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SAGIP Partylist Rep. Rodante Marcoleta becomes a laughingstock during Congress hearing with his alibi

Marcoleta then asked for permission to approach ABS-CBN President and CEO Carlo Katigbak to let the latter see his discomfort. 

Rep. Rodante Marcoleta, said in a congress hearing on Monday, that he cannot read the documents submitted by ABS-CBN

When the joint hearing was about to end, Marcoleta asks Rep. “Kuya” Jose Antonio R. Sy-Alvarado, Committee for Good Government And Public Accountability Chairperson, to help him because he could not read the 83-page document submitted by ABS-CBN. 

“Mr. Chair, bago po tayo magtapos, merong bagay sana akong isasangguni sa inyo sapagkat magpapatulong po ako sa inyo. Ito po binigyan sa akin na dossier ng ABS-CBN, ito po ay may 83 pages,” Marcoleta said. 

“Malaki pong problema sa akin ito sapagkat ‘di ko po kayang basahin ito, kahit nga po siguro yung kuwago ‘di niya mabasa ‘to,” Marcoleta added. 

Marcoleta then asked for permission to approach ABS-CBN President and CEO Carlo Katigbak to let the latter see his discomfort. 

“Hihingi po ako sainyo ng permiso, lalapitan ko si Mr. Katigbak para ipakita ko po sa kanya ang aking discomfort, hindi po ako makakapag-participate sapagkat ‘di ko po kayang basahin,” Marcoleta said.

It was not clear if Marcoleta meant his eyesight was too poor to read the documents clearly or if he could not understand the said documents.

He then challenged Carlo Katigbak to read the first ten pages of the documents they submitted. 

“Kapag ka po itong unang sampung pahina ay nabasa niya, mangangako na po ako dito, hindi na po ako sasama sa pagtatanong na ito.” Marcoleta said. 

Sy-Alvarado permitted Marcoleta to approach Katigbak after the hearing but Marcoleta insisted that it needs to be recorded during the session

“Kailangan po naka-record, pag pinakita ko po sa kanya. Sayang naman po kung di ko maipapakita sa kanya,” Marcoleta claimed.

However, Sy-Alvarado said that it will be part of the interpellation

“We will guarantee that, isa ka po sa mga magi-interpellate sa ABS-CBN,” Sy-Alvarado said. 

“Papaano nga po ako makakapag-interpellate, ‘di ko nga po mabasa eh.” Marcoleta replied. 

The committee secretariat was eventually directed to get better copies of documents needed by Marcoleta.

Netizens now question Marcoleta’s credibility after saying that he cannot read the documents of ABS-CBN.

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The said joint hearing of The House Committee on Legislative Franchises and Committee on Good Government and Public Accountability resumed discussing ABS-CBN’s franchise renewal.

Solicitor General Jose Calida is one of the resource persons of the said hearing. 


The joint hearing discussed the questions on Gabby Lopez’s citizenship, ABS-CBN’s issuance of Philippine Depositary Receipts (PDR), 50-year franchise limit violation of the network, and other allegations. 

Written by Neil

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