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Duterte to ABS-CBN: ‘I will see to it that you are out’

Duterte to ABS-CBN: ‘I will see to it that you are out’

By: Darryl John Esguerra
Philippine Daily Inquirer

MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte has renewed his threat to block the franchise renewal of television giant ABS-CBN.

Duterte, speaking before newly-appointed officials in Malacañang on Tuesday, said the television network should not expect its franchise to be renewed once it expires in March 2020.

“If you are expecting na ma-renew ‘yan (franchise), I am sorry. I will see to it that you are out,” Duterte said.

(If you are expecting that your franchise will be renewed, I am sorry. I will see to it that you are out.)

Duterte has repeatedly said in his public speeches that he would hinder the renewal of ABS-CBN’s franchise for not airing his 2016 election advertisement and for alleged biased reporting.

Bills seeking to extend ABS-CBN’s franchise remained pending in the House Committee on Legislative Franchises as Palawan Rep. Franz Alvarez, the panel’s chair, has not tabled the measure for discussion.

More recently, House Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano, a known Duterte ally, admitted he had personal objections to the renewal of the franchise of ABS-CBN but promised that the House of Representatives would be “fair” to the broadcast giant.

Cayetano was Duterte’s running mate in the 2016 elections.

Under the law, radio and television broadcasters are required to seek a franchise from Congress, pursuant to Republic Act No. 3846.

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  • House won’t tackle ABS-CBN franchise renewal bill this year – solon

    By CNN Philippines Staff

    Published Dec 4, 2019 10:41:52 AM


    Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, December 4) — The House of Representatives will not act on bills seeking to renew the franchise of major television network ABS-CBN until the year ends, a lawmaker said Wednesday.

    House Committee on Legislative Franchises Chairman Franz Alvarez told CNN Philippines on Wednesday that his panel has no scheduled hearings until Congress adjourns for the Christmas break on December 20.

    This is contrary to the statement of House Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano in October that a House panel will tackle the renewal by yearend.

    All franchise bills must first be approved by the House before they go to the Senate. ABS-CBN's franchise will expire on March 30, 2020 unless Congress and the President approve a new one. Five bills have been filed to extend the franchise for another 25 years.

    President Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday said he will personally make sure the TV network will be out of business when its license to operate expires.

    "Ang inyong franchise mag-end next year [Your franchise will end next year]. If you are expecting na ma-renew 'yan [a renewal], I'm sorry. You're out. I will see to it that you're out," said Duterte in a speech.

    The President has repeatedly slammed the network since 2018 for supposedly failing to air his presidential campaign advertisements in 2016.

    ABS-CBN would be forced to shut down if it fails to secure a fresh 25-year franchise from Congress, which is currently dominated by Duterte’s allies.

    The TV network, one of the largest in the country, had 6,730 regular employees, 900 non-regular employees and 3,325 talents at the end of 2018, according to its report to the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Philippine Stock Exchange.

    CNN Philippines correspondent Xianne Arcangel contributed to the report.

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  • Duterte's threats vs ABS-CBN franchise renewal
    December 5, 2019 - 8:09am
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    The Human Rights Watch calls out President Rodrigo Duterte for "misusing" the government’s regulatory powers "to settle a score" with ABS-CBN.

    Duterte, this week, threatened to shut down the TV network for the third time, accusing it of unfair reporting and allegedly taking his advertising money in the 2016 elections but then failing to run his political ads.

    "But perhaps the real reason for these threats is ABS-CBN’s critical reporting of Duterte, particularly his murderous 'war on drugs.' The network has aired and published award-winning reports on the extrajudicial killings of thousands of suspected drug dealers and users by the police," HRW Asia Division Researcher Carlos Conde says.

    "These actions are part of a broader crackdown on media outlets and civil society groups that dare criticize him. Philippine congress members should resist the president’s effort to shut down ABS-CBN. Appeasing a vindictive president who is hell-bent on frustrating accountability for his policies will have far-reaching implications for media freedom, human rights, and democracy in the Philippines."

