Palace: Duterte unlikely to block ABS-CBN’s provisional franchise

first_imgAs long as ABS-CBN does not have violations, according to Roque, there is no reason for President Duterte to veto a provisional franchise for the network.“Inaasahan ko naman po na kung wala pong constitutional infirmity eh pipirmahan naman po ito ng Presidente,” Roque said during the Malacanang virtual press conference on Thursday.On Wednesday, the House of Representatives has passed on second reading House Bill 6732, which gives the network a temporary license that will be valid until Oct. 31, 2020.The provisional franchise will allow ABS-CBN to operate while the House and the Senate are still deliberating on the issues that surrounded the renewal of the previous franchise, and whether or not it should be given a fresh 25-year franchise.“It’s not only the best move, it’s the only move under the Constitution,” Roque said. “It’s very clear po na tanging ang Kongreso lang po ang puwedeng mag-grant ng franchise or mag-revoke ng franchise for broadcast companies.”Roque earlier said that President Duterte is neutral on the franchise issue despite the President’s past grievances, particularly on the unaired campaign advertisements in 2016.ABS-CBN went off the air on May 5 after the National Telecommunications Commission issued a cease and desist order for the network after its franchise expired on May 4./PN MANILA – There seems no reason for President Rodrigo Duterte to oppose the granting of provisional franchise for ABS-CBN so that it could resume its free TV and radio broadcast, his spokesperson spokesperson Harry Roque saidlast_img

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