Gatchalian slams ‘fake news’ about statement on ABS-CBN

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Sen. Sherwin Gatchalian (File photo by CESAR TOMAMBO /Senate Public Relations and Information Bureau)

MANILA, Philippines — Sen. Sherwin Gatchalian on Saturday tagged as “fake news” a post circulating on social media about him instructing President Rodrigo Duterte to explain the threat to shut down ABS-CBN.

According to certain posts circulating on social media, Gatchalian said that the Chief Executive must be summoned to the Senate.

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Previously, Gatchalian said that Duterte might opt to attend the Senate inquiry that would look into the network’s compliance with the terms and conditions of its own franchise.

READ: Duterte may opt to attend Senate probe on ABS-CBN’s franchise, says senator

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“A fake news, which is prevalent nowadays, is spreading around social media about a statement which I did not say nor have said in my past interviews,” the senator said on Twitter.

“Categorically and objectively speaking, I did not utter, gesture nor insinuate any malicious statement about the President,” he added.

Gatchalian further stressed that the posts were a “direct attack” to him and were the work of people who would want to “discredit” him and sow intrigue.

Duterte has been vocal against granting ABS-CBN’s franchise renewal, accusing the broadcast giant of failing to air his paid campaign advertisements during the 2016 presidential elections.

ABS-CBN’s franchise is set to expire on March 30.

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