5 senators to file new resolution to extend ABS-CBN franchise

5 senators to file new resolution to extend ABS-CBN franchise

The ABS-CBN franchise renewal saga continues to trend everyday, counting the days until its actual date of termination on March 20.
At least 5 sympathetic senators are finalizing a resolution that is addressed to the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) “to allow” ABS-CBN to operate after its franchise expires in May.

Senators Sonny Angara, Nancy Binay, Sherwin Gatchalian, Joel Villanueva and Juan Miguel Zubiri are expected to file the resolution on March 2, 6 session days before Congress goes on a 2-month break, Villanueva told mediamen.  
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“We will file a resolution to allow NTC to give ABS-CBN a provisional authority to operate pending the discussion of its franchise in the Congress,” Villanueva said.
“[We] will file a resolution supporting the extension of its franchise until December 31, 2022,” he said.
“The lives of 11,071 workers of ABS-CBN, not to mention their families, will be affected if the network will not be allowed to operate,” he said.

The five senators have bonded and is known as “seatmates bloc”,have yet to decide if the measure will be a joint resolution or a concurrent resolution, Villanueva said.
There is a big difference between a joint resolution and a concurrent resolution, the former needs to be approved by both chambers of Congress and will be submitted for the President’s approvaland the latter expresses the sense of the chamber.

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