Hilbay says Duterte abuses power vs ABS-CBN

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Former solicitor general Pilo Hilbay called President Duterte’s denial to renew ABS-CBN’s franchise as “blatant abuse of public power.”

In an interview, Mr. Duterte said he will see to it that ABS-CBN’s franchise—which will expire next year—will not be renewed.

But Hilbay didn’t buy the President’s justification.

He said it’s because the President “simply doesn’t like ABS-CBN.”

“By exercise of presidential prerogative he seeks, with an ‘evil eye & uneven hand,’ to destroy a media company. This is blatant abuse of public power,” said Hilbay.

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