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By JOHN CARLO M. CAHINHINAN

MANILA – Senate Blue Ribbon Committee chair Richard Gordon has defended Minority Floor Leader Franklin Drilon over after being highlighted by President Rodrigo Duterte’s outburst during his fifth State of the Nation Address (SONA) last Monday.

In a statement, Gordon has called out the President saying his attacks against Drilon is uncalled for, considering that he is addressing not only in front of the Joint Session of Congress, but to the entire nation.

‘’I think its unpresidential, malaki galit nya pero di dapat inilabas sa public marami siya sinasabi na di dapat sabihin,” said Gordon.

Duterte blasted in Drilon for allegedly protecting and defending the oligarchy, particularly the Lopez Family who controls the embattled broadcast giant ABS-CBN after the House of Representatives last month denied the franchise application of the media conglomerate.

Gordon said the chief executive shouldn’t have singled out Drilon during the occasion wherein the President should be telling the actual state of the nation amid the coronavirus pandemic.

“Di nya dapat isingle out ang isang tao,” he said.

Drilon has already responded to Duterte’s tirades, insisting that he was not defending any oligarchic family but rather he just expressed concern to the more than 11,000 employees that are expected to loss their respective jobs and livelihoods as the Kapamilya network is expected to trim down its operations following the denial of its congressional franchise renewal.

Duterte also accused Drilon of his alleged participation in the anomalous concession agreements with water concessionaires Manila Water and Maynilad through the ACCRA Law Office.

Both Drilon and Gordon were previously part of the said prominent law office prior to their respective political careers.

Drilon has already denied the allegations thrown by Duterte, saying that he was no longer part of the ACCRA Law when the concession agreement was finalized during the latter part of the 1990s.

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