Frank Drilon files resolution extending ABS-CBN franchise until 2022

Frank Drilon files resolution extending ABS-CBN franchise until 2022

Minority Floor leader Franklin Drilon is making his push for the renewal of the much delayed franchise of the TV giant – ABS CBN.

The opposition senator filed a resolution no.11 in the Senate which extends the franchise of ABS-CBN up until December 31, 2022.

Congress is scheduled to adjourn on March 14, or two weeks before the expiration of  ABS-CBN’s franchise.
Minority Floor leader Franklin Drilon
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“Since there are only 12 session days left before the next adjournment of  Congress on March 14, 2020, both the Senate and the House of Representatives need additional time to review, assess and determine whether or not ABS-CBN  Broadcasting  Corporation to determine compliance with the terms and conditions of its franchise,” Drilon’s resolution said.

“Now, therefore, be it resolved by the Senate and the  House of Representatives in Congress assembled, to extend the franchise of ABS-CBN Broadcasting Corporation until 31 December  2020,” it added

The resolution noted that if Congress cannot act on the pending bills calling for the renewal of the legislative franchise 11,000 families “will go home jobless and millions of viewers will be affected” after March 30, 2020.

The resolution came after Senator Grace Poe’s call for proof that the network could still continue to operate even after its expiration.

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