    President Duterte threatens not to renew ABS-CBN's franchise, his latest in what critics call a string of verbal attacks against dissenting media.



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    Duterte BFF Villar casts a moist eye on ABS-CBN as franchise expiration nears



    The country’s richest man is reportedly interested in taking a stake in the country’s largest media company ABS-CBN Broadcasting Corp.

    A source from the Lopez group which owns majority of ABS-CBN revealed that Villar was interested in the broadcast giant both for business and political purposes.

    The source said a top Villar official has been widely quoted as saying publicly that the former senator has both the motive and the means to take over ABS-CBN if it was available for the taking.

    ABS-CBN is widely seen as a kingmaker in past elections owing to its dominance in television news and programs.

    A takeover of ABS-CBN could prove vital to Villar, chair of the Nacionalista Party, who lost in the 2010 presidential elections and whose wife and children were knee deep in politics – wife Cynthia is a senator, son Mark is public works secretary and daughter Camille is a congresswoman.

    Other bilyonaryos such as Ramon S. Ang, Enrique K. Razon, Manuel V. Pangilinan of Salim Group, and Dennis Uy have reportedly taken a whiff at ABS-CBN with the Lopezes under increasing pressure to renew its franchise which would end on March 2020.

    Pastor Apollo Quiboloy of Sonshine Media has also set his sights on ABS-CBN but nobody was taking him seriously.

    President Rodrigo Duterte declared last week announced that he would make sure ABS-CBN’s franchise would not be extended. “If you are expecting na ma-renew ‘yan, I’m sorry you’re out,” said Duterte.

    But pundits believe that it was still possible the franchise would be extended if ABS-CBN took in a new owner. specifically one was in better terms with Duterte like Villar (Duterte declared he would campaign for Villar if he ran for president in 2022).

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    Manny Villar takam na takam sa ABS-CBN


    INTERESADO umano si dating Senador Manny Villar na tumaya para makuha ang pinakamalaking media company na ABS-CBN na nalalapit na mapaso ang prangkisa sa Marso 2020.

    Ayon sa isang insider mula sa Lopez Group na nagmamay-ari ng mayorya ng share ng ABS-CBN, intresado umano si Villar sa kompanya para sa negosyo at para sa politika.

    Sinabi pa ng insider na ang mataas na opisyal ni Villar ang nagsabi na ito lamang ang may kakayahan at motibo na mag-takeover ng ABS-CBN kung available na ito na palitan.

    Nabatid na ang ABS-CBN ang itinuturing na ‘kingmaker’ sa mga nakalipas na halalan dahil sa pangunguna ng television news at programa.

    Ang pag-takeover sa ABS-CBN ay maha­laga kay Villar na chairman ng Nacionalista Party na natalo sa 2010 presidential elections at ang asawa at anak ay pawang mga politiko.

    Ang kanyang asawa na si Cynthia ay senador habang ang anak niyang si Mark ay secretary ng Department of Public Works and Highways habang si Camille ay congresswoman.

    Ang ibang bilyonaryo tulad nina Ramon S. Ang, Enrique K. Razon, Manuel V. Pangilinan ng Salim Group, at Dennis Uy ay napapabalitang intresado rin sa ABS-CBN.

    Maging si Pastor Apollo Quiboloy ng Sonshine Media ay nagpahayag rin ng interes pero walang sumeryoso sa kanya.

    Una nang idineklara ni Pangulong Rodrigo Duterte na hindi na bibigyan ng extension ang prangkisa ng ABS-CBN.

    “If you are expecting na ma-renew ‘yan, I’m sorry you’re out,” ayon kay Duterte.

    Sinubukang kunan ng reaksyon ng Abante ang kampo ni Villar subalit dedma sila sa nasabing balita.


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