Duterte accepts ABS-CBN apology, silent on franchise support

President Rodrigo Duterte, however, refused to say whether he will approve or reject the renewal of the TV network’s franchise.

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President Rodrigo Duterte, however, refused to say whether he will approve or reject the renewal of the TV network’s franchise.

Ang problema nitong sa[The problem here with the] SolGen, once he makes an official statement that there is violation of law then I cannot just tell him to stop,” he said.He said the fate of ABS-CBN’s franchise lies with Congress, adding that the “critical move” is with the House of Representatives which is yet to hold a single hearing on bill seeking a new franchise.

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Duterte said he has never and will not interfere in congressional deliberations on the issue.House Committee on Legislative Franchises vice chair Rep. Tonypet Albano said Duterte's acceptance of ABS-CBN's apology paves the way for a better timing for the House to take up the TV network's franchise and for them to have a"good hearing."

"In the coming days, weeks, and months, we expect to tackle this franchise bill and show the world that we as legislators in the House are fair, honest, and hard working to promulgate a justifiable and amicable decision for ABS-CBN and its employees," Albano said.

It is still not clear when the House will finally schedule ABS-CBN's franchise for hearing. Congress only has six session days to tacke the TV network's franchise before it goes on a break from March 14 to May 3.ABS-CBN's existing franchise expires May 4 — the same day Congress returns from a seven-week break..

ABS-CBN’s proposed franchise has yet to move in the House of Representatives, with the legislative franchises committee just beginning to receive comments about it, while the Supreme Court hason Calida’s quo warranto petition to March 10.The House formally asked Wednesday the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) to give ABS-CBN a

provisional permitso it can continue operating pending the renewal of its franchise.It also requested the same for ABS-CBN's subsidiaries and affiliates, including ABS-CBN Convergence, Sky Cable Corporation, and Amcara Broadcasting Network, Inc.Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra said this would be enough to make sure the network continues operating even beyond the expiry of franchise, but added that a similar move from the Senate would provide a “tougher armor” for the NTC in the event of a legal challenge.

Resolutions have been filed in both houses of Congress seeking to extend ABS-CBN’s franchise pending its renewal, but some Congress leaders said this is not needed as the NTC has granted provisional permits in the past even without the legislature’s action.

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A 1994 agreement between the House, the NTC and the media group Kapisanan ng mga Brodkaster ng Pilipinas provides a mechanism for media entities with expiring Congressional franchises.The memorandum of understanding states that the NTC"shall continue to issue and grant permits or authorizations to operate" for radio and TV stations for a two-year period as long as there is a pending bill seeking to renew its franchise.

However, former Chief Justice Reynato Puno said this, since a 2003 Supreme Court decision, which he himself penned, had ruled that there is a need for an existing license before a corporation can operate. Read more: CNN Philippines »

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ABSCBNNews From my own opinion. I one of the subscriber i want it to renew rather need it to renew the franchise. Because i care not only in terms of money valuing people is worth a million subscriber. Duterte says ABS-CBN should just donate the remaining ₱2.6-million the network owes him for its failure to air his political advertisements during the 2016 elections

SC is final arbiter in ABS-CBN franchise issue – LacsonThere is no changing the reality that the Supreme Court (SC) will decide if violations of the franchise law were committed and if Congress has the power to grant or deny the franchise. Now that the Senate has concluded its own investigation, dapat hinto ang komentaryo at salita na ng mga myembro ng Senado at pabayaan na ang Mababang Kongreso at Korte Suprema na magpasiya tungkol sa Prankisa ng ABS-CBN!

Cayetano says critics using budget, ABS-CBN franchise issues to oust himYesToReplaceCayetano Magbotohan sa KAMARA kung may confidence ang mga kongresista sa pamumuno nya. Nang mag kaalaman na.🤡 Wag nya na ibida yung SEA GAMES na walang kinalaman sa Speakership nya.🤡 And he's using his position power tripping speaker tinkerbelle.

Poe to ABS-CBN: Don’t be afraid, just report fairlySenator Grace Poe said ABS-CBN should not be afraid to report the news, even if it is critical of the government, as long as it is done fairly. | DYGalvezINQ DYGalvezINQ And you SenGracePOE should not be afraid to call out the sins of ABiaS CBN, even if your mother is their talent and they bought the TV rights of your father's movies. YesToABSCBNShutDown DYGalvezINQ Naks naman, Dont be afraid, anjan sa para ipagtanggol kayo. Para saan ang kapamilya dba. DYGalvezINQ Poe, you are not being FAIR. You are being biased LOL

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Zarate insists: NTC can give ABS-CBN interim license to persist operationsMANILA, Philippines — The National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) can grant broadcast giant ABS-CBN provisional authority to operate while its main franchise is yet to lapse, House Deputy NAMercadoINQ Star craft cheat : SHOW ME THE MONEY Bayad Mun : SHOW ME THE MONEY NAMercadoINQ WRONG!!!! Jurisprudence says NO. NAMercadoINQ YODA: Oh! Bend the law you will?

ABS-CBN franchise issue could have ‘chilling effect’ on other media firms – PoeSenator Grace Poe on Wednesday admitted that the issues facing broadcast network ABS-CBN could have a Congress and Senate - do your job and rapidly pass the bill renewing the franchise and let’s see if the president will kill it. All these speculations are not helping - when in fact, you are the ones who delayed it. ...who do not follow the laws of the republic. Kung law-abiding ka, walang problem...chill-chill lang. Puro BS talaga talaga ang mga politiko natin. Nabusalan lng ng pera wala na