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After Duterte rant, Velasco quashes hope for ABS-CBN franchise renewal

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Xave Gregorio (Philstar.com) – February 11, 2021 – 10:26am

MANILA, Philippines — Following President Rodrigo Duterte’s rant towards the Lopezes and their TV community ABS-CBN, Home Speaker Lord Allan Velasco quashed hopes that the media big’s franchise would get renewed below his management.

Velasco, who till Thursday was mum about ABS-CBN, mentioned in an announcement that makes an attempt to grant it a brand new franchise must wait till the subsequent Congress because the Home is prioritizing administration measures.

“With slightly over a 12 months till the 2022 elections, the Home of Representatives is bent on ending the remaining precedence measures of this administration to make sure that President Rodrigo Roa Duterte fulfills his marketing campaign promise to the Filipino individuals,” he mentioned.

He added that on high of precedence laws, the Home would additionally wish to cross a 3rd stimulus invoice, dubbed Bayanihan 3 which he authored together with Rep. Stella Quimbo (Marikina), and different financial measures geared towards rebuilding the financial system that has been decimated by the pandemic.

Home legislative franchises committee chair Rep. Franz Alvarez (Palawan) issued an analogous assertion in January, saying that his panel’s choice in July 2020 to reject ABS-CBN’s software for a recent franchise — broadly considered as an assault on press freedom — “ has turn into remaining.”

In January, Rep. Michael Defensor (Anakalusugan party-list), who was among the many lawmakers who led the cost towards ABS-CBN, tried to place the community’s franchise as much as a plenary vote.

However this was averted by the Home management by archiving the invoice that sought to grant ABS-CBN a provisional franchise.

Duterte says, Home does

Deputy Speaker Lito Atienza, a Velasco ally, had hoped that ABS-CBN’s franchise would get renewed below the management of the brand new speaker, who took over the reins of the chamber in October 2020 following a coup that ousted Rep. Alan Peter Cayetano (Taguig-Pateros) from the highest publish within the Home.

“I’m simply counting on the character of the brand new speaker. He’s not the sort who would double cross and double speak and take care of everyone,” Atienza advised ANC’s “Headstart” in January.

Duterte on Monday as soon as once more used his weekly handle on the federal government’s response to the pandemic to the touch on a very completely different subject — this time, the Lopezes and their TV community ABS-CBN.

He claimed with out elaborating that the Lopezes dedicated “prison acts,” which he mentioned included the DBP’s reported condonation of the loans. He referred to the loans as unpaid taxes.

Due to these, he mentioned, he wouldn’t enable the Nationwide Telecommunications Fee to grant ABS-CBN a allow to function even when Congress grants it a brand new franchise.

Duterte’s phrases do maintain sway within the Home, the place he has a supermajority. His pronouncements and insurance policies, for instance on ABS-CBN, have been typically adopted by the decrease chamber.

Duterte’s personal pronouncements on ABS-CBN betray Malacañang’s claims that the president is retaining his arms off the TV community, because the chief govt has vowed to see the tip of the published big which earned his ire for not airing his marketing campaign commercial and for supposedly taking sides throughout the 2016 presidential race.

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