ABS CBN – Cayetano fasttracks provisional franchise till October 2020

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Drama lang pala ang kunwaring pagpapahirap ni Speaker Cayetano. Dati sabi niya na puro daw sipsip yung ibang mambabatas sa TV network. Dapat daw marinig ang dalawang panig, yung sumusuporta at yung tumutuligsa, pero ngayon pabubuksan muli ang Kapamilya habang tinatalakay ang panukalang batas para sa panibagong prangkisa.


ABS-CBN may be back on air by June: Cayetano

Rose Carmelle Lacuata, ABS-CBN News

May 13 2020


MANILA – House Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano said Wednesday ABS-CBN Corp may be back on air by the first week of June, amid swift proceedings on his proposed measure granting the network a temporary broadcast franchise until October.

Speaking on ABS-CBN’s Teleradyo, Cayetano said the network may be able to broadcast again by next month.

“If everything goes well, God willing, Monday matapos namin on final reading, Tuesday nasa Senado. Kung kaya ng Senado one week, the week after next, latest first week ng June, on the air na ulit,” Cayetano said.

(God willing, we will finish the final reading on Monday, and transmit this on Tuesday. If the Senate can finish in a week, the week after next, then ABS-CBN may be back on air by the first week of June.)

He also believes President Rodrigo Duterte will be fair and approve the provisional license.

“Ang ating Pangulo po ay abogado. Kung ako ang tanungin niya, ang sasabihin ko ‘sir, pang ano lang ‘to eh, pang-due process’,” Cayetano said.

(Our President is a lawyer. If he asks me, I’ll tell him that this is for due process.)

Cayetano said he believes the President would choose fairness and due process in deciding whether to sign the provisional authority into law.

“Hindi ko alam kung ive-veto niya o hindi, pero sa pagkakilala ko sa ating pangulo, abogado eh, fairness, due process,” he said.

(I’m not sure if he will veto it or not, but I know the President, he is a lawyer and he will choose fairness and due process.)

The House of Representatives Committee of the Whole on Wednesday approved a bill that gives ABS-CBN provisional franchise until October 2020.

Cayetano filed the bill, as he cited the need for Congress to focus on addressing the coronavirus crisis and giving it sufficient time to tackle the network’s “controversial” application for a fresh 25-year franchise.

The Senate also said it would “work expeditiously” to pass ABS-CBN’s provisional franchise before Congress adjourns in the first week of June, Senate Majority Leader Juan Miguel Zubiri said.

House Bill No. 6732 grants ABS-CBN provisional franchise to operate until October 31, 2020, before Congress deliberates on long-pending bills giving the media giant license to broadcast for another 25 years.

The interim license will “give both the House of Representatives and the Senate [time] to hear the issues being raised for and against the renewal, and assess, with complete impartiality and fairness, whether or not the network shall be granted a franchise for another 25 years.”

“We cannot, in good conscience, sweep the accusations under the rug,” read the bill’s explanatory note.

ABS-CBN’s halt in broadcast last week was the first time it was forced to sign off since the Marcos dictatorship. The shutdown imperils an estimated 11,000 jobs.

It has asked the Supreme Court to stop the NTC shutdown order.

The network, which reached millions of Filipinos through its television, radio and online platforms, said it did not violate the law in its 65 years of service.

News.abs-cbn.com is the general news website of ABS-CBN Corp.

– with reports from Jauhn Villaruel, ABS-CBN News

ABS CBN – TraPOE wants AUTOMATIC EXTENSION of franchises if with pending renewals in Congress

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Kung si CONFLICT of INTEREST TraPOE ang tatanungin, AREGLADO na ang ABS CBN. Hindi na dapat pang patagalin ang usapan. BIASED talaga. Dahil makupad ang proseso, gusto naman niya na magbigay ng palugid (para hindi masarhan) habang nagiintay na maisabatas ang panibagong prangkisa. Anong pagINHIBIT kaya ang sinabi niya nuong Marso? Conflict of Interst – nanay niya ay artista sa FPJ (na tatay niya) Ang Probinsyano na TOP GROSSING teleserye sa Kapamilya network.


Senate panel eyes law to ‘automatically extend’ franchises pending in Congress

Katrina Domingo, ABS-CBN News

May 12 2020 


MANILA – The Senate Committee on Public Services “will look” at the possibility of crafting a bill that would “automatically extend for a certain period” expired franchises provided that a renewal bid is still pending in Congress, the panel’s chair Sen. Grace Poe said Tuesday.

Lawmakers have to solve a “gap in the law” to ensure that networks and their employees are not left in limbo should Congress fail to act on their franchise applications, Poe told reporters in an online press conference.

“Hindi naman natin puwede sabihin na open-ended forever. Baka ang mangyari kasi mawalan kami ng sense of urgency, kaming mga mambabatas,” the senator said.

(We cannot leave it open-ended forever. If we do that, we lawmakers might lose our sense of urgency.)

“So kailangan natin ilagay sa isang batas ang kinakailangan na ‘pag ang prangkisa mo ay mag-e-expire na, puwede kang automatically extended for a certain period,” she said.

(So we have to put in place a law that will automatically extend your franchise for a certain period if it is about to expire.)

The proposed policy has yet to be drafted but it would likely contain “remedial measures” for companies with nearly-expired franchises, Poe said, noting that Congress cannot be compelled to prioritize tackling franchise bills.

The plan followed the shutdown of ABS-CBN Corp’s broadcast operations after its franchise lapsed on May 4. Its bid for franchise renewal has been pending for years.

Sen. Lito Lapid filed a separate bill that would provide provisional licenses to radio stations with pending franchise renewal applications before Congress.

Under Lapid’s Senate Bill No. 1522, the “validity of the provisional renewal shall be until the next adjournment of Congress.”

“Malinaw na may pagkukulang o butas sa ating batas kaugnay sa pagrenew ng prangkisa ng isang kumpanya pero kaya naman itong remedyuhan ng isa ring batas,” he said in a statement.

(It is clear that there is a loophole or gap in our law with regards to franchise renewals, but this can also be remedied by another law.)

Lapid did not explain why his bill was limited to radio stations.

Justice Secretary Menardo Guevara first pointed out the legal loophole when Poe’s committee tackled ABS-CBN’s franchise issue in February.

“The DOJ stands by its position that there is sufficient equitable basis to allow broadcast entities to continue operating while the bills for the renewal of their franchise remain pending with Congress,” Guevarra said.

In March, the House of Representatives and the Senate issued resolutions directing the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) to issue a temporary permit for ABS-CBN, whose 25-year franchise renewal bid has languished in the House Legislative Franchises Committee since 2014.

The NTC did not heed Congress’ directive and ordered the Philippines’ largest media network off the air on May 5 without due process.