Walang kinalaman ang press freedom! Panelo burns Karen Davila: ‘Pag nawala ABS-CBN, may radyo, TV pa rin!'

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In an interview with ANC’s “Headstart” host Karen Davila, Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo made it clear that President Rodrigo Duterte has no hand in ABS CBN’s fight for its franchise renewal.

Panelo also slammed the accusations that closure of media giant ABS CBN is tantamount to an attack against press freedom.

“O sige, ipagpalagay natin nawala ang ABS—hindi, teka muna. Ipagpalagay natin nawala ang ABS-CBN, are you telling me na namatay na ang freedom of the press? Of course not! Ang daming networks, ang daming radyo,” he said.

“Nandiyan pa rin and ABS-CBN can always… alam mo na, kadali lang naman gawan ng paraan ‘yan eh. Ibenta mo lang pagkatapos ikaw rin pala may hawak,” he said.

When Davila asked Panelo to stick to the issue of “press freedom”, Panelo shot back and sai: “Tell me, bakit konektado sa freedom of the press at bakit konektado si Presidente, sige nga?”

When Davila pressed again for a different tactics saying shutting down  ABS CBN is like  “curtailing”- presumably of press freedom, Panelo, said shutting it down is okay due its alleged violations.

“Where is the curtailing, I cannot see the curtailing, where is the curtailing there? If you violate a provision of a law and that will be the result of your violation, how can that be” the spokesman said
President Duterte has repeatedly expressed his desire to close ABS-CBN during his speeches. 

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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