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Kung kailangang ipasara, isara! Pacquiao couldn’t care less if ABS-CBN’s franchise ain’t renewed

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Senator Manny Pacquiao isn’t pushing hard for the renewal of ABS-CBN’s franchise, even if some of his major boxing fights were aired by the network in the past.

In a radio interview Saturday (December 7), Pacquiao said ABS-CBN’s bid for franchise renewal needs further study.

“Aaralin nating mabuti ‘yan kasi marami ring ikukunsidera na mawawalan ng trabaho. So pag-aralan nating mabuti,” he said.

“Kung kailangang ipasara, isara. Kung ‘di naman nararapat, we can suggest to the President,” Pacquiao added.

The senator said there’s a chance that ABS-CBN’s franchise may not renewed if it is found to have committed a violation of its permit to operate.

“Pwede nating ikunsidera dahil unang-una, kung may ginawa ang [ABS-CBN] na ‘di nararapat, eh ‘di ipasara. Pero ikunsidera rin ang libo-libong taong mawawalan ng trabaho,” Pacquiao said.

Senate President Pro Tempore Ralph Recto has filed a bill renewing ABS-CBN’s franchise, which is set to expire in March next year.

However, the Senate cannot tackle it until the House of Representatives passes a similar bill on third and final reading.

President Rodrigo Duterte has repeatedly threatened the network that its franchise will not be renewed.

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