Why give only 5-month provisional franchise to ABS-CBN? - Sotto

Why give only 5-month provisional franchise to ABS-CBN? - Sotto

Senate President Vicente “Tito” Sotto is lukewarm to the actions taken by the House of Representatives in their bid to grant the Lopez-owned ABS-CBN Corporation a provisional license to operate for five months.

The Lower house acting as a committee of whole passed on second reading a bill granting a provisional franchise to ABS-CBN valid until the end of October 31, 2020.

“Bakit yung franchise na ina-approve ng House e five months? Ngayon lang ako nakarinig ng five months na franchise. Twenty-five years kung 25 years. Bakit five months?” Sotto said in an interview on TeleRadyo.

Senate President Vicente “Tito” Sotto
(photo credit to owner)

The National Telecommunications Commission (NTC ) issued last May 5 a cease and desist order to ABS-CBN, that paved the way for the media television network to shutdown its television and radio broadcast operations.
The original legislative franchise expired May 4, and the bills seeking for its renewal has been sleeping in the committee level in the House of Representatives.

It was expected that if the bill would be approved the television giant can start its broadcast operations by sometime in June, and while Congress deliberates the big question whether or not they will grant ABS-CBN for another 25 years for its legislative franchise.

The Senate President said hearings on the provisional franchise can start next week.

“Kung hindi maaabala yung committee of the whole namin ng Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, any of those three days, pwede nang pagusapan on second reading. Yun ang nakikita ko…The week of (May) 25th, pwedeng i-second reading or the latest is the third reading on that week. Ganun ang pinakamagandang pwedeng mangyari,” he added.

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