By Liezelle Soriano
MANILA — President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. assured that he will not block anything that would grant a new legislative franchise to ABS-CBN Corp.
Marcos said that the network failed to get a franchise again due to “technical reasons” and not because of “political position” against his predecessor, former president Rodrigo Duterte.
“I know the suspicion is that it is always because of the political positions that they took against PRRD. The actual technical reasons are these issues that were found during the hearings in the House,” Marcos added.
“The question of the ABS-CBN franchise is really about the violations and problems they have encountered during the hearings and the investigation in the House of Representatives,” he added.
ABS-CBN’s broadcast operations were halted in May 2020 after the cease-and-desist order of the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC).
In July 2020, the House Committee on Legislative Franchises rejected ABS-CBN due to several issues, including the alleged citizenship of ABS-CBN chairman emeritus Eugenio Lopez III.
“So long as those [technical issues] are attended to and those are resolved, there’s no reason actually for the Committee of Franchises in the House to deny them of a franchise,” Marcos said. (ai/mtvn)