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After 13 hearings, House franchise committee denies ABS-CBN’s 25-year franchise renewal bid

This saddening news caught different reactions from Senator Risa Hontiveros and other Kapamilya personalities.

ABS-CBN’s bid to renew their franchise was rejected today by the House of Representatives Committee on Legislative Franchises after a series of hearings.

The vote came after 13 hearings were held by the House of Legislative Franchise and Good Government and Public Accountability Committees to discuss various concerns such as the citizenship of the network chairperson Gabby Lopez, alleged violations of labor laws, supposed tax evasion, and alleged political bias, among others.

Yet there is a glimmer of hope, according to House Deputy Minority Leader and Bayan Muna Rep. Carlos Zarate, ex officio member of the group,

There are options that ABS-CBN and the franchising lawmakers should turn to include the re-filing of a new bill that is going through the same process as the rejected franchise bills.

In this scenario, a person who has voted against the renewal of the franchise — can file a request for reconsideration.

“[One remedy is] when a member file[s] for a motion for reconsideration, but not everybody can file a motion for reconsideration. Only a member who voted with the majority can vote for a motion for reconsideration,” Zarate disclosed on an interview with INQUIRER.net

“The motion for reconsideration will be heard in the same meeting if it’s raised in the same meeting or if it is raised on the same day on writing, it should be calendared by the committee for a hearing”

Although ABS-CBN may still be able to appeal the vote of the committee, it will be difficult to make a reversal.

The critics have tried to pin ABS-CBN on all of their charges, numerous government departments have testified that ABS-CBN has complied with all of the laws and regulations.

Before the vote, rumors and reports circulated that ABS-CBN would lose its vote due to the powerful lobbying by Paolo “Pulong” Duterte and INC.

With a vote of 70 against, 11 for, 2 inhibit, 1 abstain, ABS-CBN did not win the votes of the members of the Legislative Franchise Committee.

This saddening news caught different reactions from Senator Risa Hontiveros and other Kapamilya personalities.



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