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By Prince Golez

Malacañang on Monday distanced itself from the quo warranto petition lodged by the Office of the Solicitor General (OSG) against the franchise of broadcast giant ABS-CBN.

“Ang Pangulo [Rodrigo Duterte] hindi nakikialam sa trabaho ng kanyang departments and offices. Palagi niyang sinasabi ‘let the law take its course’,” Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said in an interview over DZMM Teleradyo.

“Ang bawat head ng department ay may kaniya-kaniyang tungkulin, at ang Pangulo ay hindi nakikialam doon,” he added.

Panelo said that Duterte’s repeated tirades against the network’s franchise renewal had nothing to do with the OSG’s move.

“Alam mo yung mga salita ni Presidente yan ay kaugnay sa kanyang displeasure dun sa nangayri sa kanya bilang nagbayad ng pera para sa pag ere ng kanyag campaign materials na hindi naman nailabas. Thats part of freedom of expression when you express your displeasure on something of which you are the subject of a fraud,” he said.

“You cannot deprive the President to express himself, pero walang kaugnay itong pettition ni [Solicitor General Jose Calida].”

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