Palace sees no reason for Duterte to veto ABS-CBN franchise bill

IF CONGRESS OKAYS RENEWAL

MANILA – President Rodrigo Duterte has no reason to veto the bill granting a new 25-year franchise to local media giant ABS-CBN Corp. once it reaches his table, Malacañang said on Wednesday.Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque guaranteed that Duterte would not reject ABS-CBN’s... Read More

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DUTERTE  wants solons to ‘vote as they wish’ on ABS-CBN franchise

MANILA – President Rodrigo R. Duterte has assured his allies in Congress that he would not hold a grudge against those who would vote in favor of the franchise renewal of embattled broadcast firm ABS-CBN, Malacañang said on Wednesday.The assurance came after the National… Read More

Solon seeks provisional franchise for ABS-CBN up to 2022

MANILA – Cagayan de Oro City Rep. Rufus Rodriguez on Wednesday filed a joint resolution seeking to grant shuttered media giant ABS-CBN a provisional franchise good up to the life of the present Congress on June 30, 2022.In filing House Joint Resolution No. 30, Rodriguez said both the House of… Read More

ABS-CBN franchise up to Congress: SolGen

MANILA – Solicitor General Jose Calida on Wednesday said the grant of a legislative franchise for broadcast network ABS-CBN is solely up to Congress.“Without a valid and subsisting franchise from Congress, the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) cannot allow any broadcasting… Read More

DOLE says NTC order won’t immediately impact ABS-CBN workers

MANILA – The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) on Wednesday said the order for ABS-CBN to stop its broadcast operations will not immediately affect its employees.“The issuance of the cease and desist order does not have an immediate impact on the employment of its… Read More

House leader calls for NTC abolition

MANILA – House Minority Leader Bienvenido Abante Jr. on Wednesday called on Congress to abolish the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) and transfer its powers to the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT).Abante made the call following the NTC’s issuance of a… Read More

Senators weigh in on NTC’s order vs. ABS-CBN

MANILA – Several senators on Tuesday expressed varying opinions after the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) ordered ABS-CBN Corp. to stop its television and radio broadcast operations due to the expiration of its congressional franchise on May 4.Senator Christopher Lawrence “Bong”… Read More

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