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President Duterte won’t allow ABS-CBN to operate even if it gets new franchise

PRRD won’t allow ABS-CBN to operate even if it gets new franchise By Jelly Musico   MANILA (Philippines News Agency) – President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday said he will not allow the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) to grant ABS-CBN permit to operate even if the broadcast giant gets fresh franchise from Congress. “Congress is planning to restore … Continue reading

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House leader files bill renewing ABS-CBN franchise

By Filane Mikee Cervantes   MANILA (Philippines News Agency) – Deputy Speaker Vilma Santos-Recto has filed a bill that would give broadcast giant ABS-CBN Corp. a fresh 25-year legislative franchise. Santos filed on Jan. 5 House Bill No. 8298 seeking to renew for another 25 years ABS-CBN’s legislative franchise. A copy of the bill was obtained by … Continue reading

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Several issues led to denial of ABS-CBN franchise bid: House body

Several issues led to denial of ABS-CBN franchise bid: House body By Filane Mikee Cervantes   MANILA (Philippines News Agency) – The House of Representatives’ Committee on Legislative Franchises on Friday denied the application of media giant ABS-CBN Corp. for a new 25-year franchise.  The panel, chaired by Palawan Rep. Franz Alvarez, approved the resolution denying the … Continue reading

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Cayetano warns vs. media owners engaged in partisan politics

Cayetano warns vs. media owners engaged in partisan politics By Filane Mikee Cervantes  Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano MANILA (Philippines News Agency) – Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano on Thursday warned against media owners who engage in partisan politics to protect business interests. During a House hearing on the summation of discussion on media giant ABS-CBN’s franchise, Cayetano … Continue reading

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Palace respects ABS-CBN’s plea to nullify NTC ruling

Palace respects ABS-CBN’s plea to nullify NTC ruling By Ruth Abbey Gita-Carlos  MANILA (Philippines News Agency)  – Malacañang on Thursday said it respects the broadcast firm ABS-CBN Corporation’s appeal to the Supreme Court (SC) to stop the implementation of National Telecommunications Commission’s (NTC) cease and desist order that prompted the media network to stop its … Continue reading

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Palace sees no reason for Duterte to veto ABS-CBN franchise bill

MANILA (Philippines News Agency) – President Rodrigo Duterte has no reason to veto the bill granting a new 25-year franchise to local media giant ABS-CBN Corp. once it reaches his table, Malacañang said on Wednesday. Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque guaranteed that Duterte would not reject ABS-CBN’s bid to renew its franchise if the majority of lawmakers … Continue reading

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Go calls for impartiality from ABS-CBN amid franchise renewal bid

Go calls for impartiality from ABS-CBN amid franchise renewal bid MANILA (Philippines News Agency) – Senator Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go on Monday demanded impartiality from ABS-CBN as he denounced the alleged black propaganda aired by the network against then Davao City mayor and now President Rodrigo Duterte during the 2016 election campaign. Go was referring to … Continue reading

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ABS-CBN can apply for new franchise: Palace

ABS-CBN can apply for new franchise: Palace By Ruth Abbey Gita-Carlos   MANILA – Embattled broadcasting firm ABS-CBN Corp. can apply for a new license to operate in the event that its 25-year legislative franchise is nullified, Malacañang said on Thursday. “Kaya nga meron silang (That’s why they have) application for (new franchise). That’s the whole point,” Presidential … Continue reading