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Cayetano Says ABS-CBN Franchise Hearing Will Begin Next Week

ABS-CBN – House speaker Alan Peter Cayetano said the hearing on ABS-CBN’s 25-year franchise will begin next week.

The largest tv network in the Philippines, ABS-CBN, went off the air on May 5, 2020. The National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) said the company committed several “violations.”

Its employees and loyal viewers were shocked by its untimely closure. Several celebrities immediately took to their social media accounts to express their concern for 11,000 workers who just lost their jobs amid the 2019 novel coronavirus pandemic.

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Photo Source: Twitter

Groups and netizens blamed Congress for not acting on the Kapamilya network’s franchise bill. It has been on the House of Representatives for months but was put on hold due to the pandemic.

House authors sent a letter to House speaker Alan Peter Cayetano asking him to start the hearing. When started working on ABS-CBN’ franchise issue, critic lawyer Larry Gadon said the speaker was allegedly railroading the bill.

Gadon even called for Cayetano’s resignation for leading his fellow congressmen to commit such violation. He said the speaker should have given all the lawmakers a time to review the bill.

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Photo Source: Philippine Star

Recently, Alan Peter Cayetano’s office released a statement regarding ABS-CBN’s franchise bill. The photo was shared on Inquirer’s Twitter account. In the press release statement, the speaker said the hearing will on granting the media network 25-year franchise will begin next week.

Read the full statement below:

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Photo Source: @inquirerdotnet Twitter
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Photo Source: @inquirerdotnet Twitter

Alan Peter Cayetano’s latest announcement regarding ABS-CBN’s franchise hearing elicited mixed reactions from the netizens. Here are some of their comments from the post:

@allegryofdcave: “Bakit next week? Tatamad tamad na naman kayo tapos ang laki ng sweldo at allowance nyo? Kaunting hiya naman!”

@Ashes_1977: “Feel na feel talaga ni Cayetano ang power nya sa ngayon.”

@LawAbidingCtzn1: “baka pwedeng nextyear na yan pag meron ng vaccine?! unahin muna ang laban sa covid kesa sa laban ng mga dilawan!”

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