House panel rejects ABS-CBN's 25-year franchise renewal bid

MANILA, Philippines – The House of Representatives has rejected the franchise application of the country's biggest media network ABS-CBN Corp.

House panel rejects ABS-CBN's 25-year franchise renewal bid

On Friday, July 10, the Committee on Legislative Franchises and ex-officio members voted in favor of the recommendation of the technical working group (TWG) to deny the 25-year franchise of the Kapamilya network.

70 lawmakers agree on TWG recommendation while only 11 in favor of ABS-CBN's renewal bid. Two congressmen inhibited and 1 opted to abstain.

RESULTS COUNT Percentage
YES 70 83%
NO 11 13%
INHIBIT 2 2%
ABSTAIN 1 1%
TOTAL 84
VERDICT REJECTED

Here's a list on how lawmakers voted on ABS-CBN's franchise renewal:

NO. NAME DISTRICT VOTE
1 Abante, Bienvenido Jr. M. Manila, 6th District NO
2 Aragones, Sol Laguna, 3rd District NO
3 Bolilia, Lianda B. Batangas, 4th District NO
4 Bordado, Gabriel Jr. H. Camarines Sur, 3rd District NO
5 De Venecia, Christopher V.P. Pangasinan, 4th District NO
6 Hataman, Mujiv S. Basilan, Lone District NO
7 Maceda, Edward Vera   Perez Manila, 4th District NO
8 Quimbo, Stella Luz A. Marikina City, 2nd District NO
9 Santos-Recto, Vilma Batangas, 6th District NO
10 Tejada, Jose "Ping-Ping" I. North Cotabato, 3rd District NO
11 Zarate, Carlos Isagani T. Party List - BAYAN MUNA NO
12 Abu, Raneo "Ranie" E. Batangas, 2nd District YES
13 Abueg-Zaldivar, Cyrille "Beng" F. Palawan, 2nd District YES
14 Acosta, Gil "Kabarangay Jr." A. Palawan, 3rd District YES
15 Albano, Antonio "Tonypet" T. Isabela, 1st District YES
16 Alfonso, Samantha Louise Vargas Cagayan, 2nd District YES
17 Arroyo, Juan Miguel Macapagal Pampanga, 2nd District YES
18 Bagatsing, Cristal L. Manila, 5th District YES
19 Baronda, Julienne "Jam" L. Iloilo City, Lone District YES
20 Barzaga, Elpidio Jr. F. Cavite, 4th District YES
21 Bautista, Claudine Diana D. Party List - DUMPER PTDA YES
22 Bondoc, Juan Pablo "Rimpy" P. Pampanga, 4th District YES
23 Castelo, Precious Hipolito Quezon City, 2nd District YES
24 Chipeco, Joaquin Jr. M. Calamba City, Lone District YES
25 Collantes, Ma.Theresa V. Batangas, 3rd District YES
26 Crisologo, Anthony Peter "Onyx" D. Quezon City, 1st District YES
27 Duterte, Paolo Z. Davao City, 1st District YES
28 Dy, Faustino Michael Carlos III T. Isabela, 5th District YES
29 Dy, Faustino V "Inno" A. Isabela, 6th District YES
30 Dy, Ian Paul L. Isabela, 3rd District YES
31 Estrella, Conrado III M. Party List - ABONO YES
32 Fariñas, Ria Christina G. Ilocos Norte, 1st District YES
33 Fernandez, Dan S. Laguna, 1st District YES
34 Fernando, Bayani F. Marikina City, 1st District YES
35 Ferrer, Luis IV   "Jon-Jon" A. Cavite, 6th District YES
36 Garcia, Pablo John F. Cebu, 3rd District YES
37 Garin, Janette L. Iloilo, 1st District YES
38 Garin, Sharon S. Party List - AAMBIS-OWA YES
39 Gatchalian, Weslie Valenzuela City, 1st District YES
40 Gonzales, Aurelio Jr.   "Dong" D. (Allan Ty) Pampanga, 3rd District YES
41 Gullas, Eduardo "Eddie" R. Cebu, 1st District YES
42 Hernandez, Ferdinand   L. (J. F. Nograles) South Cotabato, 2nd District YES
43 Herrera-Dy,   Bernadette "BH" Party List - BH YES
44 Hofer, Ann K. Zamboanga Sibugay, 2nd District YES
45 Lacson-Noel, Josephine Veronique R. (A. Calixto) Malabon City, Lone District YES
46 Madrona, Eleandro Jesus F. Romblon, Lone District YES
47 Malapitan, Dale "Along" R. Caloocan City, 1st District YES
48 Mangudadatu, Esmael G. Maguindanao, 2nd District YES
49 Marcoleta, Rodante D. Party List - SAGIP YES
50 Martinez, Eric M. Valenzuela City, 2nd District YES
51 Mendoza, Raymond Democrito C. Party List - TUCP YES
52 Nieto, John Marvin "Yul Servo" C. Manila, 3rd District YES
53 Nograles, Jericho Jonas B. Party List - PBA YES
54 Oaminal, Henry S. Misamis Occidental, 2nd District YES
55 Paduano, Joseph   Stephen "Caraps" S. Party List - ABANG LINGKOD YES
56 Palma, Wilter "Sharky" II Wee Zamboanga Sibugay, 1st District YES
57 Pichay, Prospero Jr. A. (Gonzales, Sandro ) Surigao del Sur, 1st   District YES
58 Pimentel, Johnny Ty   (F. Matugas) Surigao del Sur, 2nd District YES
59 Pineda, Enrico A. Party List - 1-PACMAN YES
60 Puno, Roberto V. (Mike Defensor) Antipolo City, 1st District YES
61 Remulla, Jesus Crispin C. Cavite, 7th District YES
62 Revilla, Strike B. Cavite, 2nd District YES
63 Romero, Michael L., Ph.D. (F. Datol) Party List - 1-PACMAN YES
64 Romualdez, Ferdinand Martin G. Leyte, 1st District YES
65 Romualdez, Yedda Marie K. Party List - TINGOG SINIRANGAN YES
66 Romualdo, Xavier Jesus D. Camiguin, Lone District YES
67 Savellano, Deogracias Victor "DV" B. Ilocos Sur, 1st District YES
68 Siao, Frederick W. Iligan City, Lone District YES
69 Singson, Jose Jr. "Bonito" C. Party List - PROBINSYANO AKO YES
70 Sy-Alvarado, "Kuya" Jose Antonio R. Bulacan, 1st District YES
71 Tan, Sharee Ann T. Samar, 2nd District YES
72 Teves, Arnolfo Jr. "Arnie" A. Negros Oriental, 3rd District YES
73 Tolentino, Abraham "Bambol" N. Cavite, 8th District YES
74 Unabia, Christian S. Misamis Oriental, 1st District YES
75 Valeriano, Rolando M. Manila, 2nd District YES
76 Villafuerte, Luis   Raymund Jr. "LRay" F. Camarines Sur, 2nd District YES
77 Villar, Camille A. Las Piñas City, Lone District YES
78 Yap, Eric Go Party List - ACT-CIS YES
79 Yu, Divina Grace C. Zamboanga del Sur, 1st District YES
80 Mercado, Roger G. Southern Leyte, Lone District YES
81 Tan, Alyssa Sheena P. Isabela, 4th District YES
82 Vargas, Alfred D. Quezon City, 5th District INHIBITED
83 Violago, Micaela S. Nueva Ecija, 2nd District INHIBITED
84 Garbin, Alfredo Jr. A. Party List - AKO BICOL ABSTAIN

