A netizen criticized Kapamilya journalist Karen Davila for insisting that President Rodrigo Duterte is possibly controlling the House of the Representatives to delay the talks on the franchise renewal of ABS-CBN.
Davila, after her viral interview with Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo, posted several tweets about President Duterte’s ability to hasten or to delay the renewal of the broadcasting network.
“Ang TOTOO. Kahit ano pang sabihing dahilan na “separation of powers”, sinasabi pa rin ng ilang kongresista na kung gusto ng Pangulo, didinggin nila ang prankisa. Yun ang realidad nila sa mababang kapulungan,” Davila said on her tweet.
Ang TOTOO. Kahit ano pang sabihing dahilan na “separation of powers”, sinasabi pa rin ng ilang kongresista na kung gusto ng Pangulo, didinggin nila ang prankisa. Yun ang realidad nila sa mababang kapulungan. pic.twitter.com/t9c9JtT9Sg
— Karen Davila (@iamkarendavila) February 22, 2020
Netizen Noel Landero Sarifa is one of the netizens who responded to Davila’s tweet, asking why the journalist was still insisting that Duterte had a role in the issue of ABS-CBN franchise despite talking already to the spokesperson of the President.
According to him, Davila should stop interviewing anyone if she’s not going to believe what they’re saying.
Sarifa pointed out that Congress should address more important bills than focusing on the franchise renewal of ABS-CBN.
“Naginterview ka pa kung hindi mo rin naman tatanggapin ang salaysay ng ininterview mo. Hindi ka naman imbestigador or judge to say which is which, the media is to present the side of the story of both party, but it seems you are to bias to accept the side of the state. Kung hindi mo kayang paniwalaan ang separation ng house, senate at executive e di sana di ka na nag-interview kung di mo rin naman paniniwalaan sasabihin nila. Mali ang pagkaitindi mo sa balita,” Sarifa said.
“Bakit ba baluktot pag-iisip mo? Hindi ba pruweba yan na hindi nakikialam ang pangulo? May mga nakaline up na sa session ng congress, so gusto mo sumingit kayo sa Pila? Gusto nyo kasi kayo mauna, hindi ang taumbayan. Aba may mga priority ang congress at yun ang alam nilang mas makakatulong sa bayan hindi ng station mo,” he added.
The netizen also said that by not certifying the ABS-CBN franchise renewal bill as urgent, it showed that President Duterte is not interfering with the said issue.
“Ibig sabihin, gagawin pa rin ng Congress ang trabaho nila, nila sa pagtalakay ng franchise renewal nyo kaso nga lang hindi sya urgent. Ikaw ang nag-uudyok sa pangulo na makialam sya sa proseso ng kongreso, ayaw nya nga pakialaman e. House Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano said holding hearings into the network’s franchise is “not that urgent” so speaker may sabi nun. Pagginawang urgent yan ng pangulo e di pakikialam yun, di ba?” he said.
House Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano said many times that they’re not rushing to discuss the franchise renewal of ABS-CBN because many people are still emotional about the issue.
He also claimed that ABS-CBN could still operate even after its franchise expires.