Former ABS-CBN News Channel (ANC) anchor and Iraq war correspondent Waldy Carbonell revealed in a video that he was offered by a Chinese company to become the editor-in-chief of a TV station, which would reportedly replace ABS-CBN.
ABS-CBN’s application for a new franchise has been killed by lawmakers, leaving 11,000 employees in danger of losing their jobs. Not only that, many Filipinos have also lost their only source of information.
Carbonell said that a company called Dragon Broadcasting Network will be taking ABS-CBN’s place.
Posted by Waldy Carbonell on Sunday, July 12, 2020
Rumors circulating suggest that the shutdown was premeditated and the hearings were useless.
“Ako po ay kinukuha bilang editor-in-chief ng news department. Mataas pong posisyon yan at aaminin ko, I feel flattered,” he said.
Carbonell added that the Chinese owned company will be operating as long as the Palace allows it. He also has a list of the 70 lawmakers who voted YES to deny ABS-CBN a new franchise so they won’t be able to enter certain states.
He has confirmed his claims on his program Kawal ng Demokrasya.
“Nais ko pong banggitin ulit na ako po ay kinukuha ng bagong TV station, TV network. Abay nilapitan po ako at nagkita po kame sa Villamor Golf and country club,” he reiterated.
He said that denying ABS-CBN a franchise was planned 2 months prior with the government having zero intentions of granting a new one because a new TV network will be replacing the media giant.
“Nilapitan po ako ng isang dating public relations officer ng Philippine Airlines na ngayon ay sya po’y public relations man nang bagong tatag na network ng mga intsik, na papalit di umano sa ABS-CBN. Eto po’y mga 2 months na nangyayari, ang sinabi sa akin done deal na yang ABS-CBN hindi na irerenew ang prangkisa nyan, yan ay mawawala na at kame ang kapalit.”
“Kako’y sinong grupo yan? Eto’y grupo ng mga taga Hong Kong at ang kanilang pakay ay magtayo ng TV station dito sa Pilipinas. Eh kako hindi pede ang mga dayuhan na mag may-ari ng media. abay sabi, alam mo naman Pilipinas ito pede lahat, lalo’t higit pag ito ay intsik.”
Interestingly, the House of Representatives passed a law allowing foreign ownership of public utilities back in March.
House Bill No. 78, which seeks to amend the Commonwealth Act No. 146 also known as the Public Service Act was passed by a vote of 136 Yes votes with 46 no and 1 abstain.
But the law was questioned under the 1987 Constitution, ownership, operation, control, and management of public utilities should be given to Filipino citizens or to firms that are at least 60 percent owned by Filipinos.
Carbonell was also offered a 7-digit salary with the only qualification being an ally of the current administration.
“Nangangailangan kame ng editor in chief sa aming news dept. at nakapalaki ng sweldo sasama ka ba?
“Ang sabi ko wala naman kayong prangkisa, sapagkat nandyan pa naman ang ABS-CBN. Ang sabi sa akin, mayron na tayong prangkisa na dati nang standby franchise na walang gumagalaw at eto ay inaward na sa amin ng Malacanang.
“Sabi ko mukhang hindi ko magagawa na sasapi ako sa isang network na papalit sa ABS-CBN.
“Eh ano ang kailangang kwalipikasyon? mga kaibigan makinig po kayo mabuti, ang kwalipikasyon, ang sweldo muna, ang sweldo po ay seven digits…at isa lamang ang iyong magiging kwalipikasyon na kinakailangan sagutin, handa ka ba na kumampi sa malacanang?” Carbonell narrated.
However, at that point, Carbonell turned emotional while saying, “Sabi ko po hindi, sapagkat hindi binebenta ang program.”
A netizen by the name of Ema Mendiola Trinidad attested Carbonell’s remarks down in the comment section.
“This is very true. I was also being recruited,” she commented.
“The name of company is Tony TV. They were recruiting even before the pandemic. They were very sure ABS would be let go. Like its a done deal,” she added.
Foreign-owned companies can now proceed to airing their shows in the Philippines thanks to Congress. Ironically, ABS-CBN chairman emeritus Gabby Lopez was constantly questioned about his citizenship, with lawmakers citing the argument that foreign ownership of ABS-CBN should be enough to deny it a congressional franchise.