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Congress House Committee, Ibinasura na ang ABS-CBN Franchise Application!

Hindi na pinporma ng House Committee on Legislative Franchises ang franchise application ng isa sa pinakamalaking TV network sa bansa, ang ABS-CBN.

Ayon sa ulat ng Technical Working Group’s (TWG) Committee, may mga naging paglabag ang Kapamilya network sa kanilang prangkisa. Ilan sa mga ito ay ang hindi magandang labor practices sa isyasyon, tax avoidance scheme, pangingialam sa politika at marami pang iba. Magugunita na nasilip din ng kongreso ang dual citizenship ni ABS-CBN Chairman Eugenio Lopez III.

“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,” sabi sa resolusyon ng komite.

Hindi rin daw pwedeng gamitin ang isyu ng press freedom sa pag-a-apply ng prangkisa.

“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,” dagdag pa sa resolusyon.

Magugunita na noong ika-5 ng Mayo ay tumigil sa pag-ere ng ABS-CBN matapos mapaso ang kanilang prangkisa at ipag-utos ng National Telecommunication Commission (NTC) ang pagtigil ng broadcast nito.

Source: GMA News

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