Stay out of ABS-CBN issue, solon told

SEVERAL groups supporting the renewal of ABS-CBN congressional franchise have scored lawmakers who are trying to ride on the issue and earn personal political points.

In particular, the groups scored Ang Probinsyano party-list Cong. Alfred delos Santos.

To recall, Delos Santos earned the moniker “Boy Sapak” and the public’s ire after a viral video surfaced July last year during which he was seen hitting a waiter inside the Bigg’s Diner in Legazpi City for no apparent reason.

Delos Santos had just taken his seat in Congress when the incident happened.

In the viral video, the victim, Christian Kent Alejo, 20, was seen preparing the table of the suspect and his companions when he suddenly berated him before throwing a punch at the hapless waiter.

“Sana naman ay huwag ng makialam sa isyu ng ABS-CBN ang mga kontrobersyal na pulitikong tulad ni Delos Santos na may hindi magandang reputasyon dahil  malamang na maging dahilan pa ito para lalong maantala ang pagapruba sa prangkisa,” said Emily Sandoval of People for Empowerment and Truth (PET).

Instead, Sandoval’s group called on the leadership of Ang Probinsyano party-list to make public the result of its investigation relative to the Bigg’s Diner incident.

“Sana naman ay ilabas na sa lalong madaling panahon ng Ang Probinsyano party-list ang resulta ng kanilang imbestigasyon kaugnay ng insidente sa ngalan ng hustisya at pagkakapantay-pantay (sa batas)” she added.

The statement was issued by Sandoval in reaction to delos Santos’s recent reaction about the proposed renewal of ABS-CBN franchise.

“Tungkol po sa renewal ng franchise, hindi pa rin po kami makapagbigay ng sagot dahil nakadepende po iyon sa mga findings ng committee na hahawak po nito.  

“Pero nakakasigurado po ako na ang hearing na mangyayari ay fair, at mabibigyan ng due process ang mga involved dito,” delos Santos said.