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Niluto boto? Garbin calls quote shared by ABS-CBN fan site fake news

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Ako Bicol party-list Rep. Alfredo Garbin has denied saying the voting for ABS-CBN’s franchise application in the House of Representatives was “cooked (niluto).”

In a Facebook post Sunday (July 12), Garbin dismissed as fake news a quote attributed to him by the ABS-CBN fan site Kapamilya Online World. It read: “I did not participate. It’s not abstain. From the very start of the hearing I keep on defending ABS dahil alam ko wala silang violaation and compliant sila sa lahat ng pinapatupad na batas. Pero hindi ko kaya mag-participate sa isang botohan na luto na.”

Garbin said the quote did not come from him. “This is not my statement. Ano man ang resulta ng botohana sa Kongreso patungkol sa ABS CBN franchise ay naaayon sa personal na desisyon ng bawat mambabatas,” he said.

Voting 70-11, the House legislative franchises committee adopted a resolution denying ABS-CBN’s franchise application.

Garbin was one of the three lawmakers who did not take part in the voting. The other two were: Antique Rep. Loren Legarda and Quezon City Rep. Alfred Vargas, who both had professional ties to ABS-CBN.