“A waste of time” said Panelo: Senate inquiry into whether or not the franchise of ABS-CBN Corp violated separation of powers among branches of government.

“A waste of time” said Panelo: Senate inquiry into whether or not the franchise of ABS-CBN Corp violated separation of powers among branches of government.




The Senate conducted a Senate hearing regarding the alleged violations done by ABS-CBN regarding its legislative franchise.

The Senate hearing was chaired by senator Grace Poe, despite previous statements made by House Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano do so would be a violation of the Philippine Constitution since the issues regarding the issuance and or termination should be initiated in the House of Representatives.

Presidential Spokesperson and concurrent Presidential Legal Counsel Atty. Salvador Panelo, described as “a waste of time” the Senate inquiry into whether or not the franchise of ABS-CBN Corp violated separation of powers among branches of government.
Senator Grace Poe and House Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano
(photo credit to owner)

“They wasted two hours debating on something that they should have known already,” Panelo said.
Panelo, however explains that the Senate was not in violation  of any laws in holding an inquiry since it is a separate branch of government.
He emphasized that lawmakers should have resolved this debate much earlier.

Meanwhile, he assured anew that the Palace will “not interfere” with the franchise renewal of the media giant in deliberations in Congress.
ABS-CBN Chief Executive Officer Carlo Katigbak explained that the network failed to accommodate his ads since slots for local ads were limited to just two minutes per hour.
Katigbak said ABS-CBN refunded about PHP4 million to President Duterte, but encountered a delay in returning the remaining PHP2.6 million.
Katigbak said the President's camp refused to accept the delayed refund.

"On this issue, we acknowledge our shortcoming in our failure to release the refund in a timely manner," Katigbak said.

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