Who were the 11 congressmen who voted to grant a new franchise for ABS-CBN

Who were the 11 congressmen who voted to grant a new franchise for ABS-CBN




The 11 lawmakers that voted YES in granting a new 25 year legislative franchise for the Lopez-controlled ABS-CBN Corporation are now being hailed somewhat as heroes because of they recorded their vote for the Kapamilya network.
The shutting down of the country’s largest media network is being labeled as a cracking down on press freedom.



The 11 lawmakers is part of the 85 panel members and ex-officio members present.


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Seventy congressmen voted in favor of granting the franchise, 2 inhibited and one abstained. 
Here's a list of the 11 lawmakers who voted for ABS-CBN to return on air. 
·        Bienvenido Abante Jr, Manila 6th District
·        Carlos Isagani Zarate, Bayan Muna party-list 
·        Christopher De Venecia, Pangasinan 4th District 
·        Edward Vera Perez Maceda, Manila 4th District 
·        Gabriel Bordado Jr, Camarines Sur 3rd District 
·        Jose "Ping-Ping" Tejada, North Cotabato 3rd District
·        Lianda Bolilia, Batangas 4th District 
·        Mujiv Hataman, Basilan
·        Sol Aragones, Laguna 3rd District
·        Stella Luz Quimbo, Marikina 2nd District 
·        Vilma Santos-Recto, Batangas 6th District 



What’s next?

According to Makabayan bloc’s Bayan Muna party-list Rep. Carlos Zarate said ABS-CBN can again apply for a franchise during President Duterte’s administration.
However the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) can assign ABS-CBN's frequency to another entity.
"'Pag nag-apply siya ulit ng prangkisa, either within this 18th Congress or thereafter, magsisimula siya sa una dahil kumbaga, meron kang prangkisa, wala ka naman magamit na frequency. Hahanapan ka pa ng available frequency," Zarate told ANC. 


(If it re-applies for a franchise either within this 18th Congress or thereafter, it will start from scratch because you could have a license, yet no frequency you can use. Regulators will have to find an available frequency for you.) 
"Sa Metro Manila, sagad na ang frequency d'yan. That's why I will not be surprised na talagang may mga interesado doon sa frequency ng ABS-CBN because of its strategic importance sa economy, business, even sa pulitika," he added. 
(The frequency here in Metro Manila is already full. That's why I will not be surprised if there are parties interested in the ABS-CBN frequency because of its strategic importance on economy, business, even politics.) 




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