The Office of the Presidential Spokesperson (OPS) and the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) distanced themselves from the remarks made by the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC) on Facebook about the legal situation of ABS-CBN’s broadcast license.
NTF-ELCAC posted on their official Facebook page claiming that the disapproval of ABS-CBN’s franchise renewal was due to legal issues and violations.
The Facebook pages of the PCOO and Radio Television Malacañang (RTVM) shared NTF-ELCAC’s post.
However, OPS stated on Saturday clarifying the post in question didn’t come from its office.
“We wish to clarify that the above posts did not come from the Office of the Presidential Spokesperson and the NTF Stratcomms which is headed by the OPS. Hence, not the official statement of our office. Thank you,” the OPS said in a statement.
Communications Secretary Martin Andanar also denied allowing to share such posts made by the NTF-ELCAC.
“We would like to state that the resharing by the PCOO Facebook Page of a posted content by the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict Facebook Page regarding the legal situation of ABS-CBN Corporation’s broadcast license was done without the usual vetting process of our office,” said Andanar.
“That being said, the posted content is not in any way an official statement or an opinion of the PCOO. The issue regarding ABS-CBN Corporation’s network franchise remains within the purview of Congress,” he added.
On May 5, ABS-CBN ceased its operations in compliance with the cease-and-desist order done by the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) against ABS-CBN due to the expiration of the franchise on May 4.