Davao City Mayor Inday Sara Duterte-Carpio said that she’s also one of the Filipinos hoping for ABS-CBN to get a franchise renewal.
In a chance interview in Sulu, Mayor Duterte said that Davao City is supportive to ABS-CBN amid the issue they being faced.
Inday Sara’s father, President Rodrigo Duterte opposed the franchise renewal of ABS-CBN many times; however, recently, the latter decided to accept the public apology of the executives of the broadcasting network.
“Davao City fully supports ABS-CBN sa kanilang pagpapa-renew ng kanilang franchise. Of course malaki din ang suporta ng ABS-CBN sa Davao City at sa buong bansa,” Duterte-Carpio said.
“Hopefully ma-resolve in a very positive way ang issue ng franchise ng ABS-CBN,” she added.
The presidential daughter believes that President Duterte is also considering the employees that could lose their jobs if ABS-CBN closes down.
“Alam niyo si Presidente Duterte, maawain yang tao so iniisip din niya yung trabaho ng mga maraming employees ng ABS-CBN,” she said.
Inday Sara made the said statement, one day after Duterte seems to soften his tune against ABS-CBN’s franchise.
Duterte accepted the apology of ABS-CBN CEO Karlo Katigbak and asked the network to just donate the refund for his unaired ads to any charity.
“Nandiyan na eh. I accept the apology, of course,” Duterte told reporters Wednesday at Malacanang.
However, he didn’t tell if he’s now supporting the franchise of the broadcasting company.
“I will cross the bridge when I get there. Maybe I will call the media to help me out. It would be a difficult decision, really. So I will… I will cross the bridge when I get there,” he said.
ABS-CBN quickly released a statement, thanking the President for accepting their apology.
They also announced that they’re going to follow the request of Duterte.
“We are grateful and humbled by President Rodrigo Duterte’s acceptance of our apology,” ABS-CBN said in a statement.
“We will coordinate with the President’s office as it relates to his guidance on donating the refund to a charitable institution,” it added.