JUNE 13, 2019 — House Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo refused to comment on the House of Representatives freezing the bill which seeks to renew the legislative franchise of media giant ABS-CBN Corporation.
“I have no comment. Congress is finished. Our sessions are over,” Arroyo said.
Should it fail to renew its franchise, which expires on March 20, 2020, ABS-CBN may be compelled to shut down.
Its rival stations have already renewed their legislative franchises.
The Committee on Legislative Franchises have not released a report before the adjournment of the third and last regular session of the 17th Congress, June 11.
The radio-television network may file its renewal on the opening of the 18th Congress, July 22.
A lawmaker who wanted to remain anonymous told The Philippine Star that President Rodrigo Duterte’s complaints against ABS-CBN may hinder its franchise renewal.
Duterte has lambasted the network for allegedly refusing to run his 2016 election campaign advertisement. Instead, it showed the ad of his top critic, Sen. Antonio Trillanes.