ABS CBN Franchise Renewal Issue – Sonza versus Pacman (CONFLICT of INTEREST)

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Malaki ang pakinabang ni Pacman sa ABS CBN dahil sa mga boxing matches niya na dinala ng Kapamilya network. MILYONMILYONG PISO ang kitaan dito at may parte si Senator Manny sa binayad ng mga nanood. CONFLICT of INTEREST situation si Pacquiao sa franchise renewal kaya dapat hindi siya sumali sa mga usapan at botohan sa Senado kung sakaling makapasa ang panukalang batas sa Kamara at iakyat naman sa Mataas na Kapulungan.

Tagahanga man tayo ni Pacman, sa usaping ito, tama ayon sa batas si Jay Sonza.

Davao City Mayor Inday Sara chides ABS CBN for creating more enemies, closure not a freedom of speech issue

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Davao City Mayor Inday Sara Duterte slams ABS-CBN: “Kaya marami naiinis sa inyo dahil nanadya kayo!


Davao City Mayor Inday Sara Duterte slammed ABS-CBN’s report about her interview with a radio station.

In her Instagram post, Mayor Duterte said that ABS-CBN only put her short statement instead of putting all her explanations on why her father, President Rodrigo Duterte was allowed to travel back to Davao City.

According to her, ABS-CBN’s latest news report about her is one of the reasons why many people don’t like Kapamilya Network.

“Alam niyo Abs-Cbn kaya marami naiinis sa inyo dahil nanadya kayo. Apart from this sassy answer, I gave a mouthful of numbers as legal basis, aba kahit isa wala man lang kayo sinulat. Ansabe ko IATF Omnibus Guide dated 15 May 2020 Sec. 7 (2) 2 at Notam DIA exemption to restricted travel 2) Government flights,” the Mayor said.

IATF Omnibus Guide Sec. 7 (2) 2 includes government officials as people permitted to travel under any form of community quarantine, including President Duterte.

She also said that instead of making new supporters, ABS-CBN only created new enemies.

Inday Sara then reminded that ABS-CBN franchise issue doesn’t have any connection with freedom of speech.

“Andami niyo na nga kalaban gusto niyo pa dagdagan. Kung sabagay pasok naman na sila Espasol, Sapin-Sapin at Chicharon sa bulsa eh noh, 6 months to 25 years. So tuloy lang tayo sa bias.,” she said.

“Magsulat kayo maayos oi. And for the record, walang connection ang freedom of speech at iba pang kieme ninyo sa isang franchise. Amen,” she added.

ABS CBN – Cayetano SPECIAL TREATMENT and FAVORITISM, maski RECESS o BREAK raratsadahin ang 25 year franchise renewal. Paano na kaya ang mga COVID related bills? Economic stimulus? Financial assistance? Taxes? Loans? Budget realignment? Emergency measures?

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Inabandona ng kasama sa Kamara? Speaker Cayetano, umatras sa provisional franchise o five month extension na panukala para sa ABS-CBN at ito ang palusot niya. Panibagong pakulo naman ay 25 year franchise renewal. Nililito niya tayo. Mailusot niya kaya sa Kamara ang hinahangad na prangkisa? Sa Senado kasi, matagal nang bistado ang mga CONFLICT of INTEREST na mga senador. Sa Mababang Kapulungan, marami pa ang NAGKUKUNWARI. May sinasabi pero iba naman ang gustong mangyari. Abangan.


House to skip break to hear ABS-CBN issue

By: Melvin Gascon (Philippine Daily Inquirer)
May 21, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — Members of the House of Representatives would have to skip their midterm break when they deliberate on ABS-CBN’s application for a franchise renewal, House Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano said on Tuesday.

“The deliberations … will continue … until they are finished so no one can say we’re stopping the process, or dragging our feet,” Cayetano said.

Cayetano said the issue had become “so divisive” and “so polluted,” that it distracted Congress from more pressing concerns like the COVID-19 crisis.

The House committee is likely to hold two to three hearings a week, Cayetano said, adding that the House should be ready to decide when it comes back after its recess starting on June 4 and after President Duterte’s State of the Nation Address on July 27.

In the Senate, Se­nate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon on Wednesday said Cayetano’s decision to withdraw the bill showed his indifference to the plight of the network’s 11,000 workers.

