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Palace says Coco Martin’s rant is proof that PH democracy isn’t dead yet

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By Prince Golez

Coco Martin’s tirades against the government only showed that democracy has never been more alive in the Philippines, Malacañang said.

During a Facebook live session Friday, Ang Probinsyano lead actor Martin criticized the government shutdown order against media firm ABS-CBN, which has more than 11,000 workers, after the lapse of its 25-year franchise on May 4.

“Alam ninyo po iyan naman po ay nagpapatunay na buhay ang demokrasya sa Pilipinas, mayroong malayang pananalita at wala pong sumusupil sa kalayaan ni Coco Martin na magsalita,” Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said in an interview over state-run PTV-4.

Roque also refuted Martin’s comparison between the ABS-CBN shutdown and the Philippine Offshore Gaming Operators operations.

“Pero parang hindi tama iyong comparison between ABS-CBN and ng mga POGO, dahil unlike iyong mga broadcast companies, wala pong probisyon sa Saligang Batas kung sino pupuwedeng magbigay ng authority para mag-operate ang POGO,” according to him.

He explained that the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation has authority over POGOs while a franchise is a privilege granted by Congress to public utilities like broadcast entities.

“Ang POGO po, tanging PAGCOR lang ang puwedeng magbigay ng desisyon kung sila’y puwedeng mag-operate; samantalang ang broadcast company po ay tanging Kongreso lang po ang may ganiyang kapangyarihan.”

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