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Kaya ba natalo si Villlar kay Aquino? Cayetano accuses ABS-CBN of meddling in 2010 elections

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Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano wants a House probe on the electoral sins of ABS-CBN Broadcasting Corp. to cover not only the 2016 polls but go as far back as the 2010 national elections.

In a speech, Cayetano insinuated that ABS-CBN not only interfered in the 2016 elections but also in the 2010 presidential race when his party boss, Nacionalista Party chair Manny Villar, got knocked out by Noynoy Aquino.

“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 don naman po sa kritiko ng ABS-CBN, huwag mong sabihin na perpekto ang ABS-CBN, di ba?” said Cayetano.

“Noong 2010 at 2016 election, yung pakikialam sa eleksyon malaking isyu ‘yun, meron tayong Fair Election Act, may batas tayo na ang media hindi pwedeng hindi patas kapag eleksyon. So yun po ang mahirap na balanse sa Kongreso, inatas niyo sa amin yan,” he added.

ABS-CBN is in danger of losing it franchise primarily because President Rodrigo Duterte has personally declared that he would make sure that Congress would not hold a hearing for bills renewing the TV giant’s 25-year franchise.

Duterte has repeatedly accused ABS-CBN of bias when it accepted his payment but refused to air his campaign ad in the last few days before the 2016 presidential election in response to an anti-Duterte ad bankrolled by former Senator Antonio Trillanes IV and aired by the TV giant.

Duterte has not cited the 2010 elections among ABS-CBN’s alleged transgressions.

Apparently, Cayetano has not move on from the the devastating loss suffered by his patron Villar, who was the front-runner among presidential bets just months before the start of the 2010 campaign, lost to Aquino. Villar retired from politics after his soul-crushing defeat.

ABS-CBN’s franchise, which is set to expire on March 2020, could have been renewed as early as the 16th Congress under the Aquino administration.

Although there have been bills filed for renewal, ABS-CBN management reportedly balked at the stiff fees sought by some influential congressmen in the past Congress.

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