Kasosyo pala! Poe could be liable for graft over conflict of interest on ABS-CBN franchise says report

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According to the recent column of veteran columnist and former Cabinet Secretary Rigoberto Tiglao, Senator Grace Poe could be held liable for graft for shamelessly showing off her conflict by leading the Senate hearing on ABS-CBN’s franchise.

What is astonishing is that she saw no conflict of interest in this, saying that she called the hearing on ABS-CBN since she is the chairman of the Committee on Public Services and that she is just “one of 24 senators.” Tiglao mentioned.

In Tiglao’s February 28 column for the Manila Times, he quoted Trixie Cruz-Angeles, a lawyer and a well-known blogger, that Senator Poe violated the Constitution’s Article VI, Section 14, part of which states that, “No senator or member of the House of Representatives shall be directly or indirectly interested financially in any contract with, or in any franchise or special privilege granted by the government.”

The lady senator could be held criminally liable for graft over the blatant conflict of interest, as per Atty. Cruz-Angeles, he added.
Poe is violating the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act, whose Section 3(h) lists as a corrupt practice a government official having direct or indirect “financial or pecuniary interest in any business, contract or transaction in connection with which he intervenes or takes part in his official capacity.”

“Poe certainly intervened in the process for a company seeking a franchise law. She called for a hearing of a committee she chaired that was a shameless propaganda shill for ABS-CBN,” Tiglao said.
The Manila Times columnist condemned Poe for lack of delicadeza since it was she who initiated for the hearing amid ABS-CBN’s franchise woes.

The hearing was conducted February 24 by the Senate committee on public services, which Poe chairs.

 The committee composes of four vice chairmen: Senators Panfilo Lacson, Ramon Revilla Jr., Emmanuel Pacquiao and Sherwin Gatchalian.
“Poe obviously doesn’t care about the notion of delicadeza. If she had an ounce of this value, she would have inhibited herself from any involvement in the Congress discussions and debates about ABS-CBN’s pending franchise application,” Tiglao mentioned
Tiglao added that Poe had flaunted about her family’s connection with ABS-CBN in the past, with the network getting exclusive rights to the movies featuring the senator’s father, the late action star Fernando Poe Jr.

“Ang Probinsyano” is also based on Poe’s late father Fernando Poe Jr.’s (FPJ) 1997 movie of the same title. It is inconceivable that Susan and FPJ didn’t get any royalties for allowing ABS-CBN to base its series on the 1997 “Ang Probinsyano.” Roces, in fact, has been a major ABS-CBN “talent.”
And Susan Roces, is also a mainstay on the hit ABS-CBN television series, “Ang Probinsyano.”

“If ABS-CBN closes down because it can’t get its franchise, Poe and her family would, of course, get nothing from that contract. Do the other senators who emotionally defended ABS-CBN at the hearing — several of them saying that they cannot imagine ABS-CBN being taken off the air — know this?” Tiglao asked.

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