By: Elena Grace Flores
It’s not only Honda that left many Filipinos jobless but more than 11,000 people can lose their jobs if ABS-CBN ceases operation. This is not easy for their employees. Malacañang already said that job replacements are sufficient. A resolution can actually allow the network to continue despite a non-renewal of their franchise with all the restrictions. Bongbong Marcos can actually benefit from this since he’s obviously not a favorite of this media entity for the election 2022.
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DOJ: Resolution needed to allow ABS-CBN to still operate
Hope for ABS-CBN
ABS-CBN may continue to operate with an expired franchise. What would be the basis? A concurrent resolution of Congress. The Justice Department made this remark during a Senate hearing on the media giant’s alleged franchise violations.
If the Congress directs the National Telecommunications Commission to issue a provisional franchise, ABS-CBN lives temporarily. Some senators are calling for its renewal, Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra said. Guevarra attends the Senate Committee on Public Services inquiry into bills on ABS-CBN’s franchise renewal. They tackle the network’s violations.
Bongbong Marcos can Benefit from the Restrictions on ABS-CBN
Senator Allan Peter Cayetano said that ABS-CBN may be favoring political candidates in the past. Some also use them to destroy their opponents. Its closure during martial law by the father of Bongbong Marcos won’t give BBM the chance to get promoted by the network. However, some restrictions on the provision may force them to be Marcos-friendly.