Did ABS-CBN ban Piolo Pascual from endorsing Duterte in 2016?

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According to a 2016 PEP report, Filipino mega-celebrity Piolo Pascual may have been banned by ABS-CBN from endorsing his preferred candidate for the 2016 presidential elections. Pascual who is a member of the ABS-CBN-branded Kapamilya clique of performers said that he was an avid supporter of then presidential candidate Rodrigo Duterte but was not allowed to endorse him openly during his campaign.

“Every time I would go to Davao, pinipilit kong maka-meet siya and hindi lang ako pinayagang mag-endorse [openly], pero I’ve always been for Digong.”

Pascual stopped short of categorically stating that it was ABS-CBN or an agent of it that disallowed him from endorsing Duterte openly.

This leaves observers to connect the dots on their own — perhaps no-brainer connections, to be fair.

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