Here’s what Rep. Defensor said about the new ABS-CBN Franchise Bill
Anakalusugan Rep. Mike Defensor said that there is one thing that should be done first before the new ABS-CBN Franchise Bill will push through.
Senate President Vicente Sotto III filed the said new bill in the upper chamber aiming to renew the franchise for the Kapamilya network.
Following this, House Deputy Speaker Vilma Santos-Recto expressed that she will also file a franchise bill for ABS-CBN in the lower chamber as a counterpart.
In line with this, Defensor, as the vice chairman of the House committee on legislative franchises said that this matter is still an “unfinished business”, based on the article from Inquirer.
It is because it is still in the lower chamber despite the fact that 70 lawmakers signed against it. “Pagdating dito sa Kongreso, ang sinasabi ng aming rules, that if there is a bill that is not approved, it is laid on the table. Again, it is part of parliamentary courtesy na hindi siya pinapatay,” Defensor said.
He reiterated that the bill is technically “laid on the table but it’s technically voted down.” With this, he said that the previous bills should be withdrawn first in order to give way to the new ABS-CBN franchise bill.
“Ano ang pinakamadaling solusyon kung gusto nila ulit simulan ito para sa committee? Lahat ng mga original na nag-author from Day 1, yung labindalawa na gumawa ng renewal of franchise should all withdraw and a new franchise law should be filed,” the party-list representative stressed.
Based on the report, under the 1987 Constitution, private bills that included the granting and renewal of franchises should originate from the House before it will be raised to the Senate.
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