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Call for ABS-CBN’s Franchise Renewal Intensified by Fans, International Journalists Group Pleads TV Network’s Survival

The call for ABS-CBN’s franchise renewal has snowballed, with fans of ABS-CBN network, international journalists, and even solons urging the Congress leadership to prioritize the TV network’s franchise bills on its agenda.

Members of fan groups Laban Kapamilya and Kapamilya Online Community have publicly showed their support to have ABS-CBN’s franchise renewed, following last week’s pronouncement of entertainment industry workers, including Coco Martin, Joel Lamangan, and Ricky Lee of Artists Task Force Chacha, of their appeal to the Lower House.

The fan groups joined the silent protest of the National Union of Journalists (NUJP), College Editors Guild of the Philippines, and Defend Job Philippines held outside the ABS-CBN compound in Quezon City last Friday to light candles and continue the petition for the granting of renewed franchise for the company.

A Paris-based organization of international journalists called Reporters Without Borders (RSF) also expressed their backing to the network, calling on the Philippine Congress to “ensure the survival of ABS-CBN . . . by renewing its franchise.”

“As the leading TV and radio network, offering independent, verified news and information free of charge to millions of citizens, ABS-CBN plays an absolutely fundamental democratic role in the Philippines,” said Daniel Bastard, head of RSF’s Asia-Pacific desk.

The organization urged Rep. Franz Alvarez, chair of the House committee on legislative franchises, to immediately put the renewal of ABS-CBN’s franchise on the House agenda. Bastard added, “The credibility of Philippine democracy and the balance between the different powers is at stake.”

Nine bills in total have been filed in Congress aimed at renewing the broadcast network’s franchise. Rep. Edcel Lagman also filed a resolution urging said House committee to “report without further delay” for plenary action a consolidated version of the pending bills seeking the renewal of ABS-CBN’s franchise.

However, Bayan Muna Representatives Carlos Zarate and Ferdinand Gaite pointed out that to date, the House panel chaired by Rep. Alvarez still has not set hearings on the ABS-CBN franchise bills, despite the House’s Lenten adjournment being scheduled on March 14.

“We hope that the Speaker and [Alvarez] can immediately remedy this and set a hearing for next week. Time is of the essence and we must assert the independence of the House and its stand to uphold press freedom,” Zarate said.

Speaker of the House Alan Peter Cayetano, meanwhile said in an interview last month that there is enough time to discuss the franchise bill in the Lower House.

Several other groups previously voiced support for the media company’s franchise renewal, including alliance groups Green Thumb Coalition and Philippine Movement for Climate Justice (PMCJ), highlighting ABS-CBN’s efforts to communicate the importance of environment protection and conservation through its relevant news reporting, educational shows, and public service programs.

Meanwhile, another media workers group Concerned Artists of the Philippines also called on their fellow actors, producers, and other media workers to “encourage more Filipinos to rally against what NUJP describes as a ‘rape of democracy.’”

21 Comments on Call for ABS-CBN’s Franchise Renewal Intensified by Fans, International Journalists Group Pleads TV Network’s Survival

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  2. John Smith // February 12, 2020 at 7:24 am //

    “Part of abs cbn is foreign owned” a clear violation of Philippine Law basa basa din sa mga pabor ng renew ng abs.

    #ShutdownABSCBN

  3. Anonymous // February 8, 2020 at 8:21 pm //

    yes to renewal ABS-CBN

  4. Through their effort at tiaga milliong tao ang natulongan samantalang ikaw na ang daming comment tanungin mo nga sarili mo ilan ba ang tinulungan mo…me ginawa ka ba para sa kabutihan ng ibang tao o sarili mp lng inisip mo…
    .ang dami nung salita pero wala nman kaung ginawa….kakatawa kau…..

  5. Just consider thousand of employees who will loss their job…kaya nu ba clang hanapan ng trabaho agad2…..

  6. Shutdown ABS-CBN, their journalism sucks! Only tailors to their selfish agendas!

  7. Yes to renewal of abs cbn franchise

  8. Ang kakapal ng mga mukhang to na nagsasabi na ‘bayarin niyo muna ang utang niyo”. Aba! Akala mo wala rin mga utang. Hoy magbayad din kayo di kayo exempted!

  9. Anonymous // February 8, 2020 at 5:01 am //

    Kung makapag komento naman mga tao dito tungkol daw sa utang ng abs, akala nio namn talagang may alam sa mga nagyayari! Directly involved kau sa issue na to, ha? Dami nio alam!

  10. Yes to renewal..
    #solidkapamilya

  11. ay kapag nawala abs-cbn, gma-7 na walang kwentang mga teleserye maiiwan wala na mapapanood mga tao kundi kasuso mo jessica suso

  12. Concern viewer // February 6, 2020 at 11:55 pm //

    Sana ma renew.kung may utang na tax bakit di kinasuhan. For sure abc-cbn owners will not be affected. Because they are rich. Brside they also have other business.

  13. Rey bustos // February 6, 2020 at 6:08 pm //

    Ngayon lhat ng pag papa awa ginagawa nyo, yung mga mgagandang ginagawa nyo sinsabi nyo, eh yung mga kawalangyaan nyo bkit di nyo sabihin ngayon pati mga koministang congressman na kalaban ng gobyerno kakampi nyo n ngayon.

  14. YES to renewal- abs cbn be renewed!

  15. Yes to renew the abs cbn franchise..🙏

  16. Dana Ramos // February 5, 2020 at 7:12 pm //

    #YesToABSCBNShutdown

  17. Yes to SHUTDOWN… Bayad bayad din ng utang and para lumabas ang pangugulang ninyo sa taong bayan…

  18. Elinor Largosa // February 5, 2020 at 3:55 pm //

    yes to renewal of Abs Cbn….

  19. Yan kasi…who knows ilang cases na ang ganyan at ngayon lang naagapan. This time, nagkamali kayo ng binangga! Justice will always come.. in the most perfect time.

  20. It’s obviously a propaganda story, mas maraming di hamak na gusto na huwag na kayong ma renew.

  21. Rodrigo Ancheta // February 4, 2020 at 10:24 pm //

    No to nenewal… Yes to shutdown… Good riddance abs cbn!!!

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