Jul 12, 2020 @ 13:56

Move on mo mukha mo! Lagman accuses ‘pathetic’ Cayetano of ‘damaging nation’ by leading assault on ABS-CBN

Albay Rep. Edcel Lagman is not having any of Speaker Alan Cayetano’srhetoric urging the public to “move forward” after getting his hands bloodied in the killing of ABS-CBN Corp.

“After leading the assault on press freedom by ensuring the partisan rejection of ABS-CBN’s bid for a franchise renewal, Speaker Cayetano cannot escape culpability by merely intoning that the protagonists and the nation must ‘move forward’,” said Lagman in a statement.

Lagman said the public cannot just move on following “a premeditated attack” on the freedom of the press without demanding full accountability.

“Cayetano has divided and damaged the nation and his call for moving forward is a pathetic pretense. While it is true that the legislature has the power to grant or deny a legislative franchise, such prerogative must not be abused by arbitrarily denying the grant or renewal of a franchise when the overriding factual and legal milieuevidently proves the applicant’s valid entitlement,” said Lagman.

Lagman accused Cayetano and his lackeys of railroading the findings and recommendations of the technical working group.

“There is reason to believe that the TWG’s report was prepared beforehand for the TWG members’ assent,” said Lagman just days after the House committee on legislative franchises voted 70-11 to junk ABS-CBN’s application for franchise renewal.

“The TWG’s report recommending the denial of ABS-CBN’s franchise renewal is oozing with unmitigated bias, gross partiality and baseless conjectures as it unabashedly echoed the tirades of principal oppositors to the renewal of the network’s franchise,” said Lagman.

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