NO OTHER major television network in the country has ever insulted a sitting President so fiercely since the Aquino administration. Upon assumption to office, President Rodrigo Roa Duterte became a favorite punching bag. Anything that could possibly damage the reputation of the President, ABS-CBN doesn’t have any qualms reporting it.
A recent incident – a Philippine fishing boat rammed by a Chinese ship on June 9, 2019 within our country’s waters – was reported in a manner that would trigger diplomatic disarray.
The collision was only reported on June 12. It was picked up by the mainstream media while our country was celebrating Independence Day. Malicious?
The Recto Bank maritime incident could have been resolved swiftly without fanfare were our government officials responsible enough to hold the bull by its horn. But it appears some just wanted a share of stardom no matter how brief, exposing their stupidity. In essence they turned into a liability rather than helping our fishermen in distress.
This gave anti-Duterte destabilizers a chance to attack our maritime and foreign policies, making us appear weak and inutile. Moments like this give ABS-CBN the golden opportunity to propagate morbid scenarios, that our country is going to the dogs.
When President Rodrigo Duterte made public his beef with the network, all hell broke loose. For ABS-CBN, backing off is not an option. Does it really think it has the power to make or unmake the President?
Obviously, Sen. Grace Poe is on its side and so are other opposition senators such as Franlikn Drilon, Kiko Pangilinan, Antonio Trillanes, Risa Hontiveros and phoney Vice President Leni Robredo to mention a few.
The moment of reckoning is fast approaching. President Duterte’s stand is not to give the network another franchise extension. But the network knows exactly how to play the game. It talents have been warning of the economic displacement of thousands of network employees across the country.
But hey, Jimmy Bondoc recently made an expose about the network – some of it bizarre, morbid.
For the network, what is important is its economic growth and gain. Loyalty and dedication be damned.
Kapamilya, good riddance. (firstname.lastname@example.org/PN)