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ABS-CBN Franchise Renewal, Bubuhayin? Senate President Sotto, Naghain na ng Panukalang Batas!

Naghain ng panukalang batas si Senate President Tito Sotto para sa renewal ng prangkisa ng ABS-CBN. Paliwanag ni Sotto, unti-unti na daw bunababa ang kalidad ng programa ng ilang istasyon dahil sa pagkawala ng Kapamilya network.

“I noticed TV stations have been replacing their news programs with Animes. It means competition is absent and mediocrity is creeping in because of the absence of a strong competitor like ABS-CBN,” boladas ni Sotto.

Magugunita na noong nakaraang taon ay ibinasura ng kongreso ang franchise application ng media giant dahil sa mga nakitang mga kuwestiyonableng aktibidades ng kumpanya. Ilan sa mga sinita ng mga kongresista ay ang unfair labor practices, tax avoidance scheme, at iba pa.

“It is what it is — a denial of a privilege granted by the State because the applicant was seen as undeserving of the grant of a legislative franchise. By no means can this franchise application be related to press freedom. If it were so, then all applicants for legislative franchises covering mass media could simply claim such freedom and force the hand of this Committee each time…. It is what it is — a denial of a privilege granted by the State because the applicant was seen as undeserving of the grant of a legislative franchise. By no means can this franchise application be related to press freedom. If it were so, then all applicants for legislative franchises covering mass media could simply claim such freedom and force the hand of this Committee each time… Such a scenario is totally inconsistent with the nature of legislative franchises as a mere privilege and never a matter of right. Wherefore, in view of the foregoing, the technical working group respectfully recommends the DENIAL of the franchise application of ABS CBN Corporation,” saad sa resolusyon ng kongreso.

Matatandaang ilang beses pinagbantaan ni Pangulong Rodrigo Roa Duterte na haharangin niya ang franchise renewal ng nasabing istasyon. Ilan sa mga dahilang ng Presidente ay ang hindi pagpapalabas ng kaniyang campaign advertisement noong 2016 election season at pag-ere ng ABS-CBN sa anti-DU30 commercial ni former senator Antonio Trillanes.

Source: ABS-CBN

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