ABS-CBN to broadcast again, Provisional franchise bill passed 2nd reading

ABS-CBN to broadcast again, Provisional franchise bill passed 2nd reading

Wow!!! And just like the Lopez controlled ABS-CBN Corporation is nearer in getting itself broadcasting its operations again.

The House of Representatives approved on second reading a proposed bill which grants the television giant a provisional franchise.

It was House Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano who sponsored the proposed bill which will allow the ABS-CBN to be on air up until October 31, 2020 while Congress deliberates on whether or not it will be granted another 25 year franchise.

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The bill still needs to be passed on the third reading and final reading before it will be sent to the Senate. After which if both chambers of Congress agree on the said bill, it will be sent to President Rodrigo Roa Duterte for his signature for it to be operative.

Speaker Cayetano said it was still "not the time" to tackle issues surrounding ABS-CBN's operations, but stressed that the House has to "do what is right." It was "wrong for the government" to stop the network's TV and radio broadcasts amid the coronavirus pandemic, Cayetano said.

Cayetano called on the Lopez controlled network along with supporters to stop calling for an automatic franchise renewal and let the lawmakers in Congress do their respective jobs.

"We will provide ABS-CBN with a provisional franchise valid for October 31, 2020 within which time both the House of Representatives and the Senate will hear the issues being raised for and against the renewal, and assess, with complete impartiality and fairness, whether or not the network shall be granted a franchise," Cayetano said.

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