Kabataan Partylist Representative’s statement on the ABS-CBN franchise renewal

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“The fight for ABS-CBN franchise renewal is a fight against attempts to silence free press and restrict our right to know. It is a fight to frustrate attacks on free speech and expression. It is a fight against tyranny and abuse of power. Hindi lang ito laban ng ABS-CBN, ito ay laban ng lahat.

Amid a pandemic, we cannot let our rights be in peril. Human rights, from health, food, to information and dissent, are fundamental to the success of our response to the public health emergency. Access to timely, accurate, and truthful information can save lives. Sa gitna ng krisis sa kalusugang pampubliko kung kailan higit na kailangan ang balita at impormasyon at maraming negosyo ang napipilitang magsara at milyon-milyon na ang nawalan ng trabaho at kabuhayan, walang puso at walang katwiran ang pagpapasara pa sa isang broadcast media na may 11,071 manggagawa at milyon-milyong manonood.

Now is the time for solidarity as we stand up for human rights and democracy. We must protect the critical role of media to report the truth and hold the government to account, especially at present when the new anti-terror law further threatens free press and critical voices of the people.”

-Rep. Sarah Elago


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