Watch: Senator Risa Hontiveros and Rep. Rodante Marcoleta Clash on ABS-CBN Issue

Senator Risa Hontiveros and Rep. Rodante Marcoleta clash during the Commission on Appointments panel debates when the ABS-CBN issue was raised.

A heated exchange between Marcoleta and Hontiveros, as Marcoleta, defends ex-NTC chief and now-COA chief Cordoba over the ABS-CBN issue.

Marcoleta: It’s not about press freedom, it’s about the franchise.

Hontiveros: This is not moot and academic. This is a continuing injustice.

Sen. Risa Hontiveros grills COA chief Gamaliel Cordoba, who is currently facing the Commission on Appointments. Hontiveros asks why Cordoba reneged on his promise in 2020 as then-NTC chief to allow ABS-CBN to continue ops after franchise expiration.

The ABS-CBN issue was raised as the CA panel tackles the appointment of COA chairman Gamaliel Cordoba, who served as National Telecommunications Commission commissioner. To recall, the NTC ordered the network to stop its TV and radio operations in 2020.

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