Presidential aspirant Bongbong Marcos would like to see ABS-CBN resolve its issues before going back on the air.
In a sit-down on Korina Sanchez’s ‘Upuan ng Katotohanan,’ Marcos said its ultimately the Congress’ decision to re-open the Kapamilya network.
“It’s not up to me to reopen ABS-CBN, it’s not up to the president, it’s up to the congress,” he said
He believes that the network was shut down because of certain violations.
“‘Yung sinasabi nilang kaso ng ABS-CBN ay tungkol nga sa mga violation na nakita kaya hindi itinuloy ‘yung prangkisa. So kung maayos lahat ‘yun, ibalik na lang mag-apply na lang sa prangkisa na ituloy ang patakbo ng ABS-CBN.”
Government agencies, including the BIR, have cleared ABS-CBN of any violations, but that wasn’t enough for representatives to keep the network operating.
When asked if he’d interfere with the network’s franchise renewal should he win the presidency, he said: “Oo. Sa aking pananaw, ‘yun naman ang problema e… may nakitang mga violation, ayusin lahat ‘yun tapos ilapit nila ulit sa franchise committee, e di maganda ang magiging posibilidad na ma-grant ‘yung franchise.”
After Marcos’ dictator of a father, declared martial law in 1972, ABS-CBN was shut down. All properties, such as the Broadcast Center, were seized.
The younger Marcos has been accused of being a compulsive liar during this election season. However, he still tops presidential surveys, with Vice President Leni Robredo almost always trailing him.