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‘Di magagalit si Duterte! Palace to solons: Vote as your conscience dictates on ABS-CBN franchise

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By Prince Golez

Malacañang on Wednesday urged members of Congress to “vote as your conscience dictates” on the franchise renewal of ABS-CBN.

ABS-CBN’s legislative franchise expired on May 4. Several bills seeking to renew the broadcast firm’s franchise are pending at the House of Representatives.

“Wag po kayo mag-alala mga congressmen, hindi po magagalit, hindi matutuwa ang Presidente kung kayo po’y ipasa ang ABS-CBN. Completely neutral po ang Presidente diyan. Vote as your conscience dictates,” Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said in an interview over state-run PTV-4.

“Hinding hindi po manghihimasok ang Presidente sa inyong desisyon. Pero ngayong bukas ang Kongreso, talaga pong Kongreso ang dapat magbigay ng prangkisa sa ABS-CBN,” added Roque.

On Tuesday, the National Telecommunications Commission ordered the network to stop operating after its 25-year congressional franchise lapsed Monday.

ABS-CBN was forced to go off air yesterday evening in compliance with the cease and desist order.

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