5-Month ABS-CBN Provisional Franchise? Here’s What Sotto Has To Say

Senate Pres Sotto Questions 5-Month ABS-CBN Provisional Franchise Bid

5-MONTH ABS-CBN PROVISIONAL FRANCHISE – Senate President Vicente Sotto III questioned the House Bid of a temporary franchise Renewal of ABS-CBN.

Yesterday, the lower chamber of Congress passed on the second approved the second reading of ABS-CBN’s franchise renewal bill. This bill would grant the media company a franchise until the end of October.

However, Sotto questioned why the franchise would only be granted for five months. According to an article from Inquirer, Sotto stated:

Tito Sotto
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Bakit yung franchise na ina-approve ng House e five months? Ngayon lang ako nakarinig ng five months na franchise. Twenty-five years kung 25 years. Bakit five months?

On May 5, ABS-CBN was shut down by the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC). This sparked a wide debate between the Senate, NTC, and the Franchise itself.

5-Month ABS-CBN Provisional Franchise? Here's What Sotto Has To Say
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Meanwhile, Sotto emphasized that if the network should be reinstated a franchise, it should be for a renewal of another 25 years. As per the article, Sotto said the hearings on ABS-CBN’s franchise could start next week.

Kung hindi maaabala yung committee of the whole namin ng Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, any of those three days, pwede nang pagusapan on second reading. Yun ang nakikita ko.

He added in May 25, the second reading or the latest reading on that same week. Furthermore, Sotto stated that would be the fastest and most effective process.

Since the shut down of ABS-CBN, the media company and its flagship program “TV PATROL” found its new home online. After ABS-CBN went off-air, TV PATROL Live in Facebook and YouTube gained millions of viewers.

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