Liza Soberano appeals to Pres. Duterte to reconsider stand on ABS-CBN franchise renewal

Liza Soberano appeals to Pres. Duterte to reconsider stand on ABS-CBN franchise renewal

Another celebrity has called on President Rodrigo Roa Duterte to allow the renewal of the legislative franchise of ABS-CBN Channel 2.

Actress Liza Soberano made a public appeal to President Duterte to have a change of heart on his stance on the franchise renewal of her gome network ABS-CBN, she took note of the numerous employees who will be directly affected if its broadcast operations are forced to close by March.

Soberano with his real-life partner Enrique Gil will lead the new upcoming ABS-CBN rom-com series “Make it with You”, which will join the primetime line up staring this January 13.

Liza Soberano
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During the press conference of the series, the two lead cast were asked for their reaction to the upcoming expiration of ABS-CBN’s franchise this coming March, the series is would still like be airing by March 30, 2020.

“He is understanding, I believe,” Soberano said. “Alam niya namang maraming maaapektuhan… It’s not just the company itself, but all the employees. I’m sure he has a generous heart and an understanding heart.”
“I hope he wakes up one morning and he thinks about it again, and maging bukas ‘yung puso niya sa lahat ng smaller employees na nangangailangan ng trabaho,” she said.

The President has said in many of his public speeches that he will not renew the franchise of the TV giant, even at one point suggesting to the owners of ABS-CBN to just sell it.

Under Republic Act No. 3846, requires radio and television broadcast companies to obtain a franchise from Congress. Once approved by both houses, a bill granting franchise renewal goes to the Office of the President for his signature.

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