After a series of hearings, the House of Representatives Committee on Legislative Franchises denies the franchise bid of the media giant ABS-CBN.
Everyone has been waiting for the decision today, people are praying for a good outcome most especially those who work for the company. Palawan 1st District Rep. Franz Alvarez, the chairperson of the House committee announced that 70-11 vote has been made to deny the franchise. 70 congressmen voted yes based the on the Technical Working Group’s report recommending the shutdown of the said network. 11 voted against the report, 2 inhibited and 1 abstained.
The past 12 House hearings have discussed the following issues: the citizenship of ABS-CBN chair Gabby Lopez; possible violation of the constitutional prohibition against ownership and management of mass media by foreigners; use of Philippine Depositary Receipts; questionable and unjust, tax avoidance schemes; ABS-CBN’s apparent use of a dummy; and ABS-CBN’s less-than-exemplary labor practices.
Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano described the committee’s work as fair and unbiased. He said,
Because of the highly partisan nature of this issue, we accepted from the start that there would be those who will vehemently disagree with the committee’s decision, no matter what they resolve.
According to House Deputy Minority Leader and Bayan Muna Rep. Carlos Zarate, there is a rule where a lawmaker who voted with the majority—in this specific case (ABS CBN franchise), a person who voted against the franchise renewal—can file a motion for reconsideration. He said
One remedy is when a member file[s] for a motion for reconsideration, but not everybody can file a motion for reconsideration. Only a member who voted with the majority can vote for motion for reconsideration,
The motion for reconsideration will be heard in the same meeting if it’s raised in the same meeting or if it is raised on the same day on writing, it should be calendared by the committee for a hearing.
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