Enrile warns Cayetano against playing with the 1987 Constitution just to please Lopezes ABS-CBN

Enrile warns Cayetano against playing with the 1987 Constitution just to please Lopezes ABS-CBN

Former Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile has given the House Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano a warning about his desire of railroading the granting of legislative franchise of the Lopez controlled ABS-CBN Corporation.

“What is the urgency? Why can’t they give a permanent franchise right away? They can hold day and night hearings to hear all sides;…if you think there is a national emergency, then ask (President Rodrigo Duterte) to certify bill so you can shorten period of deliberations,” said Enrile during the Senate committee hearing on ABS-CBN’s franchise on Tuesday, May 19.

“Tapos na yung termino nila, ang negosyo nila dapat nang ihinto. My God, all nooks and corners of the Republic is reached by radio. Our people know what’s going on because of radio, more than ABS-CBN, GMA or government stations or all other TV stations. Communication and information is not the issue,” said Enrile who doubts if Congress can grant provisional authority for ABS-CBN to continue operating.
House Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano and former Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile
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Early on Enrile already said he is not a fan of the 5 month provisional franchise bill for ABS-CBN.

He reminds the lawmakers that there is no impediment for them to actually deliberate and grant a standard 25 year franchise as provided by the 1987 Constitution.

“The issue is we must comply with the Constitution and laws and follow rule of law, ‘wag naman parang nilalaro ang Saligang Batas, otherwise we will become a banana republic. There has to be a certain degree of permanence in legislative actions. Congress must enact a law that is complete. What is Congress’ compelling reason not to grant a permanent franchise for 25 years?” said Enrile.

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