Union leaders of the company meanwhile said they were staying strong for their coworkers and families despite the looming prospect of layoffs.

—With reports from Marlon Ramos and Miguel R. Camus


COVID 19 – Walang gamot sa BOBO – DoH Sec SECOND WAVE INUPAKAN ng mga Senador at Cabinet Secretary

Executive Secretary Medialdea, DILG Secretary Ano, Presidential Spokesperson Roque, Senator Gordon, Senator Lacson, Senator Pangilinan, Senator Drilon and former Health Secretary Cabral all expressed DISMAY at Department of Health Secretary Duque’s statement. Pansinin ninyo na madalas ay sumasalungat sila Pangilinan at Drilon sa pamahalaan ngunit ngayon maraming kasama sa administrasyon ang nakiupak din sa Health Secretary. Malimali kasi. Walang gamot ang KABOBOHAN. 

RELATED READING: balitangbalita.com/2020/05/20/covid-19-stupid-second-wave-of-doh-sec-causes-confusion/

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Palace contradicts DOH: Philippines still in first wave of COVID-19 infections

By: Darryl John Esguerra
May 21, 2020

MANILA, Philippines —  The Philippines is still in the first wave of the novel coronavirus outbreak, Malacañang said Thursday, refuting Health Secretary Francisco Duque III’s declaration that the country is now facing the second wave of the coronavirus pandemic.

“Tayo po ngayon ay nasa first wave,” presidential spokesman Harry Roque said in a televised Palace briefing.

“Alam niyo po ang medisina, para ring mga abogado ‘yan, iisa lang ang batas namin (pero) iba iba ang interpretasyon. Ganyan din po siguro sa medisina, iisa ang siyensya ,iisa ang datos, iba ang basa,” Roque said.

During a Senate hearing on the government’s COVID-19 response Wednesday, Duque disclosed that the Philippines is actually on the second wave of COVID-19 infection now, citing data from epidemiology experts.

Duque’s statement, however, was met with opposition from some senators, lawmakers, and even government officials, especially after President Rodrigo Duterte himself has repeatedly mentioned trying to avoid a second wave of COVID-19 cases, which his economic managers said would be too costly to address.

It added that the second wave of more than 10,000 cases peaked at the end of March. It can be recalled that the DOH reported 583 new COVID-19 infections on March 31, the highest recorded new cases in a day.

Citing data from health professionals, Roque said the first wave started with the three COVID-19 positive Chinese nationals late January and went on until May when the Philippines started to report a decrease in coronavirus infections.

“Kaya nga po ang sinasabi natin bagamat hindi pa po fully flattened ang curve, nagsisimula na po ang pag-flatten ng curve,” he said.

The Palace official likewise claimed that the first three cases are too small to be considered an outbreak wave.


COVID 19 – STUPID Second Wave of DoH Sec causes CONFUSION

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By DEFINITION pa lang medyo napaghahalata na ang ating DoH Secretary ay nangangapa ng sagot. Nagiimbeto. Nambobola. Walang alam. Bago po magkasecond wave, dapat itong ating unang hagupit ng CPVID 19 ay humupa muna, tapos dala ng ating kapabayaan ay magkaroon ng panibagong pagatake at pagdami ng mga kaso.

Second wave: A phenomenon of infections that can develop during a pandemic. The disease infects one group of people first. Infections appear to decrease. And then, infections increase in a different part of the population, resulting in a second wave of infections.


Duque’s statement on COVID-19 ’second wave’ confuses experts

Christian V. Esguerra, ABS-CBN News

May 20, 2020


MANILA – The Philippines is still dealing with the current stream of COVID-19 infections, contrary to its health chief’s announcement that the country was now experiencing a “second wave,” medical experts said Wednesday.

This next phase in a pandemic comes only with “humongous outbreaks,” and after the first wave of infections has come under control, said Dr. Benjamin Co, a specialist on pediatric infectious diseases who has been monitoring the country’s epidemiological curves based on daily government data.

“We’ve never flattened anything yet,” he told ABS-CBN News. “We’re still dealing with the first wave.”

Co said Health Secretary Francisco Duque III should clarify his statement during Wednesday’s Senate hearing that the country’s first wave came in late January when 3 Chinese nationals sickened with the virus arrived here.

