Ngayon ko lang narinig ‘yan! Eric Yap denies Iglesia Ni Cristo lobby to deny ABS-CBN’s franchise bid
ACT-CIS party-list Rep. Eric Yap has denied that Iglesia Ni Cristo is lobbying to block ABS-CBN’s franchise renewal so the network will lose its franchise for good.
The neophyte lawmaker said he was unaware of INC’s alleged lobbying in an interview on ANC’s “Headstart” Wednesday (May 27).
“’Yung totoo, ngayon ko lang narinig ‘yan. And then I don’t think yung Iglesia Ni Cristo is very active sa ganoon dahil wala akong narinig sa Congress diyan,” he said.
Yap claimed he doesn’t have any ties with INC so he wouldn’t know of any move by the influential religious bloc against ABS-CBN.
“Unang una, hindi ako member ng Iglesia Ni Cristo and hindi rin po nila dinala ‘yung… I mean hindi nila in-endorse yung aking party-list noong eleksyon so wala akong naririnig na ganoon,” he said.
Politiko reported on May 11 that INC auditor-general Glicerio Santos Jr. sent his son to directly lobby with House leaders led by Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano to ensure ABS-CBN’s franchise wouldn’t be renewed.
INC also reportedly tasked former Justice Undersecretary Felix Exconde Jr. to talk to House leaders about ABS-CBN’s franchise.
ABS-CBN has been off air since May 5 due to a cease and desist order issued by the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) because its franchise had expired.
Politiko’s sources said INC wants to take over ABS-CBN’s frequencies, which include Channels 2 and 23 on free television, as well as those for its AM and FM radio stations.
Yap has filed a resolution along with Cavite Rep. Abraham Tolentino and Davao City Rep. Paolo Duterte seeking an investigation on ABS-CBN’s alleged violations of its franchise.