, seek to play kingmaker or kingslayer — Cayetano

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House Speaker Alan Cayetano is setting the record straight why ABS-CBN network was not given a franchise while rival television stations got the license without a hitch.

In a Facebook post, Cayetano said GMA-7 and TV5 owners neither abused the freedom of the press, “screwed our people” nor violated the country’s election laws.

“The GMA and TV5 franchises – as well as hundreds more – where approved without a hitch. That is because their exercise of the freedom of speech and of the Press, was never employed to mask the
corporate practices of their owners that screwed the system and our people – to the tune of billions of pesos,” he said.

The owners of these broadcast stations also did not play kingmaker or kingslayer during the elections, Cayetano said.

“While the newscast of their journalists were as feisty as ABSCBN – and in my case, even feistier at times – their owners did not violate election laws nor sought to play Kingmaker, or Kingslayer,” he said.

He said the House of Representatives will “never tolerate anyone, including oligarchs, who will abuse the system and cheat both the government and our people.”

A House committee recently voted to deny the franchise application of ABS-CBN Corporation, effectively shutting down its free tv and radio stations. Cayetano has advised critics including Vice President Leni Robredo and Senator Grace Poe to chill and read the House decision.

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