“I think he’s coming from a definition, probably, that (the curve) was flat from the very beginning then came a few cases,” Co said.

The health department on Wednesday reported 279 new cases bringing the total number of infections in the country to 13,221, with a death toll of 842. Of the total number of infections, 9,447 were considered “active” cases.

“We’re seeing gains, to be fair,” said Co, citing the fewer number of reported deaths and new cases daily.

Dr. Tony Leachon, a medical adviser to the government task force on the pandemic, said quarantine measures in certain areas would not have been relaxed if epidemiological data pointed to a second wave.

“It would have been counterintuitive to do that,” he said. “When you say ‘second wave,’ it means you have flattened the first one. We’re still in the first wave.”

The UK-based Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine (CEBM) cautioned against “making absolute statements of certainty about ‘second waves’” about the new coronavirus, which has infected 4.9 million people worldwide.

“We do not know for certain whether COVID will recur in phases, or sporadic outbreaks or disappear altogether,” wrote Tom Jefferson, a senior associate tutor and honorary research fellow at CEBM.

ABS CBN – Korte Suprema HINDI naglabas ng TRO para sa daliang pagbubukas ng network

Sa halip na TRO ang ibinigay para makapagbroadcast na ang Kapamilya network, minabuti ng Kataastaasang Hukuman na pagaralan muna ang mga isyu hinggil sa pagkasara ng ABS CBN. Dahil sa maraming araw na magiging palitan ng mga sagutan, ilang linggo din ang lilipas bago makapagpasya kung mabibigyan na talaga ng Temporary Restraining Order ang NTC sa kanilang Cease and Desist Order na naging sanhi kung bakit na OFF THE AIR ang Channel 2, DZMM at mga iba pang mga istasyon sa kaanib nito. Sa Kamara naman ay tila hindi na ipagpapatuloy ang panukalang ABS CBN franchise extension hanggang Octubre, 2020 bilang pansamantalang paraan para mabuksan ang ABS CBN. Tatahakin na nila ang regular na 25 year franchise renewal na ayon kay House Speaker Cayetano ay baka sa Agosto pa matapos o maaprubahan.
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No TRO from SC; ABS-CBN to remain off air
Evelyn Macairan (The Philippine Star)
May 20, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — Media giant ABS-CBN Corp. yesterday failed to secure a temporary restraining order from the Supreme Court (SC) that could have allowed the network to resume its radio and television broadcast.

The high court’s failure to issue a ruling on ABS-CBN’s petition for a TRO means that the cease and desist order (CDO) issued by the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) against the company stays.

During an online full court session, 14 justices unanimously ordered the NTC and Congress to comment on ABS-CBN’s petition instead of issuing a TRO, SC spokesman Brian Keith Hosaka said.

The SC gave the NTC, Senate and House of Representatives 10 days from receipt of notice to comment on the network’s petition questioning the CDO.

ABS-CBN named the NTC as the only respondent, but the justices separately impleaded Congress and required them to file a comment, Hosaka said.

The SC also denied the plea of lawyer Lorenzo Gadon to consolidate the ABS-CBN case with his petition, which asked the high tribunal to stop the NTC from issuing the network a provisional authority to operate after the expiration of its 25-year franchise.

ABS-CBN filed the petition for TRO on May 7, two days after the NTC issued the CDO against the media giant.

Malacañang said it is leaving it up to the SC to decide on the petition filed by ABS-CBN.

“I don’t know how to react to that. We will just let the SC decide,” presidential spokesman Harry Roque said at a press briefing. “If there is no TRO, that means the SC is not convinced that a restraining order is needed.”

House recalls provisional franchise bill

At the House of Representatives, lawmakers dropped yesterday the proposed measure granting ABS-CBN a temporary franchise pending deliberations on its application for a fresh 25-year franchise.

In a privilege speech during a mixed physical and virtual plenary session, Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano recalled House Bill 6732 that had been approved on first reading by the chamber sitting as committee of the whole.

“Because of divisiveness and after consulting with lawmakers, the House leadership decided to forgo the grant of a provisional franchise and immediately proceed with the hearings on the bills seeking renewal of the ABS-CBN franchise,” Cayetano said.

He said the matter would be returned to the House committee on legislative franchises chaired by Palawan Rep. Franz Alvarez.

