DOHA—President Rodrigo Duterte stepped up his attacks against media organizations perceived to be critical of his administration, this time taking on the Lopez family which owns broadcast giant ABS-CBN, accusing them of keeping sacred cows and attacking rival mining firms to protect their own mining interests.
Duterte again picked on ABS-CBN and the Philippine Daily Inquirer, and said a Lopez subsidiary was engaged in mining.
“ABS-CBN has interests in mining. They have a mining subsidiary,” he said in Filipino.
Duterte’s Environment Secretary, Regina Lopez, is part of the clan that owns ABS-CBN. The family has diversified interests in media, telecommunications; power generation and distribution; manufacturing; and property development.