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Kung si Ayala, MVP napatawad ni Duterte! Ben Tulfo: ABS-CBN didn’t deserve shutdown

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Radio and television host Ben Tulfo couldn’t help but feel for ABS-CBN after it was shut down by the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) because its franchise expired.

In his May 8 column for Pilipino Star Ngayon, Tulfo said ABS-CBN didn’t deserve to go off air in the middle of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. He said the network’s bosses should’ve been accorded the same understanding as the Ayalas or businessman Manuel V. Pangilinan, whom President Rodrigo Duterte apologized to recently.

“Bakit kinakailangang gawin ito sa gitna ng krisis? Nagawa ni Pres. Rodrigo Duterte na humingi ng paumanhin at kapatawaran sa kanyang mga hindi magandang pahayag laban kay Manny V. Pangilinan at Ayala-Zobel sa media kamakailan,” Tulfo said.

The broadcaster, whose family is known to be staunch supporters of Duterte, said the NTC and Solicitor General Jose Calida should’ve cleared the matter of ABS-CBN’s franchise with Malacanang.

Calida pressured NTC into issuing a cease and desist order against ABS-CBN despite its officials’ earlier assurance to lawmakers that a provisional authority will be issued to the network so it can operate even with an expired franchise.

Tulfo said he’s not taking the side of ABS-CBN’s bosses, but feels pity for its workers, who stand to lose their jobs if the shutdown drags on.

“’Yung mga nagtatrabaho sa ibaba, ‘yung bumubuo ng organisasyon, ‘yung mga empleyado ang higit na apektado ng kasawiang ito. Sila ang dapat kaawaan dahil sa biglaang kawalan, ang totoong naapektuhan sa gitna pa ng krisis na ito,” he said.

“Panoorin ang kabuuan ng komentaryo kong ito sa BITAG OFFICIAL YouTube Channel. Huwag malito, hindi ako bumalentong, hindi ako bumalimbing,” Tulfo added.

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