ABS-CBN Franchise Renewal Frozen by the House of Representatives

One of the country's largest news media organization and broadcasting giant ABS-CBN Corporation failed to renew its franchise which will expire in nine months or on March 20, 2020. The House of Representatives has frozen the bill, which seeks to renew their legislative franchise.

Without the franchise renewal of ABS-CBN Corp, the radio-television network may have to close shop after the expiration of their franchise in 2020.

Based upon the record of the Committee on Legislative Franchises, where House Bill 3449 had been pending since November 2016 and they did not submit a report on it before the outgoing 17th Congress adjourned its third and last regular session.

The non-submission of report means that the renewal measures for ABS-CBN would have to be re-filed in the 18th Congress, which convenes on July 22, 2019.

A key member of the legislative franchises committee said no action on any bill seeking to renew the ABS-CBN franchise would be taken as long as President Duterte has complaints against the network.

Pres. Duterte has repeatedly criticized ABS-CBN for allegedly refusing to run his advertisement during the 2016 election campaign and showing instead an ad critical of him which his staunch critic, Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV, paid for.

The President also made a pronouncement in November last year, that he would object to the station's franchise renewal.

House Bill 4349 was filed by Nueva Ecija Rep. Micaela Violago on Nov. 10, 2016. The House was urged by Rep. Violago to approve the measures to renew the franchise of ABS-CBN. Unlike ABS-CBN, the legislative franchises of its rivals have already been renewed.

Source: PNA

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