Duterte to ABS-CBN: Next year, you're out

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The President says he will not "bow down" to the "wealth and power and influence" of the major television network. (FILE PHOTO)

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, December 3) — President Rodrigo Duterte said he is not softening his stance against the franchise renewal of major television network ABS-CBN.

Duterte said Tuesday, ABS-CBN will definitely be "out" next year. Its contract is set to end by March 2020 unless Congress and the President approve its extension.

"Ang inyong franchise mag-end next year [Your franchise will end next year]. If you are expecting na ma-renew 'yan [a renewal], I'm sorry. You're out. I will see to it that you're out," said Duterte during the oath-taking of newly appointed government officials in Malacañang.

Five bills have been filed to extend the franchise for another 25 years.

House Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano said in October a panel from the lower chamber is set to tackle the renewal by yearend.

Duterte has repeatedly slammed the network in previous tirades. Last year, he stood firm against the renewal of the franchise, citing its failure to air his presidential campaign ads in 2016, even though the network was paid to do so. He repeated this claim.

"Ang ABS-CBN, 'yung bunganga ng inyong interes, they protect you...Kayo ngayon, mag-renew kayo ng contract? Ilan kayong mga senador ngayon na nagbayad sa inyo na hindi ninyo pinalabas yung kanila?," Duterte added.

[Translation: ABS-CBN, your interest protects you...Now you want to renew your contract? How many senators have paid you yet you failed to air theirs (ads)?]

He reiterated his allegation saying ABS-CBN showed preference in broadcasting the political ads of former Senator Antonio Trillanes over others.

"Unang nilabas ninyo 'yung kay Trillanes 'yung using the children of a propaganda.... Tinanggap ninyo ang ₱2 million ko, ni wala...Hindi lang ako 'yung na-ganoon, Chiz Escudero, marami. Lahat sa Congress," he said. "And you want us to bow down to your wealth and money and influence? Well, not with this administration. I am for the people and I will kill for the people."

[Translation: You aired Trillanes first who was using children for propaganda...You accepted my P2 million but none of my ads were aired...It was not just me but Chiz Escudero and many others. Everyone in Congress.]