The decision was reached following a caucus among leaders of political blocs in the majority coalition and after the chamber recalled its approval on second reading of the bill that would have granted provisional franchise to the network until Oct.31, 2020.

A majority of House members supported the proposal of Bulacan Rep. Jonathan Sy-Alvarado to refer the matter back to the legislative franchises panel.

Cayetano explained that he earlier pushed for the provisional franchise because he would have wanted to allow the network to continue airing while Congress hears the franchise renewal application.

It was not clear if the withdrawal of HB 6732 would still need approval of the House plenary.

Solicitor General Jose Calida said he agreed with Cayetano’s call to have a thorough investigation on supposed violations of ABS-CBN.

“These issues must be resolved first before a bill authorizing ABS-CBN to operate is passed, even if what is being granted is only a provisional franchise. Certainly, one cannot put the cart before the horse,” Calida said yesterday.

“The grant of a legislative franchise is imbued with public interest. It cannot be haphazardly issued. Thus, to issue a provisional franchise to allow ABS-CBN to continue its broadcasting operations without conducting a hearing would amount to Congress acting speedily for the sake of acting speedily, which is a disservice to the Filipino people,” he added.

Provisional franchise OK

The network is amenable to a provisional franchise from Congress if only to be able to air immediately to provide news and information, and stop the possible retrenchment of thousands of its workers, ABS-CBN president and chief executive officer Carlo Katigbak said.

“At this point, the priority for ABS-CBN is to return on air as quickly as possible. We need to do this so we can start earning revenues so we can continue paying the salaries of our employees,” Katigbak told the Senate committee on public services through video conference.

“If a provisional franchise valid until October is the quickest way to get back on air, then we accept that with the hope that Congress continue hearings so we can secure the 25-year franchise,” he added.

He said ABS-CBN and its subsidiaries, which employ over 11,000 people have committed to retain jobs for three months even if it continues to lose over P30 million per day since it was shut down by the government on May 5.

ABS-CBN on Monday said it was stunned by accusations raised during House deliberations on the proposed provisional franchise, saying the allegations have been answered under oath by network executives and government officials at a Senate hearing on Feb. 24.

ABS-CBN said officials of the Securities and Exchange Commission, NTC and Bureau of Internal Revenue have testified that the network “had no violations as it relates to their specific agency.”

Senate Majority Leader Juan Miguel Zubiri said he was worried if the matter is not immediately settled, the network may lose its frequencies, which is necessary if it is to resume operations.

“Unless the franchise is outright rejected, I think we should give them a fighting chance to be able to continue their operations,” Zubiri said.

The hearing, presided over by Sen. Sherwin Gatchalian, was supposed to take up pending bills in the Senate all seeking to grant the network a provisional or 25-year franchise.

The panel did not take up HB 6732, which seeks to grant the network a temporary five-month franchise as senators agreed to wait for the measure to reach the Senate.

Officials of the NTC were a no-show at the hearing. But senators said they would be made to explain in the next hearing expected to be held next week.

During the hearing, former chief justice Reynato Puno said Congress has the authority to grant the network a provisional franchise, but advised that it would be better if the Senate waits for the House bill.

Former Senate president Juan Ponce Enrile said if Congress intends to grant ABS-CBN a 25-year franchise, then it should do so instead of giving it a temporary authority. Alexis Romero, Edu Punay, Paolo Romero, Ralph Edwin Villanueva


ABS CBN – CONFLICT of INTEREST -Senator Pia Cayetano and House Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano should INHIBIT themselves from attending discussions and voting

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Senator Pia Cayetano – The law office Cayetano Sebastian is one of the law offices retained by ABS CBN, the law office where the late Senator Rene Cayetano was founder and partner and Congressman and House Speaker Allan Peter and Senator Pia are also either partners or associates, Sebastian is the husband of Pia Cayetano. The late former Senator Rene Cayetano had a long running television and radio show COMPANERO in ABS CBN

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Nadapa ang minamadaling ABS CBN franchise extension bill. Dapat kahapon, Lunes, Mayo 19, ay nagkabotohan na para sa THIRD and FINAL READING ng panukalang batas. Matapos ang inaakalang matagumpay na botohan ay iaakyat naman ito sa Senado kung saan higit kalahati sa mga senador ay nagpahiwatig na sumasangayon sila sa paspasan upang mabuksan na muli, bagamat panandalian lamang, ang Kapamilya network. Mayroon ding petisyong Temporary Restraining Order sa Korte Suprema ang ABS CBN upang mabaliwala ang Cease and Desist Order na naging kasangkapan kung bakit ito nasara.


