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Rodriguez seeks provisional franchise for ABS-CBN up to 2022

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Cagayan de Oro City Rep. Rufus Rodriguez is asking Congress to grant shuttered a provisional franchise to ABS-CBN that’s valid until the end of the 18th Congress on June 30, 2022.

“I am filing today a new joint congressional resolution granting the temporary franchise. I am hoping we can expedite the hearings on this measure amid the Covid-19 pandemic even if we have to hear all stakeholders through the new normal videoconferencing platform,” he said.

The Mindanao lawmaker said he is also filing on Wednesday a separate bill granting ABS-CBN a new franchise for 25 years.

“It has to be a new grant and no longer a renewal, since the radio-tv station’s franchise already expired midnight of last May 4,” he said.

Rodriguez said it was unfortunate that the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) “chose to ignore the collective voice of the House and the Senate for it to issue a provisional authority to ABS-CBN to allow it to pursue its broadcast services.”

“Now the remedy is for the House to speed up its hearings on my proposals for a temporary franchise and for the grant of a new 25-year broadcasting service privilege,” he said.

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