The Facebook (FB) page of Mindanao Daily Newsa newspaper based in Cagayan de Oro City, claimed that presumptive president Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. “thumb[ed] up” the franchise renewal of media company ABS-CBN.

This claim needs context. Marcos said he does not see why ABS-CBN should not get its franchise back once it has resolved its alleged violations.


FB page Mindanao Daily News, the online version of a community newspaper, claimed in its post:

“JUST IN! President Bongbong Marcos thumbs up for franchise renewal of ABS-CBN! Must fix issues.”

Source: Mindanao Daily News official Facebook page, JUST IN! President Bongbong Marcos thumbs up for franchise renewal (archived), May 10, 2022

FB page Unofficial: Vice Ganda created a similar post hours later.

Both the Mindanao Daily News and the Unofficial: Vice Ganda pages carried quotes from an ABS-CBN News article, which read in part:

“‘ABS-CBN has been a very fervid critic of me, my family, all lahat sa mga panig ng mga Marcos (everyone in favor of the Marcoses),’ he said.

So pero hindi yan ang pinag-uusapan.. Ang pinag-uusapan ay yun ngang mga violation na nakita. Kapag naayos yan, bakit naman hindi maibalik ang prangkisa?’”

(So that’s not what we are talking about. What we’re talking about are the violations that were raised. If those are fixed, why shouldn’t the franchise be given back?)

Source: ABS-CBN News, Bongbong says ABS-CBN franchise still up to Congress, must ‘fix issues’, Jan. 26, 2022

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