House plenary recalls ABS-CBN franchise OK

Delon Porcalla (The Philippine Star)
May 19, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — To pave the way for possible amendments, the leadership of the House of Representatives recalled yesterday the approval it gave on second reading to the bill granting ABS-CBN a provisional franchise.

The House was supposed to transmit the bill to the Senate, the committee on public services of which has already scheduled a hearing on the franchise renewal bills today.

But House Deputy Majority Leader Wilter Wee Palma II moved in Monday’s virtual session to reconsider instead last week’s plenary approval of House Bill 6732 (An Act Granting the ABS-CBN Broadcasting Corp. a Franchise) that will be valid until Oct. 31 this year.

Rep. Eric Go Yap of party-list ACT-CIS, chairman of the House committee on appropriations, manifested that it would be “better” if lawmakers deliberate on giving the Lopez-owned TV giant a longer period to operate.

“Let’s debate whether we will or we will not give them a 25-year legislative franchise. Let us be more categorical – are we going to give them 25 more years or not?” the neophyte lawmaker declared on the floor.

Having elicited no objection in the plenary’s virtual session via Zoom app, Palma’s motion was “adopted” by the House leadership through Deputy Speaker Raneo Abu of Batangas, the presiding officer yesterday.

Villafuerte explained that the second reading approval would have to be recalled to give way to more interpellations and amendments.

“It has always been our position that we have to hear this and let’s decide on this freely and objectively. We want this to be more comprehensive. Yes, it is a five-month extension (bill) but we are also open to other amendments. In due time, we can also take up the 25-year franchise. We’re open to that,” he said.

House Minority Leader Bienvenido Abante (Manila) supported the recall, saying it was “a step in the right direction.”

“If the (ABS-CBN) franchise is passed – and I believe it will – it is my humble request that their programs be more family-oriented so that there will be no more questions about morality and degrading behavior. We need partners in providing public information. ABS-CBN has the track record and the widest reach,” Abante said.

Yesterday, the giant network reiterated its appeal to the Supreme Court to stop the implementation of the cease and desist order (CDO) that the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) issued against them.

“ABS-CBN seeks to invalidate the CDO on the ground, among others, that it was issued in contravention of the intent and desire of Congress to allow the continued broadcasting operation of the company pending the renewal of its franchise. This Honorable Court may take judicial notice of the following recent events which highlight the intent and desire of Congress for ABS-CBN to be on air during the pendency of the renewal of its legislative franchise,” it said.

It noted that HB 6732, which seeks to grant the media network a franchise to construct, install, operate and maintain television and radio broadcasting stations in the country until Oct. 31, is being considered at the House of Representatives.

The Senate committee on public services, which will be headed by Sen. Sherwin Gatchalian today, will hear the bills seeking to renew the ABS-CBN franchise.

It invited Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra; Solicitor General Jose Calida; officials from the NTC, and the Department of Information and Communications Technology; executives of ABS-CBN; retired chief justice Reynato Puno; retired Supreme Court associate justice Adolfo Azcuna; former senator Juan Ponce Enrile; and Fr. Ranhilio Aquino, dean of the San Beda Graduate School of Law to the hearing.

Senate President Vicente Sotto III earlier said the chamber would have to wait until the House transmits what it passed last week.

ABS-CBN lamented that it continues to lose about P30 million to P35 million a day from advertising revenues, every day that it is off the air.

“If this severe financial hemorrhage is not stopped, ABS-CBN may be constrained to eventually let go of workers, reduce salaries and benefits, and substantially cut down on costs and expenses,” it added.

Aside from seeking the SC’s help, ABS-CBN also asked the NTC not to recall its assigned frequencies. Paolo Romero, Evelyn Macairan, Richmond Mercurio


House recalls approval of ABS-CBN provisional franchise

May 18, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — The House of Representatives Monday recalled its approval on second reading of a bill granting ABS-CBN a provisional franchise to operate until October 31, 2020 “unless sooner revoked or canceled,” effectively reopening the bill to amendments and debate.

