Ilang oras makalipas muling magbanta si Pangulong Rodrigo Duterte na haharangin niya ang anumang panukalang batas para sa franchise renewal ng ABS-CBN, kaagad na naghayag ng kanyang suporta rito si Jimmy Bondoc.
Si Jimmy, na appointee ni Pangulong Duterte, ay kasalukuyang assistant vice president for entertainment ng Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR).
Sa Facebook kagabi, December 3, nagbahagi ng mahabang opinyon si Jimmy bilang pagsang-ayon na hindi karapat-dapat bigyan ng panibagong prangkisa ang broadcast giant.
Saad niya (published as is), “The renewal of ABS's franchise has really been touchy, because though they have perpetrated horrible acts against public interest, there remain some very good individuals inside the network.
“Though we should not confuse good individuals with the network as an entity, syempre mahirap pa rin paghiwalayin.
“HOWEVER, as we all saw during the SEAGames demolition job, EVEN GOOD REPORTERS were manipulated by their bosses to create HORRIBLE slants and OUTRIGHT LIES which almost ruined the games.”
Ayon pa kay Jimmy, nasaksihan niya ang pagmamanipula diumano ng mga namumuno ng ABS-CBN sa kanilang mga tauhan, lalo na nitong bago pa man magsimula ang 2019 Southeast Asian Games.
Binanggit niya ang istorya ng Kapamilya network tungkol sa “kikiam" na inihanda raw ng isang hotel sa Cavite para sa mga atletang Pilipino.
Pinabulaanan ito ng management ng hotel dahil wala raw ito sa kanilang menu.
Chicken sausage daw iyon at hindi kikiam.
Saad ni Jimmy, “I was a first-hand witness, as I was interviewed by many of their reporters.
"Even before interviewing me, it was evident that they had already been ANGERED by their network.
“It is clear that the NETWORK as an ENTITY has its own life, and this entity controls its employees.
“These journalists and reporters sometimes DON'T EVEN KNOW that they are manipulated, because tribe mentality is difficult to combat.
“They think that they are independent thinkers.
"They think that the data the network presents to them are empirical.
“And yet? They were kikiam-ed.
“This is clearly why PDuterte wants this station closed.
“They are ungrateful recipients of a GOVERNMENT grant of a privilege.
“A franchise is a PRIVILEGE.
“Walang RIGHT na tinatapakan ang Pangulo kung hindi nya ipa-extend sa Congress ang prangkisa.
“That is the SOLE PREROGATIVE of the Representatives of the People, who now happen to listen and cooperate with the President of the land.
“Wala tayong magagawa.
“So come March 2020, mukang mawawala talaga ang giant network.”
Paglilinaw ni Jimmy, hindi raw siya nagsasaya sa kalungkutan ng iba.
“And I can honestly say I am NOT in a state of schadenfreude. Not at all.”
Ang "schadenfreude" ay mula sa salitang German na ang ibig sabihin ay "pleasure derived by someone from another person's misfortune."
Ayon pa sa singer-turned-government official, umaasa siyang ang reporters ng ABS-CBN ay magising at gumawa ng aksiyon upang magpalaganap ng mga balitang positibo at hindi puro kasiraan lamang ng gobyerno.
Saad ni Jimmy, “In fact, I was wishing that the REPORTERS THEMSELVES would SAVE the network.
"You know how?
“It is actually in the reporters' hands to come together, and to agree amongst themselves to create better news.
“And by 'better,' I do not mean 'favorable to the administration.'
"I simply mean 'well-researched, balanced reporting.'
“I simply mean: real news.
“But the Kikiam episode (and everything connected to the demolition) shows that the NETWORK is still hellbent on pursuing its own agenda.
“Malalim na kwento yan. May mga CIA, oligarchical influence, and partisan issues connected dyan.
“The simple point is that this network is no longer capable of creating balanced news.
“Not with its current structure, and "beholden-ness" to too many political organizations and individuals.”
Tanong pa ni Jimmy: “So, is it best to DENY the extension?
“Unfortunately, it seems that the only logical answer is YES.
“And sadly, even the network's employees, kung mag-iisip lang sila ng diretso, can blame no one else but the network itself.”
May mga panukalang batas nang nakahain sa Kongreso at Senado na naglalayong mapalawig ang prangkisa ng ABS-CBN, ngunit hindi pa ito natatalakay ng mga mambabatas.
Mananatiling bukas ang PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) sa maaaring ihayag ng ABS-CBN ukol dito.