Duterte accepts ABS-CBN apology, won’t interfere with franchise issue

Aileen Cerrudo

President Rodrigo Duterte has accepted ABS-CBN’s apology over its failure to air his political advertisement worth P2.6 million during the 2016 election and the airing of a political ad against the President paid for by his staunch critic, former senator Antonio Trillanes IV.

“Yes, nandiyan iyan (it’s already there). I accept the apology of course,” he said during an interview with reporters on Wednesday (February 26).

ABS-CBN chief executive officer Carlo L. Katigbak apologized on Monday (February 24) saying it was not the intention of the network to offend the President.

Duterte also reiterated that he will not interfere with the network’s franchise issue.

“I leave it to Congress. The critical move is in the House and I tell you I am not going to interfere,” the President said.

He added that he has not decided yet whether to sign into law the bill granting ABS-CBN a fresh 25-year license to operate.

“I will cross the bridge when I get there. Maybe I will call the media to help me out. It would be a difficult decision, really,” he said.—AAC

 

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