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Pres. Rodrigo Duterte grants GBPI 25-year franchise amidst Congress debate on ABS-CBN franchise renewal

It has been almost two months since ABS-CBN has been off the air after receiving the cease and desist order from the National Telecommunication Commission on May 5.

In the midst of the heated debate of Congress on ABS-CBN’s franchise renewal, President Rodrigo Duterte granted Golden Broadcast Professional Inc. its 25-year franchise.

Based on the post of Official Gazette on June 29, Duterte signed RA No.11477 on June 25 that grants the GDPI its 25-year franchise.

The franchise renewal of media companies has been a big issue since ABS-CBN’s franchise renewal is still languishing in Congress.

At a recent House hearing on ABS-CBN franchise, Buhay Rep. Lito Atienza said that House inquiry on the giant network is a “fishing expedition”. He also accused some of his colleagues of refusing to listen to “duly authorized” government agencies.

It has been almost two months since ABS-CBN has been off the air after receiving the cease and desist order from the National Telecommunication Commission on May 5.

Several ABS-CBN employees are in danger of losing their jobs in the midst of COVID-19 pandemic due to the network shutdown.



Golden Broadcast Professional Inc. is based in Zamboanga City and is affiliated with Quest Broadcasting Inc. and TV5 Network, Inc.

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