"If ABS-CBN franchise deemed extended, put it in writing or declare it" - Poe

"If ABS-CBN franchise deemed extended, put it in writing or declare it" - Poe




The network giant ABS-CBN is in big trouble, as of now there is still no renewal of its franchise that is in sight.

The date of the current legislative franchise is good up only to March 20 of this year, and the pronouncement of the House Speaker of the House of Representatives that they are swamped with work that they cannot discuss the network’s bill for the renewal is not really re-assuring.



Senate President Vicente “Tito” Sotto has a statement that the ABS-CBN may still be on air to operate until March 2022 as long as there is a pending bill extending or renewing its franchise.

Senator Grace Poe
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But if you asking senator Grace Poe, she would rather see all the pronouncement about ABS-CBN’s continued operation on paper or that it be declared verbally.

“Kahit sabihin pa nila na pwede naman ‘yan i-extend hanggang 2022, maganda siguro kung in writing o kaya at least verbally sabihin ng Kongreso, ‘We commit to give ABS-CBN through the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) a temporary permit to operate’ kasi hindi naman ‘yan nakasulat sa batas,” Poe said in a statement.

(Even if we say that it can be extended until 2022, it would be better if it was put in writing or at least Congress says it verbally “We declare to give ABS-CBN through the National Telecommunications Commission a temporary permit to operate” because that is not written in the law.)



“Yan ay kortesiya lamang na ibinibigay ng Kongreso at NTC (That is a courtesy only given by Congress and the NTC),” she added.


Grace Poe is the chair of the Senate public works committee, she earlier filed a resolution that would like to look into “the operations of ABS-CBN Corporation to determine compliance with the terms and conditions of its franchise under Republic Act No. 7966.”







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