“Due to request of our members who wish to make some interpellations and possible amendments on the bill—let me make this of record that, at any time, the House can approve this bill, House Bill No. 6732 on third reading. But because of the insistence of our colleagues to interpellate further on the matter, I move that we reconsider approval on second reading of House Bill No. 6732,” Rep. Sharky Palma (Zamboanga Sibugay, 1st District) said in his motion.

House members said that the purpose of the provisional franchise is to give Congress time to deliberate.

Rep. Luis Raymund Villafuerte, Jr (Camarines Sur, 2nd District) said: “The reason we are reverting back is what we want to do in this Congress is be relevant, responsible, transparent and open. Due process and fairness is the main reason. All amendments are free to be heard and will be heard at this point in time. Approving them is for the body to decide.”

‘Public service time’ provision

Cayetano defended the public service time provision requiring ABS-CBN to allot 10% of its paid advertisement airtime to the government, going as far as saying that all franchises should have a similar provision and calling it an “equalizer provision [that would] be easier and more pragmatic for the government” to reach its audiences.

He also argued that the provision would do little to affect the broadcast giant’s income and stock market prices. 

“I’m hoping whatever our provision is, I am not making a stand at this point in time. I am for a hearing, let’s listen to the allegations against them first,” he said.

“I was told it was there in the old franchises. If we do decide to give ABS[-CBN] a franchise for months or years, that should be there so management can work with the government to come up with implementing rules and guidelines,” he added.

Citing more than five other broadcast franchises without such provisions, Rep. Rufus Rodriguez (Cagayan de Oro, 2nd District) held issue with the provision’s constitutionality for being unequal in its enforcement of the law as it would result in other networks not having that obligation.

He said that it would be much more practical to pass a general law for broadcasters instead of including it in every franchise.

“It will be questionable. The previous franchises, there were no questions. We see there will really be unequal protection of the law. Other franchises are not required to give the 10-percent public service,” he said.

Alleged violations

Allegations including contractual obligations, violations of labor laws, foreign ownership, among others, were brought up once more at the hearing.

Villafuerte highlighted that allegations against ABS-CBN will be comprehensively heard at the proper time during their respective committee deliberations.

A number of these issues had been addressed at a Senate hearing but not at the House of Representatives.

Rep. Eric Yap (ACT-CIS party-list) also said that the argument for the full 25-year franchise should be heard along with the alleged violations instead of the five-month provisional franchise pushed by Cayetano.

For her part, Rep. Sol Aragones (Laguna, 3rd District) , a former ABS-CBN journalist, said that besides having 11,000 in its employ, ABS-CBN is a source of information and inspiration for countless Filipinos.

Cayetano has in the past expressed having personal grievances against the network and historically voted in favor of the president’s decisions. — Franco Luna



House suspends deliberations on ABS-CBN provisional franchise bill

Christian Esguerra, ABS-CBN News

May 18, 2020


MANILA—Congressmen on Monday suspended deliberations on a bill granting a provisional franchise to ABS-CBN, raising fears it may take longer before the broadcast network can return to free TV and radio.

Bulacan Rep. Jose Antonio Sy-Alvarado asked his colleagues to first tackle House Bill No. 6732 at the committee on legislative franchise, a move which could delay efforts to reopen the network, which was shut down on May 5.

Monday’s session was widely expected to pass the bill on second reading, a perceived formality since the chamber had already approved the proposal at this stage last week.

But because the bill was passed on first and second reading on the same day, some congressmen sought to “recall” it for debates and individual amendments to avoid legal questions. The constitution requires approval on “separate days.”

The session gave some legislators an opening to bring up old accusations that ABS-CBN had violated its previous franchise, including laws on labor and foreign ownership in mass media.

Sy-Alvarado said referring the bill back to the committee level would allow “equal and comprehensive” discussions on the issues against ABS-CBN.

But this could also delay the reopening of the network.

Some congressmen were pushing for deliberations on a new 25-year franchise instead of a temporary one, which would last only until Oct. 31 this year.

