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Walang basehan! Tony La Viña: House report on ABS-CBN franchise denial deserves failing grade

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The report of the technical working group (TWG) tasked to come up with recommendations on ABS-CBN’s franchise application would’ve gotten a failing grade had it been passed in law school.

Law professor Tony La Viña on Sunday (July 12) gave a scathing review of the report, which was used as the basis for the House legislative franchises committee’s denial of ABS-CBN’s franchise application.

In a Facebook post, La Viña said the TWG’s report would’ve been graded a “5” at the University of the Philippines Law School and 60 points at the Ateneo Law School.

“I actually read it three times and as an academic and legal scholar, I would say it would get a failing grade for wrongly appreciating the facts, for not being based on the law, and from the policy of view not upholding national and public interest,” he said.

“As a former dean of a reputable school of government, it would not pass what I call the laugh test as a document,” La Viña added.

The TWG report concluded that ABS-CBN’s franchise application deserves to be rejected over the network’s various alleged violations, including its use of tax avoidance schemes and the dual citizenship of ABS-CBN chairman emeritus Gabby Lopez.

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