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House of Representatives Denies ABS-CBN’s application for a New Franchise

The decision of the House of Representatives Committee on Legislative Franchises denying the franchise application of ABS-CBN Corporation is a sole prerogative of Congress that we in the Executive recognize.

Voting 70-11, lawmakers deny embattled media giant ABS-CBN’s bid for a fresh 25-year franchise.

Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon on ABS-CBN’s failed franchise renewal bid: “I am deeply saddened by this episode in the history of our nation. It is reminiscent of the dark pages in the history of Philippine press in 1972.” Drilon: “After monitoring the exhaustive proceedings in the House of Representatives, I am more convinced that the only fault of ABS-CBN is it stepped on some powerful political toes, hence the sword has been unleashed on it.”

Thank you to the congressmen and congresswomen who stood up for ABS-CBN:

  1. Sol Aragones
  2. Toff De Venecia
  3. Caloi Zarate
  4. Gab Bordado
  5. Vilma Santos
  6. Lianda Bolilia
  7. Ping Tejada
  8. Beny Abante
  9. Stella Quimbo
  10. Mujiv Hataman
  11. Edward Maceda

According to Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque, “The Palace has maintained a neutral stance on the issue as it respects the separation of powers between the two co-equal branches government. Much as we want to work with the aforesaid media network, we have to abide by the resolution of the House committee.”

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