The Senate Resolution No. 395 which seeks to reverse the National Telecommunications Commission’s (NTC) cease and desist order against ABS-CBN and its affiliates was finally passed on Monday.
The resolution reiterates the Senate’s position wanting ABS-CBN to continue operations while its franchise is pending in congress.
However, 9 senators, including Pia Cayetano and Senate President Tito Sotto abstained from voting.
Cayetano sponsored the resolution but surprised everyone when she withdrew her signature.
Aside from the 9 who abstained, three had ‘no comment’.
Grace Poe tweeted on May 8 saying, “The Filipino people want to see the network back on air. To see is to believe.”
The Filipino people want to see the network back on air. To see is to believe.
As Senate President Sotto vowed, the Senate will not waste a moment once the bill reaches the Chamber, as this matter is imbued with public interest.
— GRACE POE (@SenGracePOE) May 8, 2020
Netizens slammed her for not delivering on her promise.
Someone give Grace Poe a cushion, her ass must hurt from ~7 years of fence-sitting. https://t.co/iWIIwyoN9z
— JM Lanuza (@lanuzer) May 11, 2020
It was actually quite surprising for many.
Whaaat? Grace Poe talaga no comment? Enebeyen! Buti na lang may 12 pa, smh..
— Fb Ç. (@Lady_irOn17) May 11, 2020
Bakit wala si Grace Poe? pic.twitter.com/7pY5XHENO1
— Ramon Ortoll (@marortoll) May 11, 2020
One netizen says Poe is an ingrate since ABS-CBN supported her in the past.
I hope ABS-CBN remembers that Grace Poe, a candidate they obviously supported in her past two elections, is not deserving of any grace from them. https://t.co/5gBw3SPUs3
— rus #OustDuterte (@russelmatthew_) May 11, 2020
Di ko magets ang pa-NO COMMENT ni Atimo Sen.Grace Poe. Ano na?
— K I R B Y (@kkiirbee) May 11, 2020
— ⠍⠁⠗⠉ — (@mrc199x) May 11, 2020
Kadiri si Grace Poe for sure disappointed si Susan Roces sa kanya
— kYennefer (@Yenipper) May 11, 2020
After tweeting “Freedom of expression is sacrosanct and is what keeps democracy alive and thriving. It is a right that every government must respect and never obstruct,” Dick Gordon had no comment as well.
Freedom of expression is sacrosanct and is what keeps democracy alive and thriving. It is a right that every government must respect and never obstruct.
Full statement on NTC’S CEASE AND DESIST ORDER ISSUED TO ABS-CBN : pic.twitter.com/0dYGHeGTOX
— Richard J. Gordon (@DickGordonDG) May 5, 2020
The third senator who had no comment was Koko Pimentel, which shocked no one.