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

    MANILA, Philippines – Nine out of ten respondents believe that ABS-CBN Corporation deserves a fresh franchise to continue providing service for the Filipinos, result of The Summit Express' one-day poll revealed on July 6.

    92-percent believe ABS-CBN deserves fresh franchise

    On Sunday, July 5, The Summit Express ran a poll to get the pulse of readers on what should be the verdict of the House of Representatives in the series of hearings to grant or deny the 25-year franchise of ABS-CBN.

    Around thirteen thousand (13K) readers responded from near 100,000 individuals that have been reached to express their support or opposition to the franchise renewal of the Kapamilya Network

    We asked our readers and followers on Facebook:

    House set to decide on ABS-CBN franchise renewal.

    Do you believe that the Kapamilya Network is deserving to continue providing service to the Filipinos?
    Posted by The Summit Express on Sunday, July 5, 2020

    92-percent or 11,900 are in favor of ABS-CBN and answered "YES! Definitely" while only 8-percent or 1,000 said "NO. We don't need them."

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

    The House Committee on Legislative Franchises, composed of 46 congressmen, are expected to weigh on the importance of ABS-CBN as the network having farthest and widest reach across the archipelago, pioneer and with huge investment on digital television, jobs of 11,000 worker to include those from its subsidiaries, and impact to the economy if Kapamilya Network entirely shuts down.

    READ: ABS-CBN franchise renewal: who will vote, process, results

    With the aid of Committee on Good Government and Public Accountability, the House hearing led by Palawan Rep. Franz “Chicoy” Alvarez, aims for fair, impartial, comprehensive, and thorough investigation.

    The Committee on Good Government and Public Accountability is headed by Bulacan First District Representative Jose Antonio Sy-Alvarado with its vice chairpersons Cavite Seventh District Representative Jose Crispin Remulla and ANAKALUSUGAN Partylist Representative Michael Defensor.

    On Monday, the Lower House tackled the alleged media bias of ABS-CBN in reference to the un-aired political advertisements of President Rodrigo Duterte and the grievances of some politicians on twisted reporting.

    In the previous hearings, the House investigated the media conglomerate's ownership concerns, citizenship of ABS-CBN chairman emeritus Gabby Lopez, legalities of ABS-CBN's issuance of PDRs or Philippine Depositary Receipts, network closure during Marcos regime and return to the Lopez family and the constitutional 50-year limit on congressional franchise.

    Also tackled in the past hearings were the blocktime agreement with AMCARA Broadcasting Network and the alleged labor and tax issues.

    The National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) on May 5 issued cease and desist order following the expiration of ABS-CBN Corp. franchise. The network immediately complied to the rule and signed off the air at 7:52 pm following the news program TV Patrol.

    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 Summit Express

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