Rep. France Castro says ABS-CBN franchise “laid on the table” only means temporary suspension of discussions.
ABS-CBN FRANCHISE – The franchise renewal application of ABS-CBN being “laid on the table” after junked by 70 lawmakers doesn’t mean it’s “killed”.
People have marked July 10, the date that the Congress have shut down the biggest network in the country, ABS-CBN, which caused the media company to let go of their 11,000 employees. The corporation’s broadcasting operations was stopped and despite 13 comprehensive and exhaustive congressional hearings, the renewal application got junked.
There were an an overwhelming 70 assenting votes recorded favoring the “Resolution Denying the Franchise Application of ABS-CBN Corporation to Construct, Install, Establish, Operate, and Maintain Radio and Broadcasting Stations in the Philippines”. Meanwhile, there have been 11 lawmakers who opposed but with the result of the voting, the application got laid on the table or “killed”, the term used upon after.
However, Rep. France Castro stated that the statement “laid on the table” doesn’t mean that the bill has been “killed”. Accordingly, it means that discussions were only suspended temporarily.
He said, “We have received a letter from the Committee on Legislative Franchises that our ABSCBN franchise bill has been ‘laid on the table’. But “laid on the table” doesn’t mean a bill has been killed. It simply means discussions are temporarily suspended.”
He furthered that they want the House plenary to decide over the bill. The junking of the application of the network has been historic as they proved innocence to all of the issues that have been thrown against them. They have proved no illegalities.
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