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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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Missing Duterte?

LETTERS FROM DAVAO By Jun Ledesma, Columnist, PNA  Missing Duterte?   SEVERAL days ahead of Typhoon Rolly’s landfall, announcements were made through hundreds of media outlets that the howler is extremely powerful it could cause severe destruction along its path. Bicol Region, The Southern Tagalog Region, Metro Manila, and Quezon Province had been alerted and … Continue reading

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Duterte calls Drilon ‘hypocrite’ for defending Lopezes

Duterte calls Drilon ‘hypocrite’ for defending Lopezes By Ruth Abbey Gita-Carlos   SONA. Heavily-guarded President Rodrigo Duterte arrives at the Batasang Pambansa in Quezon City for his fifth State of the Nation Address (SONA) on Monday (July 27, 2020). In his penultimate SONA, Duterte called Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon hypocrite for defending the Lopezes after … 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