By Prince Golez
Malacañang has declined to comment on the return of ABS-CBN Corp. to free television starting Saturday.
ABS-CBN had earlier announced that they will air some of its entertainment shows and movies on Zoe TV, the broadcasting arm of Jesus Is Lord Church led and founded by Eddie Villanueva.
Last July, the broadcast giant failed to renew its congressional franchise after the House of Representatives voted to deny its application.
“We neither welcome it nor… We have no reaction to it because they are a content provider. For all intents and purposes, it is Zoe that will be subject to regulation because Zoe is the franchise holder,” Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said in an interview with CNN Philippines Wednesday.
“What has happened is ABS-CBN has become a content provider so that’s a distinct line of business that does not require a franchise. So, I guess the fans of ‘[Ang] Probinsyano’ and the other soap operas can look forward to them on Zoe TV.
President Rodrigo Duterte and evangelist Villanueva met in Malacañang Tuesday night.
Roque, however, said he was not privy to what they discussed. “I was not in the meeting. I get my orders on what to say from the President himself.”