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Parang preso lang! Mike Defensor: Denial of ABS-CBN’s franchise bid ain’t ‘death penalty’

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Anakalusugan party-list Rep. Mike Defensor has dismissed the comparison between death penalty and the denial of ABS-CBN’s franchise application.

In an interview over ANC’s “Headstart” Tuesday (July 14), Defensor likened the rejection of ABS-CBN’s franchise bid to life imprisonment.

“This was not a death penalty. This is life imprisonment. ABS-CBN lives, the corporation lives. But as to the franchise, there were violations that were established, it’s very clear,” said Defensor, who was one of the 70 lawmakers who voted against granting the network a new franchise during the House legislative committee’s July 10 deliberations.

“ABS-CBN was not killed. They were given the life imprisonment and there is time to reform during life imprisonment. That is part of the rehabilitation of a prisoner when they’re put in jail,” he added.

Defensor said the key issues which led to the denial of the network’s franchise application include its sale of Philippine depositary receipts, its use of tax avoidance schemes and labor issues.

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