Cayetano: ABS-CBN’s Franchise Denial Has No Chilling Effect

Cayetano: ABS-CBN’s Franchise Denial Has No Chilling Effect

Spotlight

Globe Recreates The Way You Learn With Special Promos

Globe introduces special Go promos for students and the GoTOK series to make quality learning and self-improvement accessible for everyone online and in real life!

Roma Point Bridge Construction In Full Swing With Republic Cement Support

Expected to be the longest bridge in Calabarzon, the Roma Point Bridge, also known as the Alabat Bridge, will be 1.7 kilometers long upon completion and will connect Alabat Island to mainland Quezon province.

Specialty Pulp Manufacturing Inc. Chooses 100% Clean Energy From EDC

Agriculture-based manufacturing company SPMI is now being powered by clean, renewable, reliable energy from EDC!

1st ARISE Virtual Annual General Membership Meeting Focused On Business Resilience

ARISE Philippines discusses the need to focus on key priority areas in its advocacies on disaster risk reduction in its first virtual Annual General Membership Meeting.

Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano on Tuesday refuted claims that the denial of ABS-CBN’s franchise bid would have a “chilling effect” on other media organizations.

Cayetano dismissed as “completely false” the claims of Senator Grace Poe and Vice President Leni Robredo that the House Committee on Legislative Franchises’ decision to deny the network’s franchise would have a “chilling effect” on journalists and freedom of expression in general.

He said the chilling effect would only apply to those who would abuse the system.

“I invite both the Vice President and our good Senator to read the decision, re-watch the hearings, and maybe come to understand that not breaking the law is not the same as obeying it,” Cayetano said in a Facebook post.

Cayetano also told Poe to “just chill” as the “country is on the right track”, noting that the only precedent the franchise denial sets is the non-tolerance of oligarchs.

“I agree with Sen. Grace Poe that the denial of the Lopez’s franchise application for ABS-CBN sets a precedent. And it is precisely the precedent we want to make – that the House of Representatives will never tolerate anyone, including oligarchs, who will abuse the system and cheat both the government and our people,” he said.

He cited as a point of comparison, the GMA-7 and TV5 franchises, which were approved “without a hitch”.

“That is because their exercise of the freedom of speech and of the press was never employed to mask the corporate practices of their owners that screwed the system and our people – to the tune of billions of pesos,” he said.

Cayetano earlier said the ABS-CBN owners, whom he described as “oligarchs”, have deprived the country of billions worth of much-needed funds by skirting and bending the law.

“It wasn’t the government who shut ABS-CBN down, rather it was their owners’ playing fast and loose with our laws in the past decades, that made the shutdown inevitable,” Cayetano said.

Cayetano particularly cited ABS-CBN’s tax avoidance scheme as he compared the amount of taxes paid by the embattled network and its top rival GMA-7.

He noted that GMA paid PHP3.13 billion in taxes from 2017 to 2019, as compared to ABS-CBN’s only PHP563 million for the same period.

Last Friday, the House Committee on Legislative Franchises approved by a 70-11 vote, with one abstention, the resolution denying the franchise application of ABS-CBN Corp. to construct, install, establish, operate, and maintain radio and broadcasting stations in the Philippines. Two other lawmakers inhibited from voting.

The previous House hearings have exhaustively discussed the network’s franchise issues, including the citizenship of ABS-CBN chair emeritus Gabby Lopez; the possible violation of the constitutional limits on foreign ownership; reported labor and tax violations; and other violations of the terms of its legislative franchise. (PNA)

Student In Pangasinan Town Holds Online Raffle For Sick Dad

A third year AB Communication student in Pangasinan is conducting an online raffle through Facebook to help raise funds for his father diagnosed with cancer who lives a thousand kilometers away from him.

Zambo Norte Town Farmers Receive P4-M Machinery

Several farmer organizations in the Zamboanga del Norte town of Sindangan receives over PHP4-million farm machinery from the Department of Agriculture.

Cebu Basilica Allows Entry Of Minors, Elders

The Basilica Minore del Sto. Niño has relaxed its COVID-19 safety measures and now allows devotees aged 15 to 65 years old inside the church's premises.

Galvez Cites LGUs’ Efforts In Managing Pandemic

"Ang maganda po sa ating mga LGUs po ngayon ay talagang 'pagka kailangan nila ng tulong ay talaga pong tumatawag po sila... They are working hard para at least ma-manage po ang ating — ang ating ano po ang ating tinatawag nating ‘yung mga kaso."

Use Of Skyway 3 Free For A Month In Time For Holidays

Skyway 3 is slated to open this December! As a way to celebrate the holidays, the San Miguel Corporation is committed to let motorists use the entire 18-kilometer expressway from Buendia to NLEX for free.

Rep. Aglipay Calls For Proper Disposal Of Face Masks, Face Shields

"The proper disposal of such medical waste is not only a vital part of defeating COVID-19 but also a means to ensure that future generations have a ‘balanced and healthful ecology in accord with the rhythm and harmony of nature’ as guaranteed by no less than the 1987 Philippine Constitution," said DIWA Rep. Michael Edgar Aglipay.

Dim Water Prospects Continue To Haunt 3 Luzon Dams

The Angat, San Roque, and Pantabangan dams in Luzon may still be struggling for water this November.

Ariana Grande Teases Fans With A New Album

Fans look forward to the album to drop on these dates:

Kabankalan City Grants P10-M Fertilizer Aid To Rice Farmers

The City of Kabankalan in Negros Occidental has granted a PHP10-million fertilizer assistance to rice farmers to ensure food security in the southern locality.

SoCot Gears Up For Measles-Rubella Vaccination Drive

Health workers in South Cotabato province are gearing up for the upcoming month-long vaccination campaign for measles and rubella, which seeks to cover around 149,000 children in the area.