- Enchong Dee expressed his opinion regarding Salvador Panelo’s suggestion about how ABS-CBN artists should appeal to Congress regarding the company’s franchise.
Kapamilya star Enchong Dee clapped back at Presidential spokesperson Salvador Panelo who made a statement regarding ABS-CBN’s franchise renewal.
“Dapat makiusap sila [ABS-CBN artists] sa Congress na irenew yung lisensya kasi kay Presidente wala naman siyang pakialam doon,” Presidential spokesperson Salvador Panelo said in a statement on February 10. “Pangalawa, ang hukuman naman ang magde-decide doon, hindi rin siya [President Duterte] so palaging outside the kulambo siya doon. But I can understand the feelings of people in ABS.
“Let me just stress this, it’s Congress that has the authority to grant or to renew, not the President,” he added.
As an ABS-CBN artist, Dee took to Twitter to express his thoughts. “We have better things to do,” as a reply.
We have better things to do. https://t.co/kN81hZ7FEM
— Enchong Dee (@enchongdee777) February 10, 2020
On Monday, Solicitor General Jose Calida filed a petition for the nullification of the network’s franchise even before Congress can even decide on whether to extend it for another 25 years. “These practices have gone unnoticed or were disregarded for years,” Calida said in his complaint.
“Alam mo, trabaho ng Solicitor General na maghain ng anumang petisyon pagka mayroong paglabag sa batas,” Panelo told DZMM.
ABS-CBN artists, employees, and supporters alike expressed their support for the network by starting an on-ground and online signature campaign asking Congress to act fairly on the issue.