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“Duterte softens stand against ABS-CBN’s franchise renewal”

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President Rodrigo Duterte has decided to move on from his rantings against the broadcast network  giant ABS-CBN.

In a dinner he hosted on Tuesday in Malacañang for the Kapisanan ng mga Brodkaster ng Pilipinas and ABS-CBN is  one of its members, Duterte opted to let bygones be bygones.

Duterte admitted he was hurt by the airing of the controversial political ad against him paid for and by Senator Antonio Trillanes IV, a defeated vice presidential bet, in the run up to the May 2016 elections during his speech.

He said, ”That was really hurting. Kaya minsan I blurt it out but I have learned to live with it actually. Kung minsan mag-init lang ang ulo ko. But let’s just understand each other, and let it pass. I said because let no man with no sin cast the first stone.”

ABS-CBN has become Duterte’s favorite target of his rants by accusing the network of accepting funds from him without airing his political advertisements.

He had also threatened to block the renewal of ABS-CBN’s franchise, which is set to expire in 2020.

Read: Duterte prefers not to renew ABS-CBN franchise

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