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Panelo disses De Lima: Wala na pumapansin d’yan!

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Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo has dismissed Senator Leila de Lima’s latest charge that President Rodrigo Duerte’s threat to shut down ABS-CBN Broadcasting Corp.was “political vendetta.”

“Hindi na pinapansin ‘yun (De Lima),” said Panelo in a radio interview. “Kung political vendetta iyan, eh di sana namatay na ‘yung mga kalaban niya, mga naninira sa kanya. Ni isa wala nga siyang dine-demanda,” said Panelo.

In a statement released on Saturday, De Lima, who has been detained since 2017 for alleged drug charges, said Duterte’s renewed threat against the media firm merely proved his “regime’s blatant crackdown, broader propaganda, misinformation against media, opposition leaders and organizations who criticize and challenge his crooked and brutal policies.”

On Tuesday, Duterte said he would make sure that ABS-CBN would be “out” of business, when its license to operate expires because of its alleged unfair reporting and failure to run his political advertisements during the 2016 presidential race.

ABS-CBN’s 25-year franchise will expire on March 30, 2020, unless Congress and the President grant its renewal. (PNA)

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