ABS-CBN chairman on possible Marcos win: That's democracy


MANILA - ABS-CBN Corp. Chairman Eugenio Lopez III has spoken on the possibility of Sen. Ferdinand Marcos Jr. winning the vice- presidential election, saying the political future of the late strongman's only son and namesake was up to the electorate.

Lopez responded to a shareholder's surprise question, which broke the serious mood of the network's annual stockholder's meeting on Thursday.

"Wala lang," Lopez said, when asked what he thought of an election victory by Marcos, to laughter from the audience at the network's Dolphy Theater.

"Wala tayong magagawa. This is a democracy. Kung 'yun ang gusto ng tao wala tayong magagawa," he said.

Lopez then adjourned the meeting with a song and dance performance by Coco Martin, star of the network's hit prime time police drama "Ang Probinsyano."

Marcos was statistically tied with administration candidate Leni Robredo in the April 26 to 29 survey by ABS-CBN and Pulse Asia. Robredo surged four points from the last survey and was the choice of 30 percent of 4,000 respondents versus Marcos' 28 percent. The study had 1.5-point plus/minus error margin.

ABS-CBN was shut down when Marcos Sr. declared martial law in 1972 and Lopez's father, Eugenio Lopez Jr., was sent to jail.

It was only after the 1986 People Power uprising that ABS-CBN was returned to the Lopez family.

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