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Act of revenge? Why are Reps. Rodante Marcoleta, Jesus Crispin Remulla, and Mike Defensor so ‘angry’ with ABS-CBN?

Netizens are now more aware of the bigger picture.

Congressmen Jesus Crispin “Boying” Remulla, Michael Defensor, and Rodante Marcoleta have been the most prominent ABS-CBN haters according to the public for their constant efforts in bringing up debunked allegations against the company.

Not only that, people think their bias against the network is evident with politics playing a huge role during the franchise renewal hearings.

Recently, posts on social media have suggested that there are actually personal reasons why the three lawmakers have a “hatred” for the network.

The Remulla clan is arguably the most powerful in Cavite, and back in 2018, ABS-CBN reported that the family just sold their Island Cove Hotel and Leisure Park (ICHLP) in Binakayan, Kawit, Cavite for P7 billion to a wealthy Chinese-Filipino businessman.

Boying and his brothers initially refused to get into the details of the transaction.

“The management’s decision to close the establishment is in line with the purchase conditions agreed upon with the still unnamed new business owners…speculations have been spreading around for months now about the property owners? — the Remulla clan — intent to sell the resort and leisure park as the members are said to be more focused on politics and public service than managing their family business,” as reported by multiple sources.

ICHLP is now a 20-hectare POGO hub.

In Marcoleta’s case, he is a known member of the non-trinitarian church Iglesia ni Cristo which had corruption allegations as reported by ABS-CBN and many other news agencies.

Felix Nathaniel “Angel” Manalo, a son of the late INC executive minister Eraño Manalo, accused his brother Eduardo V. Manalo (EVC), the INC’s Executive Minister, of creating ‘massive corruption’ within the church.

“Binabago nila ang aral eh. Sa panahon po ng pamamahala ng kapatid na Felix Y. Manalo, hanggang sa panahon ng kapatid na Erano Manalo, wala tayong nakikitang anomalya,” Angel told reporters outside his home in 2015.

“Pero sa panahon ngayon, mas napakarami nang anomalya. Mahal po namin ang aming kapatid. Kaya lang ang nagiging problema po natin, iyung nasa paligid niya.”

“Nasira na po ang doktrina ng Iglesia Ni Cristo. Ngayon po, napakarami nang anomaly. Iyon po ang ayaw namin.” Angel claimed.

He also alleged that the INC’s Sanggunian threatened his party.

“Pinagbabantaan po kami. Iyun pong Sanggunian. Sinasabi lumalaban kami sa pamamahala.

“Hindi po kami lumalaban. Mahal po namin ang aming kapatid. Ang amin lang pakiusap, huwag siyang maniniwala sa Sanggunian.” he said.

Angel added that funds were spent more on projects such as the Philippine Arena in Bulacan instead of building INC churches.

“Nauubos na ang abuloy ng Iglesia sa kung ano-anong hindi naman kailangan. Isa na ang Philippine Arena na ipinagtataka ko kung bakit nabuo. Sana lang po hindi nauubos ang pondo sa paggawa ng mga kapilya.”

His mother Cristina “Tenny” Manalo was also expelled from the church.

It appears to many that Marcoleta is willing to make himself look like a fool to millions of Filipinos by bringing up old allegations against ABS-CBN that have been refuted by various government agencies as a way to get back at the network for reporting the rumors of corruption by EVC and the INC.

It could also be that EVC himself ordered Marcoleta to make sure that the network doesn’t get a new franchise.

EVC has made a lot of friends in politics, including President Rodrigo Duterte who appointed him the Special Envoy for Overseas Filipino Concerns in 2018.

Defensor, on the other hand, headed two mining companies that were ordered shut down by the late philanthropist and ex-secretary of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Gina Lopez of the ABS-CBN Lopez family.

Defensor is also one of the INC’s friends in politics as the church endorsed him previously.

Netizens are now more aware of the bigger picture.

Written by JO-EST B. TAN

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