Robin Padilla says ABS-CBN apology to Pres. Duterte was highlight of senate hearing on network franchise


For Robin Padilla, ABS-CBN’s apology to President Duterte was the best part during the senate hearing on the media giant’s legislative franchise issues last Monday.

The actor, along with Phillip Salvador, attended the hearing on the franchise renewal of ABS-CBN amid a quo warranto petition filed by the Solicitor General asking the Supreme Court to revoke its existing franchise. The two actors are known supporters of the Duterte administration. 

ABS-CBN chairman Mark Lopez, CEO Carlo Lopez Katigbak, COO of Broadcast Socorro “Cory” Vidanes, general counsel Atty. Mario L. Bautista and other executives appeared before the Senate Committee on Public Services. 

In a TV Patrol report, Robin Padilla shared that for him, the apology that came from the network was the highlight from the concluded hearing. 

“Nako, ‘yun ‘yung pinakamagandang narinig ko. ‘Yun ‘yung hallelujah sa tenga ko, eh,” he said. 

For Phillip Salvador’s part, he said: “At least nadinig nating lahat. So, ang puso ng presidente, malawak at ang kanyang pag-iisip.” 

Katigbak earlier apologized to President Duterte if they have offended him after airing a controversial political ad funded by the president’s critic, then Sen. Antonio Trillanes III, in the 2016 national elections. He also denied that the network has its own political agenda. 

“We’re sorry if we offended the president, it was not the intention of the network,” he told the Senate panel.

Katigbak also admitted to their shortcomings and vowed to correct them.

Both Robin and Phillip also denied that they are against the franchise renewal of the Kapamilya network. 

President Duterte on Wednesday night accepted ABS-CBN’s apology: ” “Yes. Ay nandyan yan. I accept the apology, of course!”

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