President Rodrigo Duterte is proud of doing something no president in the pos-EDSA People Power years has done: stand up to ABS-CBN Broadcasting Corp.
“Walang presidente ang gumalaw niyan e. Takot. Takot sa pera, takot sa ABS,” said Duterte in a speech on December 30.
With its dominant position in the media industry for decades, it has been considered a virtual “kingmaker” during elections, politikos have avoided butting heads with ABS-CBN except for Duterte who has been vocal about his enmity for the TV station and its owners.
A few weeks after declaring he would make sure ABS-CBN’s franchise would not be renewed after its epxiration on March 2020, Duterte went a step further in pressuring the media giant by advising its owners, the Lopez family, to sell out.
“Itong ABS, mag-expire ang contract ninyo, mag-renew kayo, ewan ko lang kung mangyari. Ako pa sa’yo, pagbili na ninyo ‘yan,” said Duterte.
“Kasi ang Pilipino, ngayon lang makaganti sa inyong kalokohan. And I will make sure that you will remember this episode of our times forever,” he added.