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ABS-CBN Employees, Talents, Supporters Gather To Call For Franchise Renewal

ABS-CBN – On Friday evening, employees, talents, and supporters of the ABS-CBN network gathered to call for the renewal of the company’s broadcast franchise.

The franchise of the largest entertainment and broadcasting company in the Philippines, ABS-CBN, is yet to be renewed by Congress. The media company also operates other brands such as DZMM Teleradyo, ABS-CBN Sports and Action, Myx, Jeepney TV, global channel TFC, Metro Channel, ABS-CBN News Channel or ANC, Cinema One, and Knowledge Channel.

Weeks before the franchise of the media network expires, Solicitor General Jose Calida filed a petition before the Supreme Court to revoke its existing contract. This is the first time the company has to go through problems with franchise renewal.

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In a previous article, Palace spokesperson Salvador Panelo said Rodrigo Roa Duterte’s threats against the Kapamilya network should not be taken literally. He said the president only wants to “shut down” the company’s alleged “fraudulent practices.”

The spokesperson said the 74-year-old chief executive is just angry with the network’s alleged failure to air his campaign ads during the 2016 election and of airing Senator Antonio Trillanes’ anti-Duterte ads.

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Photo Source: @ABS-CBN FB

Lots of people including the celebrities have called on President Rodrigo Roa Duterte to show compassion to all the ABS-CBN employees. Based on a report from Rappler, the Senate public service committee will tackle the company’s franchise problem on Monday, February 24.

Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano stated that the House is likely to delay the hearings of the media network’s franchise until May or August, even if their franchise is already expiring on March 30, 2020.

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Photo Source: @ABS-CBN FB

On Friday evening, ABS-CBN employees, talent, and supporters gather around the tv network’s compound to call for the renewal of its franchise. The video was shared on the company’s official Facebook Page.

Watch the video below:

ABS-CBN’s video with its employees and talents elicited mixed reactions from the online community. Here are some of their comments on the post:

@Pimoh Daimaoh: “malamang 85% diyan puro CONTRACTUALS good luck sa retirement nyo Kapamilya”

@Albert Paglingayen: “For me, the alleged violations are not enough to shut ABS-CBN. Reprimand if that’s what others want but never ever put down a network that has been a huge part of our history and changed our lives”

@RuelDogdog Doring: “KEEP FIGHTING ABS-CBN KAPAMILYA, WE LOVE AND SUPPORT ABS-CBN SHUTDOWN.”

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