Not so fast!! Drilon says Duterte may still veto ABS-CBN's temporary opening

Not so fast!! Drilon says Duterte may still veto ABS-CBN's temporary opening

Senate Minority Floor leader and the most senior senator from the opposition Franklin Drilon told them as it is, don’t rejoice yet because the President of the republic is vested by the 1987 Constitution with a veto power with respect to bills from Congress in the stage of approval of the Chief Executive.

Drilon is referring to the provisional franchise that has passed the 2nd reading in the House of Representatives, which would temporarily allow the Lopez controlled corporation ABS-CBN to resume broadcast operations up until October 31, 2020.

“The lawyer that he (Roque) is, he qualified that the President will sign if there is no constitutional infirmities that they find. Just to flag it, do not hope that it will be signed the first night it goes to him, they will go through what they assert to be constitutional infirmities. That commitment of Secretary Roque is qualified,” said Drilon in an interview with ANC.

Senate Minority Floor leader Franklin Drilon
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The opposition senator says that there was a statement of Presidential Spokesperson Atty. Harry Roque which he said President Rodrigo Roa Duterte could still veto the provisional franchise bill if it would be violative of any provision in the Constitution.

Drilon also notes that the Solicitor General has a pending quo warrranto case in the Supreme Court seeking to revoke ABS-CBN’s franchise on constitutional violations, such as the breach on foreign ownership in media.
“I am not saying they will do that (veto bill), I’m just saying this was mentioned in a qualification in the commitment of Palace to renew the franchise,” he said.

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