Locsin says Noynoy Aquino 'ungrateful' for rejecting early franchise renewal of ABS CBN

DFA Chief Teddyboy Locsin and former Pres. Noynoy Aquino | Photo from Rappler and Philstar

Foreign Affairs Teodoro Locsin Jr. shared his opinion on the former president’s stand regarding the recent closure order of the biggest TV network in the country.

For Secretary Locsin, the ABS-CBN franchise renewal bill was pending way back former President Noynoy Aquino’s term, but he allegedly did not do anything about it.

Locsin has accused Aquino of refusing to support the renewal of franchise of the Lopez-owned network during his administration.

He called the former chief executive “ungrateful” for withholding the network’s franchise renewal especially since the network endorsed him win in the 2010 elections.

The former presidential spokesperson during the late Cory Aquino’s term, said that Noynoy has escaped the blame for the network’s closure as ordered by the National Telecommunications Commission due to an expired franchise.

He is just perplexed as to why Noynoy should also be blamed for he did not vouched ABS-CBN’s renewal during his term when the Kapamilya network supported his way to the Malacanang.

“Noynoy refused to renew the franchise. Was he wrong? Yes & ungrateful. I wanted Lopezes to get it renewed under him because he owed his election to their stupendous coverage of Cory’s funeral. And he escapes blame? Maybe he had a negative—even if I believe wrong—view of ABSCBN,” Locsin tweeted.

Locsin said it was Congress that did not pass the franchise renewal of the network and came in to defend President Duterte from the ABS-CBN dilemma.
“Noynoy flat out rejected the early renewal of the ABSCBN franchise. Maybe he thought when he was in power what Duterte thought as well,” he tweeted.
“Thank God Duterte changed his mind though Congress did not cooperate,” he said.
During Noynoy Aquino's administration, he also had a love-hate relationship with the media. He previously criticized the media for alleged inaccurate and negative reporting.
In one instance, Noynoy attended TV Patrol’s 25th anniversary in 2012 as the special guest of honor of the event.
PNoy as the people calls him, criticized the local media over alleged negative stories about his administration. 
Aquino also vented his disdain on former Vice President and TV Patrol anchor Noli de Castro over his critical reporting during the network’s event.

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