Basta aregluhin n’yo Congress: Bongbong Marcos believes there is no reason to deny ABS-CBN franchise

President Bongbong Marcos is not opposed to giving a franchise to ABS-CBN Broadcasting unlike his predecessor who aggressively lobbied to kill the Lopez family network.

“The question about the ABS-CBN franchise is really about some of the violations, some of the problems that they have encountered during the hearings and investigations in the House of Representatives, and so long as those are attended to and there’s a resolve, then there’s no reason actually for the Committee on Franchises in the house to deny them a franchise,” said Marcos in an interview with celebrity vlogger Toni Gonzaga.

ABS-CBN has temporarily shelved its bid to renew its franchise under the new administration as it opted to piggyback instead on the TV5 franchise of bilyonaryo Manny V. Pangilinan.

Bilyonaryo.com reported that ABS-CBN president Carlo Katigbak and Pangilinan spoke with Marcos separately before finalizing their joint venture.

The Lopezes and Pangilinan however, were forced to abandon the ABS-CBN-TV5 joint venture after Congress and the National Telecommunications Commission raised a howl over the marriage. House members threatened to revoke TV5’s franchise while NTC hinted it won’t sanction the joint venture.

But Marcos was adamant that as long as ABS-CBN has resolved the issues raised against it when Congress rejected its franchise application two years ago (such as back taxes, labor issues, and franchise violations), Congress should allow the former media giant to go back to free television (if it finds a digital frequency open or for sale).

“I know that the suspicion is that is always because of the political positions that they took which is against PRRD [President Rodrigo Duterte], the actual technical reasons are the issues that were found during the hearings in the house,” said Marcos.

Marcos has reversed the anti-ABS-CBN stance of former President Rodrigo Duterte who publicly admitted that he asked the previous Congress to sit on the Lopez family’s application for a new franchise which expired in May 2020.

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