MANILA - Sen. Nancy Binay asserted the importance of “freedom to information and access to information,” saying these are greater than whatever grievances there might be against reporting by media.
In a message sent to reporters Tuesday, a day after the last congressional hearing on the franchise renewal of ABS-CBN, Binay recounted her family’s grievances over “negative stories” carried by ABS-CBN in the past.
“Kung mga hugot at hinanakit lang naman about negative stories ang pag-uusapan tungkol sa network, winner at topnotcher na ang pamilya namin,” said Binay, daughter of former Vice President Jejomar Binay who ran in the 2016 presidential race.
(If you talk about grievances against the network for negative stories, our family is the winner and topnotcher.)
ABS-CBN had reported about corruption allegations against the former vice president as well as his son and namesake, former Makati City Mayor Jejomar Erwin “Junjun” Binay, Jr.
Sen. Binay said amid the unfavorable news reports, “what was true, legit and factual versus the yarn of lies against our family” kept them grounded.
“Despite the treatment we received, I always believe freedom to information and access to information are the bigger pictures in a democratic space,” she said.
“When I got elected into office, tanggap ko naman na bukas kami sa mga panunuri. But whether you’re in media or in politics, what’s important is to transcend beyond personal biases and take to heart your commitment and responsibility to people and country.”
(I have accepted that we are open to scrutinty.)
During Monday’s hearing by the House committees on legislative franchises and good government on ABS-CBN’s franchise application, some lawmakers complained about how they were treated in the network’s news reports or commentaries.
Iloilo 1st District Rep. Janette Garin complained against ABS-CBN’s coverage of the aftermath of the dengue vaccination program, implemented when she was Secretary of Health. SAGIP Party List Rep. Rodante Marcoleta took issue with the network’s report on his authorship of other franchise and related measures. Cavite 8th District Abraham “Bambol” Tolentino also lamented attacks he and his brother, Sen. Francis Tolentino, suffered from ABS-CBN’S radio commentary programs.
Without naming anyone, Binay said, “We have to set aside personal viewpoints because issues that we need to address should never be about us – it should always be for the greater good of every Filipino.”
On Twitter Tuesday morning, Binay, who has in the past expressed her support for ABS-CBN, also posted an illustration card with the text, “MAY LIWANAG SA DILIM.”
(Even in darkness, there is light.)
Captioned, “Been there done that. Sinugatan pero muling bumabangon. Kapit lang kapamilya,” the tweet carried the hashtags, “itsnotaboutus” and “commondenominator”, among others.
House Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano said in May the lower House may decide on ABS-CBN’s franchise application by August. Members of the committee hearing franchises are expected this week to vote on the measure.
Despite earlier assurances it would allow ABS-CBN’s continued operation while its franchise renewal was pending in Congress, the National Telecommunications Commission shut down ABS-CBN’s broadcast operations on TV and radio on May 5, a day after its franchise expired.
Last week, two alias cease and desist orders were also served to halt ABS-CBN’s digital broadcast in Metro Manila, and its sister company Sky Cable’s direct broadcast satellite service nationwide.
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