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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

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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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Senators weigh in on NTC’s order vs. ABS-CBN

MANILA (Philippines News Agency) – Several senators on Tuesday expressed varying opinions after the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) ordered ABS-CBN Corp. to stop its television and radio broadcast operations due to the expiration of its congressional franchise on May 4. Senator Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go said the matter of allowing ABS-CBN to operate after the NTC … 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