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Patama kay Duterte? Cayetano says ‘no one in Congress wants a dictatorship’

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By JOHN CARLO M. CAHINHINAN

House Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano insisted that not a single congressman wants a dictatorship.

Cayetano’s remarks came during an ambush interview in Batangas City when asked by reporters over the status of the pending franchise renewal bills of broadcast giant ABS-CBN, wherein the House leader insisted “freedom of the press is not lost” in Congress.

“No one in Congress want a dictatorship,” he said.

Cayetano stressed that freedom of the press has been always the first casualty under the dictatorial rule and followed by the legislature.

“No one in Congress want a dictatorship, bakit? Unang sinasara media, siyempre mahirap ngayon kasi may social media pero pangalawa, kung hindi pangalawa, unang sinasara Kongreso eh, yung dictatorship, one-man or one-woman rule, halos sabay sinasara ang Kongreso at saka media,” Cayetano explained.

Cayetano said that the House of Representatives is willing to listen to those both in favor and against the franchise renewal of ABS-CBN as the committee on legislative franchises chaired by Palawan Rep. Franz “Chicoy” Alvarez is set to hear about 50 franchise bill pending before his panel starting this coming February.

“So sa dun sa pro-ABS makinig muna kayo sa anti, dun sa mga anti makinig muna kayo sa pro kasi habang hindi pa lumalabas lahat ng isyu, yes lumalabas sa media pero soundbites yan eh, even yung mga petition soundbites yun, hindi yan yung kabuuan nito,” said Cayetano.

The Speaker said that even though he has personal issues with the Kapamilya network especially during the 2016 polls, ABS-CBN talents like Vice Ganda have endorsed his congressional bid during the midterm elections last year.

“To be fair to both sides, may lumalabas, may sagutan, how do I put it, may progress na nangyayari despite na yung debate is still outside and we don’t take it personally,” he said.

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