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Solgen Calida, Nagbunyi sa Pagbasura sa ABS-CBN Franchise Application!

Pinuri ni Solicitor General Jose Calida ang naging hakbang ng kongreso laban sa prangkisa ng ABS-CBN. Magugunita na kahapon ay ibinasura ng mababang kapulungan ang franchise application ng Kapamilya network.

“The decision of the house of representative committee on legislative franchises to deny the franchise application of ABS-CBN was arrived at after a thorough, exhaustive, and painstaking consideration of all argumaents… Congress has done its jobe well… Justice has been served.” sabi ni SolGen Calida.

Matatandaang naghain si SolGen Calida ng quo warranto petition laban sa prangkisa ng ABS-CBN noong unang bahagi ng 2020.

Pinasalamatan ni Calida ang mga kongresista at sinabi na hindi pagkitil sa kalayaan ng pamamahayag ang naging pasya ng kongreso.

Ilan sa mga isyung naungkat ng kongreso ay ang dual citizenship of ABS-CBN Chairman Emeritus Eugenio “Gabby” Lopez III, alleged tax-avoidance, kuwestiyonableng labor practices, biased na reporting 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,” ayon sa report ng Technical Working Group’s (TWG) Committee.

Source: ABS-CBN | CNN Philippines

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