SEE ALSO: POLL RESULTS: 92-percent believe ABS-CBN deserves fresh franchise

The committee voted to "deny the application of ABS-CBN Corporation for a franchise to construct, install, establish, operate and maintain radio and broadcasting stations in the Philippines."

"By no means can this franchise application be related to press freedom," according to the findings of the TWG.

ABS-CBN can file a motion for reconsideration or refile its franchise application.

Section 40 of the House Rules states that a committee member may still move for the reconsideration of the measure during the same meeting or on the succeeding day after the meeting, if ABS-CBN files a motion for reconsideration.

On May 5, the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) issued cease and desist order following the expiration of ABS-CBN Corp. franchise.

The CDO covers 42 television stations operated by ABS-CBN across the country, including the main ABS-CBN Network, ABS-CBN Sports and Action, ten digital broadcast channels, 18 FM stations, and five AM stations.

On June 13, cable-and-satellite channel named Kapamilya Channel was launched resuming the productions of ABS-CBN's dramas and live entertainment shows and airing its entertainment, educational and current affairs programming, along with temporary movie blocks.

On June 30, the NTC and Solicitor General Jose Calida issued an alias CDO to stop operations of ABS-CBN TV Plus for its digital free-to-air channels on UHF Channel 43 in Metro Manila and some provinces. The agency also issued CDO against Direct Broadcast Satellite Service of ABS-CBN's affiliate Sky Cable Corporation.

The last time ABS-CBN was shutdown by the government was in 1972 under the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos.

— The Summit Express


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