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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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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