Bong Go urges fellow lawmakers on ABS-CBN franchise issue: 'Vote according to your conscience'
When asked how he would vote when the matter of the renewal of ABS-CBN’s franchise reaches the Upper House, Senator Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go said he would “vote according to conscience.”
ABS-CBN currently faces an uncertain future as its current authority to broadcast is in question after Solicitor General Jose Calida filed in the Supreme Court a quo warranto petition against ABS-CBN, saying it committed two grave violations of its existing franchise.
Go stressed, however, that any legislative action regarding franchise bills must emanate from the Lower House of Congress, according to the law. “If the Senate decides to start the discussions to look into compliance of ABS-CBN with their existing franchise… or to consider possible extension, I will participate to clear any pressing issues and I can assure the public that I will be fair and impartial.”
“Mas lalo natin pinapatagal, mas lalong umiinit ang isyu, pag usapan n’yo. Ito naman ang proseso — pag-usapan nyo, then papadala dito sa Senado (kung pumasa sa House), then the President will decide.” (The more we delay on this, the more intense the issue becomes, so discuss it. Because this is the process — talk about it, then send it here to the Senate (if it passes the House), then the President will decide.”
As for the provisional authority being pushed to allow ABS-CBN to operate beyond the expiry date of its franchise, Go said “Usually, kasi kapag dinidinig pa ‘yung franchise renewal ay hinahayaan na lang po nila na mag-continue sa pag-operate.” (Usually, when a franchise renewal is still being heard, they are allowed to continue operating.)
Meanwhile, Go questioned the joint resolution filed by Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon seeking to extend the franchise of ABS-CBN up to the end of 2022, asking “Bakit joint resolution? Bakit hindi na lang natin aprubahan o disapubahan (ang renewal ng franchise)? Bakit December 31, 2022, meron bang pulitika dito?” (Why a joint resolution? Why not just approve or disapprove (the franchise renewal)? Why December 31, 2022, is there politics involved here?)
“Vocal sya sa kanyang sama ng loob, pero wala siya inuutos kahit kanino. Ako bilang close to him, parati niya sinasabi na ‘Vote according to your conscience at unahin ang interes ng Pilipino,’” he said. (He is vocal about his resentments, but he doesn’t try to influence anyone. I, being close to him, he always tells me ‘Vote according to your conscience and put the interest of the Filipinos first.’)
He also said the action of the executive branch, in case the franchise of ABS-CBN lapses, should be fair and impartial as well.
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