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Marami dapat ipaliwanag: Poe seeks inquiry on allegations vs ABS-CBN

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Senator Grace Poe deemed it necessary to inquire into the “serious” allegations against ABS-CBN broadcast giant in terms of supposed violations of the terms of its franchise.

Poe, chairperson of the Senate Committee on Public Services, filed Senate Resolution No. 322 seeking an inquiry into the complaints of the Office of the Solicitor General (OSG) against ABS-CBN.

She said that the resolution on ABS-CBN Corporation will open the discussion “on the compliance of the grantee with the terms and conditions of its franchise and to allow all parties to air their side.”

“This is part of the Senate’s oversight function over any franchise and not just ABS-CBN, as mandated by the Constitution and the Senate Rules,” Poe said.

“Due to the gravity of the allegations and its possible effects, the Committee has deemed it appropriate to lay the groundwork for a possible inquiry in the spirit of public interest,” Poe said.

The broadcast giant’s franchise will expire on March 30. There are 11 bills pending with the House of Representatives (HoR) for its renewal.

The OSG, on the other hand, filed a quo warranto petition against ABS-CBN before the Supreme Court.

The senator said the discussion in the Senate does not preclude any action in the HoR or the Supreme Court with regard to questions about the ABS-CBN franchise.

She said that the issue on subjudice regarding legislative inquiries has long been resolved by the Supreme Court in Sabio vs. Gordon and in the cases that reiterate it: “On-going judicial proceedings do not preclude congressional hearings in aid of legislation.”

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