By William Casis l FILAM STAR CORRESPONDENT
OPPOSITION SENATORS on July 9 asked the Senate to investigate the airing of Chinese government’s telecast in the state-run People’s Television Network (PTV-4) which they claimed as a “clear and present danger of Chinese domination” in the Philippines.
They sought an immediate probe into the propriety of the Duterte administration’s plan to air the Tagalog-dubbed Chinese TV shows and movies on the government media starting August.
The senators, who belonged to the minority bloc, urged the appropriate committees in the Senate to look into the government’s plan of airing Chinese TV shows which they believe may be “an insidious agenda” to advance the propaganda of the Chinese Communist Party.
The Minority Bloc is composed of Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon, Senators Leila de Lima, Paolo Benigno Aquino IV, Risa Hontiveros, Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan, and Antonio “Sonny” Trillanes IV.
In filing Senate Resolution No. 780, the opposition senators noted that airing Chinese shows on state-run (media) poses a danger of spreading Chinese propaganda sanctioned by the Duterte administration through official government media.
Last June 13, Chinese Ambassador to the Philippines Zhao Jinhua reportedly announced that Chinese TV series, documentaries, cartoons and movies, dubbed in Tagalog, will start airing on PTV-4.
Zhao said these Chinese shows may inspire Filipino viewers to learn how China attained “steady economic growth, improved their people’s lives and secured regional peace and security.”
However, the minority senators pointed out that the airing of these Chinese shows may subtly inculcate among the Filipinos the authoritarian, one-party state, anti-democratic, and atheist ideology and principles of the Chinese Communist Party.
They said the government’s plan may ultimately destroy the Filipino’s democratic, pro-people, and religious culture and identity due to the continued tolerance and leniency of the government to Chinese intervention in the public’s political and economic lives.
“It is incumbent upon the government to shield the broadcast industry from any form of intrusive and invasive foreign agenda of domination, control, and brainwashing of the Filipino people, be it subtle or explicit,” they said.
Minority senators asserted that the State should guarantee at all times a proper balance of information and news disseminating in the country, especially when using the government-owned media network.
As such, they added, the PTV-4 is mandated to give due priority to television programs that foster patriotism and nationalism in every Filipino citizen, and not to “pollute” it with propaganda of a foreign government like communist China.