1 million signatures campaign by NUJP aimed to save ABS-CBN franchise

1 million signatures campaign by NUJP aimed to save ABS-CBN franchise

The clock is clicking and this could be the last ditch effort to save ABS-CBN from its legislative franchise not being renewed.
Because of the impending expiration of their legislative franchise this coming March a  group of journalist is trying to do  a signature campaign to help their colleagues in ABS-CBN.

National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP) launched an on-ground and online signature campaign petitioning that Congress renew the legislative franchise of media giant Lopez owned ABS-CBN.
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NUJP held a petition signing at the #NoToABSCBNShutdown protest held at the Boy Scout Circle in Quezon City.
After the NUJP collectively gathers a million signatures from the on-ground signing, as well as the change.org petition, they will submit these to Congress for review.

Panelo is hopeful they can meet the number even if there is less than 2 months before the expiration of the franchise.

“We call on Congress to do what is right and immediately pass the bill to renew ABS-CBN's franchise,” reads the petition made available online.
“While we are dismayed at Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano's brazen conflict of interest when he admitted having a personal beef with the network whose franchise the chamber he heads is supposed to deliberate on, we continue to hope that you, the elected representatives of the people, can rise above your leader's petty vindictiveness and strike a blow in defense of freedom of the press and of expression.”
(screen grabbed from its FB account)

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte have been quoted that he will not renew the franchise of the tv giant.

“Ang inyong franchise mag-end (your franchise will end) next year. If you are expecting na ma-renew 'yan (its renewal), I'm sorry. You're out. I will see to it that you're out,” the President said.

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