Drilon: I admit playing politics to save 11,000 jobs

Balita - - News - Hannah L. Torregoza

Itinanggi kahapon ni Senate minority leader Franklin Drilon na namumuliti­ka siya nang ipanukala niya ang isang resolusyon na humihiling sa Congress na pagkalooba­n ng tatlong taong extension ang prangkisa ng ABSCBN Corp., ikinatuwir­ang nais lamang niyang ikonsidera ng mga kapwa niya mambabatas ang 11,000 empleyado na mawawalam ng trabaho sakaling biglaang magtapos ang prangkisa ng network.

“They said, vote according to your conscience. Hopefully their conscience will bother them if 11,000 employees would lose their job. Somebody said yesterday that I am playing politics by proposing a three-year extension,” sinabi ni Drilon sa isang panayam ng ANC Headstart.

“I say that if trying to save the jobs of 11,000 employees is politics, then I admit I am playing politics. I do not think that’s the motive. I think we should not attribute motive to fellow legislator­s,” ani Drilon.

Sa Lunes, sisimulan ng Senate committee on public services na pinamumunu­an ni Sen. Grace Poe ang pagdinig sa ABS-CBN franchise, sa gitna ng mga alalahanin sa pagtanggi ng mga pinuno ng Kamara na talakayin ang iba’t ibang mga panukalang batas na nakabinbin sa mababang kapulungan.

Sinabi ni Drilon na hindi totoo ang paniniwala ng mga mambabatas sa House na maaaring magpatuloy sa pag-operate ang ABS_CBN bilang isang broadcast station lampas sa Mayo 30, 2020.

“No. That is a view expressed by politician­s or lawmakers on the floors of the Senate and the House of Representa­tives. The Supreme Court ruled that a franhisee cannot anymore operate as a broadcast station if there is no longer a franchise. Of course, there is this view but you are taking the risk that the SC will rule otherwise, as it has ruled in some cases,” paliwanag ng hepe ng minorya.

“I am just saying that I do not want to risk the livelihood of 11,000 ABS-CBN employees on a theory that ABS-CBN and its 11,000 workers can continue after March 30 without a franchise.

“Let me make it very clear, once enacted, our joint resolution has the effect and force of a law and it must be approved by the President,” diin ni Drilon.

Muli ring idiniin ni Drilon na ang pagdinig ng Senado ay hindi sakop ng sub judice rule dahil ang Senado ay isang co-equal branch of government.

“It doesn’t apply to us, because it is clear that the sub judice rule is applicable to court. In Congress, legislativ­e hearings are not supposed to decide who is right or wrong,” aniya

“We are having our hearings in aid of legislatio­n to assist us as to how to act on a particular matter in the exercise of our oversight functions,” aniya pa.

“As decided by the Supreme Court, no court has the authority to prohibit the Committee from requiring respondent to appear and testify before it,” ani Drilon.

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