Pro Duterte administration voters (called DDS for Du30 Diehard Supporters) out to reduce ABS CBN Senate numbers
Aside from the historic pandemic problems (health, jobs, livelihood, education) that literally ground the Philippine economy to a snail pace, issues such as the drug war, the insurgency and governance are on top of the list as far as the 2022 electorate is concerned. The controversial ABS CBN free television closure and the Manila Bay white sand beach also divide our people. It is safe to presume that those who are against the present administration would want the return of the Kapamilya network on Channel 2 (whose shows are currently hosted by competitors TV5 and the now renamed Zoe TV aside from being present in cable television, YouTube, websites and other internet platforms.
Once a new Congress is in place in the third quarter of 2022, the process of the ABS CBN franchise renewal would once again start at the House of Representatives. An approved bill at the Lower House is then elevated to the Senate.
Among the incumbent senators, at least 14 have signified that they are in favor of an ABS CBN franchise. Senators Ralph Recto and Franklin Drilon are currently serving their second consecutive Senate terms thus they are prohibited by the Philippine Constitution from running for a third consecutive term, therefore they are not in the running for senator for 2022. Senators Nancy Binay, Sonny Angara and Lito Lapid will be in the Senate up to 2025 (in their six year term). Senators Manny Pacquiao and Panfilo Lacson are running for President. Senators Tito Sotto and Francis Pangilinan are running for Vice President. Senators Migz Zubiri, Sherwin Gatchalian, Dick Gordon, Risa Hontiveros and Joel Villanueva are running for re-election.
Note: Re-electionist Senator Leila De Lima is not in the list but presumed to be for an ABS CBN franchise renewal. Senator Grace Poe, senator till 2025, is pro Kapamilya too.