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Posted at May 18 2020 07:13 PM | Updated as of May 18 2020 07:59 PM

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STATEMENT ON ACCUSATIONS VS. ABS-CBN
May 18, 2020

ABS-CBN is stunned by the accusations raised while Congress was deliberating on House Bill 6732 – a proposal to grant a provisional franchise to ABS-CBN. The accusations have been asked and answered under oath by various government agencies as well as by ABS-CBN executives at the Senate hearing last February 24.
 
In that hearing, the SEC, NTC and BIR have all testified that ABS-CBN had no violations as it relates to their specific agency. DOLE Sec. Silvestre Bello also said in an interview that ABS-CBN is fully compliant to labor standards. While ABS-CBN acknowledged that there remain pending cases including those in court, ABS-CBN will abide by the decisions of the relevant authorities as decisions on these cases are made. Accusations as to the citizenship of Mr. Gabby Lopez were also answered under oath at the Senate. Finally, ABS-CBN has acknowledged the efforts of Congress in resolving their franchise application by issuing a statement of gratitude to Congress which was issued on May 13, 2020 – the same day that the bill was introduced in Congress.
 
The accusations were made without any evidence submitted and authenticated, and without the ability for ABS-CBN to reply. We assure our public and our employees that ABS-CBN will reply to these accusations in the proper forum.
 
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PAHAYAG SA MGA AKUSASYON LABAN SA ABS-CBN
 
Ikinagulat ng ABS-CBN ang mga akusasyong ibinato laban sa network sa ginanap na deliberasyon sa Kongreso para sa House Bill (HB) 6732, ang panukalang batas na nagbibigay ng provisional franchise sa ABS-CBN. Ang mga alegasyong ito ay naitanong at nasagot na ng iba’t ibang ahensiya ng gobyerno at ng mga opisyal ng ABS-CBN nang sila ay humarap sa Senate hearing at sumumpang magsabi ng totoo noong Pebrero 24.
 
Sa nasabing pagdinig, sinabi ng SEC, NTC, at BIR na walang nilabag ang ABS-CBN sa mga batas na may kinalaman sa kani-kanilang ahensiya. Nagpahayag din sa isang panayam si DOLE Sec. Silvestre Bello na sumusunod sa labor standards ang network. Hindi naman itinatanggi ng ABS-CBN na may mga kasong dinidinig pa sa hukuman laban sa network, pero sinisiguro nitong susundin nito ang anumang magiging desisyon ng awtoridad sa mga kasong ito. Nasagot na rin sa Senado ang tanong sa pagiging Pilipino ni Ginoong Gabby Lopez. At panghuli, hindi rin totoong hindi kinilala ng ABS-CBN ang ginawang aksiyon ng Kongreso kaugnay sa prangkisa nito. Agad na naglabas ng pahayag ng pasasalamat ang ABS-CBN noong ika-13 ng Mayo, o ang mismong araw na inihain ang panukalang batas sa Kongreso.
 
Ang mga nasabing akusasyon ay ginawa na wala man lang sinumiteng ebidensiya upang patunayan ang bawat isa rito, at kung kailan walang pagkakataon ang ABS-CBN na sagutin ang mga ito. Aming ipinaaabot sa publiko at mga empleyado na handa ang ABS-CBN sagutin ang mga alegasyong ito sa tamang lugar.