Quo warranto vs. ABS-CBN
Anakpawis calls for national indignation vs. Duterte’s Marcosian tactic to undermine democracy, press freedom
Manila, Philippines – Former Anakpawis Party-list Representative Ariel “Ka Ayik” Casilao today has called for a national indignation against the quo warranto tactic of Solicitor General Jose Calida to shut down ABS-CBN. He said that this undermines democracy and press freedom, on the framework of political armtwisting critics and non-allies.
“We are urging the broad public to join indignation activities of our regional chapters across the country. The political persecution against ABS-CBN symbolizes the political persecution of all the people,” the former lawmaker said.
He said that their national headquarters are already coordinating with local chapters to organize protest activities against the move and to uphold democracy and press freedom.
Casilao noted that ABS-CBN has been diligently reporting on people’s issues such as affecting the farmers and workers, the catastrophe brought about by the Rice Liberalization Law, continuing human rights abuses, chronic economic crisis, inaction against Chinese aggression, fake war on drugs, and more, that exposes the regime as anti-peasant, anti-worker and anti-Filipino.
“ABS-CBN reaches the broad population in the country, thus, it is synonymous to exposing Duterte’s anti-poor and anti-people governance,” he added.
He stressed that Calida’s quo warranto tactic is a challenge to the Filipino people’s intelligence.
“While it worked to oust Supreme Court Chief Justice Sereno, it should be opposed this time around against ABS-CBN. If we allow this to succeed, all of us Filipinos would appear as mindless ‘dedees’ to the world, who fail to uphold democracy, and tolerant of a tyrant such as Duterte,” he ended. ###