Bato Dela Rosa on ABS CBN's closure: What’s 11,000 workers compared to entire PH?

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Senator Ronald “Bato” Dela Rosa opened up about the issue involving possible closure of giant network ABS CBN should its franchise doesn’t get renewed.

Dela Rosa also questioned the accuracy of reports saying that there will be 11,000 workers who will lose their jobs once the network shuts down.

“11,000 talaga? Sigurado ka?” the senator said addressing a reporter at the Senate in an interview.

“Anyway, regardless kung ilan yun, what’s 11,000 compared to the whole Filipino nation na matagal ng sinamantalahan ng isang kumpanya kung talagang ma prove yan sa hearing na pinagsamantalahan ang sambayanang Pilipino? What’s 11,000 compared to the whole Filipino nation?” Dela Rosa added

The former chief of police also said that he would first look at the evidence presented against the network before considering to change his mind about the issue.

“E kung mabigat yung akusasyon na talagang maraming viniolate ang ABS, bakit mo pa i re-renew. Kung talagang ma prove dun sa hearing na grabe.. sinamanlala ng husto ng ABS-CBN ang samabayanang Pilipino, bakit nyo pa i renew?

“Kasi mahirap yung puro allegation lang tapos pagdating sa hearing nalaman natin na Santos pala itong ABS-CBN, hindi pala ito makasalanan,” he said, as quoted by Inquirer.

On the other hand, Dela Rosa maintained that President Rodrigo Duterte only has the best interest in mind for the country and that they both have the same view in life.

“Pero sa nakikita ko he’s doing it for the good of the majority of the Filipino people so pareho kami ng objective sa buhay. Kailangang ang gobyerno ang magru-rule dito sa ating bansa at ang sambayang Pilipino ay makikinabang. Yun ang kanyang objective sa buhay nya so ganun din ang objective ko,” he said.

President Duterte has repeatedly expressed his desire to close ABS-CBN during his speeches. And recently, Solicitor General Jose Calida has filed a quo warranto petition at the Supreme Court to revoke the existing franchise of the network giant.

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