Congress 70-11 vote denying ABS-CBN franchise worse than Martial law takeover - Randy David

Congress 70-11 vote denying ABS-CBN franchise worse than Martial law takeover - Randy David

Philippine Daily Inquirer Randy David has never seen this before.
Officials of the Lopez-controlled ABS-CBN Corporation went through the process as mandated by law for the renewal of their fresh 25 year legislative franchise only to be denied in the end.

Members of the House Committee on Legislative Franchises voted 70-11 denying the Kapamilya network of a new franchise needed to resume their broadcast operations.
Randy David and President Rodrigo Duterte
(photo credit to owner)

This has been viewed as a continuation and worsening at the same time of press freedom under the President Rodrgo Roa Duterte administration.
This event David calls as something worse when the Lopez family saw their beloved company taken over during the Marcos years.
"Mas masahol pa doon (martial law seizure) ang nangyari. Sapagkat alam mo na noong 1972, the military just took over the [TV/radio] station," David said in an interview with ABS-CBN's TeleRadyo.

"Pero eto, idinaan pa sa batas kuno. Ginamit pa ang mga proseso ng batas upang bigyan nila ng justification ang isang conclusion na matagal na nilang ginawa."

The 70-11 margin was unbelievable

House Committee on Legislative Franchises permanently shut down the Kapamilya network when the result of the vote was announced an overwhelming majority 70 votes as against 11 who favors the granting of a new franchise. David said the result was “unbelievable.”

"Ano ibig sabihin nu'n? May taga-kumpas at sumusunod ang karamihan dito? At sino sinusunod nila dito? Sino pa kung hindi 'yung nagmamaang-maangan na kunwari walang kagagawan? Na sa simula't simula na sinabi na, 'Hangga't ako ang Pangulo, hindi kayo mabibigyan ng renewal ng franchise'," David said.

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