“Bakit hindi na lang natin direchong i-hear yung 25 years na franchise ng ABS-CBN? Kasi ito din naman yung gusto ng lahat ng tao. Mapakinggan natin ang lahat ng panig… para once and for all, matuldukan na yung franchise issue na ‘to,” said Rep. Eric Yap, chairman of the appropriations committee.

“Kung tayo mapagde-decide natin na ibibigay, ibigay na po. Kung maide-decide natin na hindi po ibibigay, ‘wag pong ibigay.”

Yap earlier co-authored a resolution with President Rodrigo Duterte’s son, Davao City Rep. Paolo Duterte, seeking a congressional investigation into ABS-CBN’s alleged violations of its previous franchise.

Such issues had been tackled at length during a Senate inquiry last Feb. 24, during which network executives insisted it violated no laws.

ABS-CBN said on Monday that the Securities and Exchange Commission, the National Telecommunications Commission, and the Bureau of Internal Revenue all testified that the network “had no violations as it relates to their specific agency,” and Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello has said in an interview that the company was “fully compliant of labor standards.”

Yap said he had been approached by a number of people complaining about alleged labor violations by the network.

Agusan del Norte Rep. Lawrence Fortun sought clarification from his colleagues on whether they were deliberating on a new ABS-CBN franchise or were renewing its old one, which expired on May 4.

“What protection does ABS-CBN have from the possibility of its current frequency from being assigned to another network in the meantime that the franchise bills… are still being heard?” he said.

“Yun lang ang kinakabahala ko because the NTC, at this point, as far as we are concerned, cannot really be trusted.”

House leaders have criticized the National Telecommunications Commission for ordering the shutdown of ABS-CBN despite appeals from both chambers of Congress to keep it on the air while the franchise application was under deliberation.

But the lower chamber was also accused of sitting on the renewal bills after President Rodrigo Duterte threatened to block a new ABS-CBN franchise.

ABS CBN – CONFLICT of INTEREST of Senators, they should INHIBIT themselves from the proceedings and voting on franchise renewal bill

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Sa Lunes, Mayo 18, 2020, ay magsusumite si Atty Larry Gadon ng sulat sa Senado, upang hikayatin ang mga Senador na mag inhibit sa pagdinig at sa pagboto sa Prangkisa ng Abs Cbn. Ito ang nilalaman ng kanyang sulat :

Republic of the Philippines
Senate Building , Pasay City

For : Hon. Vicente C. Sotto, III
Senate President


Date: May 18, 2020

Xx – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – x

Ako po ay lubos na gumagalang na nagbibigay ng mungkahi na naglalayon ng pag inhibit ng mga sumusunod na Senador na makilahok sa mga debate at botohan sa pagbibigay ng Prangkisa sa Abs CBN Corporation o sa ABS CBN BROADCASTING CORPORATION o ano mang kumpanya na may kinalaman at koneksyon sa ABS CBN. Ang mga Senador na ito ay may alegasyon na hayagang alam ng publiko na nakikinabang pati asawa o kapamilya sa ABS CBN bilang stockholder , talent , producer o iba pang interes, sa ABS CBN Channel 2 , TV Plus , Skycable , Radio at iba pang media na pag aari ng ABS CBN .

1. Senator Pangilinan – Spouse is stockholder , Talent of ABS CBN with many years of broadcast , movies are shown earning fees and royalties

2. Senator Cayetano – The law office Cayetano Sebastian , is one of the law offices retained by ABS CBN , the law office where the late Rene Cayetano was founder and partner and Senators Allan Peter and Pia are also either partners or associates , Sebastian is husband of Pia Cayetano . The late former Senator Rene Cayetano had a long running television and radio show COMPANERO in ABS CBN

3. Senator Paquiao – Receives fees and royalties from boxing fights , had a tv show in ABS CBN

4. Senator Lapid – Stockholder , Talent with latest show Probinsyano where he received talent fees and royalties

5. Senator Poe – Producer of tv show at ABS CBN , mother Susan talent and appears on several shows, Movies of adoptive father are shown over ABS CBN with royalties received

6. Senator Revilla- Talent , movies are shown in ABS CBN , receives royalties

7. Senator Angara – Wife works as top executive in ABS CBN

8. Senator Recto – Wife then actress Vilma Santos had tv shows in ABS CBN , son Lucky Manzano has current tv show

9. Senator Sotto – TV show Eat Bulaga in Channel 2 , where he received fees and royalties, Sharon the niece is stockholder and Talent , brother Vic Sotto is talent with movies shown in ABS CBN

The pecuniary interest or benefits of all of the above, in ABS CBN TV, Radio, Cable, TV Plus, Pay Per view are of undeniable public knowledge and need not be proven any further. It is not only for possible criminal and administrative prosecution for graft that should motivate them from inhibiting but for the time honored principle of DELICADEZA that they should heed this humble request and suggestion.

