'Iglesia Ni Cristo shows hand in ABS-CBN shutdown with Marcoleta leading anti-franchise bloc'

'Iglesia Ni Cristo shows hand in ABS-CBN shutdown with Marcoleta leading anti-franchise bloc'

In the ever evolving story regarding the bid of the Lopez controlled ABS-CBN Corporation for a new legislative franchise to resume broadcast operations grounds to a halt when as reported by Politiko website, the Iglesia ni Kristo has joined the fray preventing them to have one.

According to the report influential religious group has confirmed its involvement in blocking the ABS-CBN franchise renewal in the House of Representatives as a respected member leads the group of legislators opposition to the franchise application.

SAGIP party-list Rep. Rodante Marcoleta spoke in behalf of those against ABS-CBN’s franchise renewal bid during the first joint committee hearing held on the matter last Tuesday (May 26).

Sagip party-list Rep. Rodante Marcoleta
(photo credit to owner)

Marcoleta gave reasons as to why Congress should not grant ABS-CBN a new legislative franchise.

Instances of the network of evading taxes, violating labor laws and the constitutional ban on foreign ownership of media entities, as well as biased political coverage, where laid down by Marcoleta as ABS-CBN’s violations.

He also took not that normally franchises given to media companies does not go beyond 50 years as stated in the Constitution, but ABS-CBN has gone beyond that threshold as it has been in operation for 53 years.

“It is but right for the House of Representatives to deny this time the franchise of ABS-CBN,” he said.

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Report from Politiko

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