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Who’s got the money? ABS-CBN never got payment from Duterte for campaign ad

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President Rodrigo Duterte is barking up the wrong tree by repeatedly accusing ABS-CBN of estafa for supposedly accepting the payment his camp made for a political advertisement without airing it.

That’s because ABS-CBN never accepted his money in the first place.

Politiko has learned that the media conglomerate turned down Duterte’s payment for a campaign ad because it used footage during the presidential debate hosted by ABS-CBN in April last year.

The ad, which was created by the then-Davao mayor’s team in response to a commercial paid for by Senator Antonio Trillanes IV’s camp, showed the faces of ABS-CBN executives, among them its Chairman, Gabby Lopez, and Chief Content Officer Charo Santos Concio.

ABS-CBN wanted the faces of its executives blurred or put out of focus for the sake of neutrality.

Duterte’s camp, however, objected to ABS-CBN’s condition for airing the ad.

The stalemate was the reason why Duterte’s commercial never went on air.

With the President incessantly attacking ABS-CBN over its supposed bias and bad business practice nowadays, it’s a good time to ask: Who got his ad money?