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House Likely to Vote No on ABS-CBN Franchise, According to the Manila Times Report

If today is judgment day for ABS-CBN’s franchise, it would most likely be disapproved by the House of Representatives based on an initial tally obtained by The Manila Times, which is the subject of an article titled “ABS-CBN doomed,” showing that 57 lawmakers are more likely to vote “No” and only 25 are likely to vote “Yes,” while 10 remain “Unsure.”

About 92 representatives are expected to vote on the fate of ABS-CBN anytime soon, with 46 coming from the members of the Committee on Legislative Franchises and the remaining 46 from ex-officio members and House leaders.

The negative decision on the network’s franchise renewal is reportedly in the cards as solons have allegedly been pressured by no less than Rep. Paolo “Pulong” Duterte and Iglesia Ni Cristo (INC) to ‘kill’ the network for good, according to alternative news blog, Politiko.

The blog’s sources told them that Pulong and INC have allegedly teamed up to persuade members of the House Legislative Franchises Committee to reject ABS-CBN’s franchise application. Both are also allegedly pressuring House leaders to vote against the network, or face dire consequences such as ‘zero projects’ and a challenging 2022 election bid, if they side with ABS-CBN.

Politiko’s source also said that INC is still reportedly holding a grudge against ABS-CBN’s coverage on the leadership feud between the religious group’s high-ranking officials five years ago and wants to grab the network’s frequencies.

The House of Representatives spent 12 long congressional hearings to discuss extensively the issues hurled against ABS-CBN, which the network was able to disprove, backed by evidence from concerned government agencies.

The Committee on Legislative Franchises together with the Committee on Good Government and Public Accountability will meet again tomorrow (July 8) for a summation on the issues. Palawan 1st District Rep. Franz Alvarez who is the chairperson of the committee on legislative franchises said there is no schedule yet for voting on the embattled network’s franchise.

If ABS-CBN’s franchise bill is approved, it will move to the plenary level and be subjected to two more readings. If it is rejected, ABS-CBN will continue to be shutdown, depriving millions of Filipinos of access to news and entertainment. It would also spell the end of the line for its 11,071 workers.

Here is the complete initial tally from The Manila Times:

LIKELY TO VOTE NO
(Source: The Manila Times)

1. Albano, Antonio
2. Tejada, Jose
3. Dy, Faustino Michael Carlos
4. Dy, Faustino “Inno”
5. Vargas, Alfred
6. Yu, Divina Grace
7. Crisologo, Anthony Peter
8. Revilla, Strike
9. Alfonso, Samantha Louise
10. Valeriano, Rolando
11. Gullas, Eduardo
12. Madrona, Eleandro Jesus
13. Siao, Frederick
14. Dy, Ian Paul
15. Acosta, Gil
16. Tan, Alyssa
17. Mendoza, Raymond Democrito
18. Romualdez, Yedda
19. Yap, Eric
20. Maceda, Edward Vera
21. Bautista, Claudine
22. Mangudadatu, Esmael
23. Pineda, Enrico
24. Hofer, Ann
25. Garin, Sharon
26. Teves, Amolfo Jr.
27. Romualdez, Ferdinand Martin
28. Remulla, Jesus Crispin
29. Arroyo, Juan Miguel Macapagal
30. Romualdo, Xavier Jesus
31. Palma, Wilter
32. Collantes, Maria Theresa
33. Farinas, Ria
34. Mercado, Roger
35. Duterte, Paolo
36. Pichay, Prospero
37. Marcoleta, Rodante
38. Allan Peter Cayetano
39. Alonte, Len
40. Tan, Sharee Ann
41. Paduano, Joseph Stephen
42. Fernando, Bayani
43. Singson, Jose Jr.
44. Tolentino, Abraham
45. Hernandez, Ferdinand
46. Puno, Roberto
47. Villafuerte, Luis Raymund Jr.
48. Abu, Raneo
49. Gonzales, Neptali
50. Oaminal, Henry
51. Garcia, Pablo John
52. Savellano, Deogracias Victor
53. Hataman, Mujiv
54. Malapitan, Dale
55. Martinez, Eric
56. Baronda, Julienne
57. Unabia, Christian

STILL UNSURE
(Source: The Manila Times)

1. Bondoc, Juan Pablo
2. Herrera-Dy, Bernadette
3. Villar, Camille
4. Estrella, Conrado III
5. Villanueva, Eduardo
6. Romero Michael
7. Alvarez, Franz
8. Sy-Alvarado, Jose Antonio
9. Castelo, Precious Hipolito
10. Nograles, Jericho Jonas

LIKELY TO VOTE YES
(Source: The Manila Times)

1. Bolinia, Lianda
2. Bagatsing, Cristal
3. De venecia, Christopher
4. Lacson-Noel, Josephine
5. Abante, Bienvenido
6. Garin, Janette
7. Belmonte, Jose Christopher
8. Zarate, Carlos Isagani
9. Escudero, Evelina
10. Legarda, Loren
11. Gonzales, Aurelio
12. Pimentel, Johnny
13. Fernandez, Dan
14. Arenas, Rose Marie
15. Santos-Recto, Vilma
16. Abueg-Zaldivar, Cyrille
17. Ferrer, Luis IV
18. Nieto, John Marvin
19. Aragones, Sol
20. Chipeco, Joaquin
21. Gatchalian, Weslie
22. Violago, Micaela
23. Garbin, Aldredo Jr.
24. Bordado, Gabriel Jr.
25. Quimbo, Stella

LINK TO THE MANILA TIMES ARTICLE: https://www.manilatimes.net/2020/07/08/news/headlines/abs-cbn-doomed/739219/

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