Presidential communications team disowns social media posts against ABS-CBN


Posted at May 09 2020 08:35 PM | Updated as of May 10 2020 02:04 PM


Malacanang’s communications team has disowned social media posts that accused ABS-CBN of franchise violations and blamed the network for the expiration of its broadcast permit.
The posts originating from the Facebook page of the government’s National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTFELCAC) were shared on Saturday by the official accounts of the Presidential Communications Operations Office and the Philippine Information Agency-National Capital Region.

In a statement, Communications Sec. Martin Andanar said the “resharing” of the NTFELCAC posts “was done without the usual vetting process" of the Presidential Communications Operations Office which he heads.

“That being said, the posted content is not in any way an official statement or an opinion of the PCOO. The issue regarding ABS-CBN Corporation's network franchise remains within the purview of Congress," he said.

Presidential spokesman Sec. Harry Roque denied as much.

“We wish to clarify that the above posts did not come from the Office of the Presidential Spokesperson and the NTF Stratcomms which is headed by the OPS. Hence, not the official statement of our Office,” Roque said.

In one post shared by the PCOO and PIA-NCR accounts, the NTFELCAC alleged that illegal charges and broadcast operations were at the heart of cease-and-desist order by the National Telecommunications Commission, accusations that ABS-CBN has denied.

In another post also shared by the two accounts, the NTFELCAC said ABS-CBN was to blame for the lapse of its franchise that led to the government order to stop its broadcast operations.

The posts have since been deleted from the PCOO and PIA-NCR accounts. is the official news website of ABS-CBN Corp.

--With a report from Arianne Merez, ABS-CBN News