President Rodrigo Duterte appeared to have a change of heart in so far as renewing the franchise of television network ABS-CBN is concerned.
After saying that if he could have his way, he would make sure ABS-CBN’s franchise is revoked, Duterte said he only made the statement because he was still hurt by the network’s actions against him, including reporting the allegations of Senator Antonio Trillanes IV that he has billions in hidden wealth as well as failing to air his political ads but not returning the money he paid for airtime.
“That was really hurting. Sometimes I blurt it out, but I have learned to live with it actually. Sometimes I just get mad,” he said, adding that he would now rather “let it pass.”
House Bill No. 4349, which seeks to renew ABS-CBN’s franchise for 25 years, is still pending at the committee level in Congress.