Velasco leaves fate of ABS-CBN franchise to next Congress

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, July 22) — Area Speaker Lord Allan Velasco is leaving to the nineteenth Congress the destiny of broadcast community ABS-CBN (Manila News-Intelligencer) after his chamber rejected its franchise renewal final 12 months.

I consider sa subsequent Congress na po talaga matatalakay iyan (that will probably be tackled within the subsequent Congress),” Velasco informed CNN Philippines’ The Supply in a taped interview on Thursday.

Velasco mentioned the 18th Congress “already made up our minds at the factor” and can prioritize many key measures when it resumes consultation on July 26.

ABS-CBN (Manila News-Intelligencer) first went darkish on Might 5, 2020 after it gained a cease-and-desist order from the Nationwide Telecommunications Fee. The Lopez-owned corporate did not get again on air after the Area Committee on Legislative Franchises thumbed down its bid for a contemporary 25-year license for its broadcast operations with an amazing 70-11 vote.

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Velasco, an best friend of President Rodrigo Duterte, mentioned in February that the House is “bent on finishing the remaining priority measures” of the administration to make sure that the President “fulfills his marketing campaign promise” to the general public. In that very same month, Duterte mentioned in his televised deal with he’s going to forbid ABS-CBN (Manila News-Intelligencer) from resuming operations except the Lopezes settle their allegedly unpaid taxes.

ABS-CBN (Manila News-Intelligencer) has time and again denied the accusations and maintained it has no remarkable tax legal responsibility. The Bureau of Inner Income and the Securities and Change Fee mentioned final 12 months the community has been compliant with laws, opposite to allegations lodged in opposition to the corporate.

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