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Netizens are puzzled as Cong. Tonypet Albano backpedals his stand on ABS-CBN franchise renewal

Cong. Albano was one of the first Congressmen who expressed their support for ABS-CBN. But, he voted ‘Yes’ to deny ABS-CBN’s franchise renewal.

Congressman Antonio “Tonypet” Albano appeared to have changed his mind as he voted against the ABS-CBN franchise renewal.

Albano, Vice-Chair of the House committee on legislative franchises, was one of the first Congressmen who expressed their support for ABS-CBN.

He even went so far as to defend the network.

He stated on May 4 that there is no reason for the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) to shut down the network, recognizing the role of media in this time of the pandemic.

“I see no reason for NTC to close down ABS-CBN. In fact, it is more important now than ever, for media like ABS-CBN who has a far-reaching network, to be open during this pandemic,” the lawmaker said.

However, on July 10, netizens were puzzled as Albano voted ‘Yes’ to the House committee resolution denying ABS-CBN’s franchise renewal in contrast to his previous statement.

Recently, ACT-SIS Representative Eric Yap alleged that an emissary of ABS-CBN tried to bribe him with 200 million to vote in favor of the franchise renewal. He withdrew his statement when he was accused of spreading black propaganda.

Now, did Cong. Albano changed his mind ‘voluntarily’ or ‘somebody’ forced him to stand against the network? If so, who is bribing the Congressmen to stand against ABS-CBN?

Written by Neil

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