Sa Katotohanan , lahat ng lumagda sa Resolution “expressing the sentiment of the Senate” ay nararapat rin na mag inhibit sa debate at botohan sapagkat meron na sila agad pagkiling o pre-judgement pabor sa ABS CBN sa kabila ng pag expire ng prangkisa nito at sa mga alegasyon ng mga violations nito na may sapat na katibayan na sa kasalukuyang nasa petition sa Supreme Court at nasa mga reklamo at resolution ng pag iimbistiga sa House of Representatives.

Very Respectfully Yours,


COVID 19 – Law Enforcers, Law Breakers -Liquor Ban, Social Distancing violations in PNP exec birthday party

19 pnp bday 2

Mañanita for the General

Philippine Daily Inquirer

May 16, 2020

Delicadeza” is a word of Spanish origin that, according to Education Secretary Leonor Briones in an essay written in 2009, “nearly everyone knows what it means (but) no one has bothered to come out with a standard definition, or translate it into law.” Still, the secretary points out that “delicadeza refers to behavior anchored on generally accepted moral standards,” and that “to be branded ‘without delicadeza’ is probably the strongest insult that one can hurl at a public official.”By that standard, the birthday party held last week for Maj. Gen. Debold Sinas, chief of the National Capital Region Police Office, could certainly be said to be lacking in “delicadeza.” Interior Secretary Eduardo Año said as much, describing the gathering Sinas preferred to call a “mañanita” as “a big no-no” at this time, and reminding government officials of the appropriate behavior expected of them (“Ito ’yung tinatawag nating delicadeza. May pagkakataon na kailangan maging example ka.”)

Related to “delicadeza” is “sensitivity,” a sense of propriety born out of an awareness of the impact of one’s actions on others, especially the general public. Where does delicadeza figure in the early morning celebration to mark the day when, according to Sinas’ baffling self-defense, “God aggrandize (sic) his love for me and my family”?

It hardly helps that these quarantine orders have been enforced with harsh discipline and a chilling show of force. Communities have been hemmed in by police checkpoints, and just stepping out of one’s residence without a face mask can result in immediate arrest, humiliation, and punishment. Gathering in groups is also punished even if, as in Marikina recently, the “gathering” consisted of NGO workers offering free meals. And yet, just to add to the confusion, some local governments see no problem with summoning recipients of government aid to distribution centers where long queues and crowded interiors await them. So much for social distancing.

This is why Sinas’ birthday celebration has raised hackles. Officers and personnel, more than 50 by some counts, gathered in the early morning hours to serenade Sinas, even gifting him with roses and a birthday cake. True, most everyone was wearing a face mask, but the general took his mask off to blow out the candles on his cake (and thereby spreading the virus, if he was an asymptomatic carrier). In a post on the NCRPO’s Facebook page (taken down later), photos showed Sinas mixing freely with his subordinates, many of whom were shown, mask-less, lining up before a buffet and then sharing a table with the general. In some photos, cans of beer were visible despite the liquor ban. Sinas subsequently apologized, but claimed some photos were “manipulated.” Later, he went back to insisting there was nothing wrong with his birthday soiree (“Wala pong mali doon”).

What sticks in the craw is the sense of impunity: While the police are the main enforcers of the lockdown, they have also been shown to be among the first to violate the guidelines, and to be blithe about it. PNP chief Archie Gamboa, for one, was quick to defend Sinas’ conduct. But as Supreme Court Associate Justice Marvic Leonen tweeted: “Parties are mass gatherings. It is insensitive to hold one.”

Ordinary folk must stew in frustration and helplessness as long as the contagion sticks around. But the luckier few can “aggrandize” their positions and personal fancies without fear of retribution. Story of the Philippines even in the time of COVID-19.