Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Repost: Congresswoman Vilma Santos Pushes for Franchise Renewal of ABS-CBN

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Time is running out on the broadcasting license of ABS-CBN, but the House legislative franchise panel has not tabled any of the six bills that may save the TV giant from closing shop next year.

Deputy Speaker Vilma Santos-Recto, a movie actress, known as Ate Vi, who has worked with the network, is hoping her colleagues would finally begin discussions on the measure renewing ABS-CBN’s 25-year franchise, which expires on March 30, 2020.

No deliberations since July

“Considering that we are in recess, I hope that when we go back this November, this will be subject for deliberation by the committee,” the Batangas representative told the Inquirer on Sunday.

Recto, one of the authors of the ABS-CBN franchise bills, said the measure was still “pending” in the committee chaired by Palawan Rep. Franz Alvarez since the 18th Congress opened in July.

“Just for the record, last 17th Congress, the same [was not] tackled by the committee,” the congresswoman said in a text message.

Alvarez was also the chair of the panel in the last Congress.

He did not reply to the Inquirer when sought for comment.

Besides Recto, at least five other influential lawmakers have filed their version of the bill, including another deputy speaker, Pangasinan Rep. Rose Marie Arenas, along with Laguna Rep. Sol Aragones, Nueva Ecija Rep. Micaela Violago, PBA Rep. Jericho Nograles and Parañaque Rep. Joy Myra Tambunting.

In filing House Bill No. 4305, Recto noted ABS-CBN’s stature as the “Philippines’ largest entertainment and media conglomerate.”

“ABS-CBN has remained steadfast in its commitment to reach out to as many Filipinos as possible by delivering their quality core programs closer to our countrymen by taking advantage of emerging broadcast technologies,” she said.

The cause of delay

In the previous Congress, a similar measure was sidelined in Congress as President Duterte launched repeated verbal attacks against the media network due to perceived slights and its allegedly slanted reporting.

Lawmakers took no action on the bill, which had been left pending in the House legislative franchises committee since November 2016.

In August, Majority Leader Martin Romualdez refused to make any commitments on whether the bill would be prioritized.

“I believe it’s premature to comment on that as we’re still in the early stages,” he said.

Congress is currently on a break and will resume session on Nov. 4.

83 comments:

  1. Ayaw ni Jimmy Bondoc niyan lol

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  2. Natural lang dahil apektado ang anak nya kung mapasara ang ABS

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    1. Mapasara man maraming business at mapera na si luis

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    2. Hindi rin. May business ventures naman si Luis.

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    3. bawas din sa income pag nagsara, the more the merrier saka sayang kasi ineenjoy nya dine limelight

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    4. Kahit mag close ang ABS established na si Luis. He has a few business ventures

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    5. Hindi rin! Aminin iba pa rin ang artista. Sa kagaya ni Luis easy money lang sa showbiz, wala pang lugi - 12:21

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    6. Ang tawag diyan:

      CONFLICT OF INTEREST

      Besides, mas marami pang importante gets dapat pag usapan sa Kongreso.

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    7. Maraming business at investments si Luis. Ang mas mahihirapan ay ang mga ordinary workers nila dahil hindi kasing-liit ng suweldo nila ang suweldo ng mga artista na sikat na.

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    8. Bakit si Luis lang ba ang employed sa ABS CBN? Daming pamilya ang umaasa sa ABSCBN. Paano na ang mga maliliit na empleyado? Wag naman sanang personalin ang ABSCBN. Maraming magugutom pag nagkataon. Please lang approve ninyo na yang renewal ng ABSCBN.

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    9. 1:42 mayaman na si Luis. At hindi lang si Luis ang mawawalan, kundi yung mga maliliit na tao behind the camera.

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    10. Ito n kaya ang pagwawakas ng Ang probinsyano? Charowt

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    11. Kahit maraming business si Luis pero hosting ang passion nya di lng naman lagi pera para sa mga kagaya ni Luis.

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  3. Ang daming mawawalan ng trabaho. Huwag naman sanang personalin ni pd3. Maghabla siya if nagkasala sa kaniya

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    1. so ok lang kahit wag nalang mag bayad noh?

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    2. Ano ba kasi ang dahilan at tinanggap nila ang bayad sa ads nung 2016 pero hindi sila tumupad sa agreement na iere ang mga campaign ads ng ilang kandidato?

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    3. takot ang mga pulitiko na ayusin ang franchise kasi nga galit si d30 sa abs. baka sila ang balingan.

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    4. 12:51 nagbayad na girl hindi ka updated? lol

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    5. 12:51 comprehension please. Original commenter said maghabla if the network is at fault.

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    6. 2:10 hindi kami updated sa fake news. Ikaw lang.

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    7. Pano mo nalaman di bayad 12:51 andon ka? Makahype ka din eh no.

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  4. Sana hindi masara ang ABSCBN jusko love ko pa naman itong network na toh.

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    1. pagbayarin muna

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    2. There's more to life than watching and being a KaF viewer dear.

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    3. Being a dds you mean, 222? Lol

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    4. 2:22 tell that to the millions of filipinos, especially elders who are enjoying the shows of abs.

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    5. agree 2:22 di na ko nanonood tv. yung lang madami affected na empleyado

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    6. Magbayad ng tax at iba pang utang bago ang franchise renewal. Hindi na dapat sabihin sa kanila yun dahil obligasyon yun ng kahit sino.

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    7. 6:48am Yung mga tulad mo yung walang ibang ginawa sa buhay kundi tumambay at manuod ng TV no? Hanap ka hobbies na makabuluhan. Hindi puro TV at Facebook.

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  5. Media needs balance. ABS provides that

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    1. Kailan pa naging “balance” Ang abscbn?

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  6. Kaya ang daming artista na may YT channel

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  7. Wla naman kaso bsta magbayad ng buwis

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  8. bayad muna sila taxes at utang

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    1. Marcoses muna magbayad

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    2. diba bayad na? o anong next excuse kung bakit on hold pa rin ang franchise?

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    3. nakabayad na sila di ka nainform?

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    4. Tax lang daw binayanran, Hindi iyong utang

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  9. If the renewal will not push through. May iwant naman and tvplus. Pero di naman lahat makaka afford nito. Sana pag isipan nilang mabuti at huwag personalin. Madaming maapektuhan.

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    1. Baks apektado rin yan dahil kanila rin Yun.

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  10. Why would Congress takes up a law for submission when its going to be vetoed by the President?!? Just waste of their time & efforts!

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    1. If the President vetoes it, it will go through another reading and if Congress still votes for its passing, it will eventually lapse into law.

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  11. Maning-mani sa abscbn ang 100 million kayang-kayang bayaran yan

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    1. Marami silang pera so true, yun nga lang ayaw ibayad. buti na lng machika si Ethel.

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    2. 1259 mani din ba ang mahigit isang bilyong utang sa tax at milyon/bilyon utang sa DBP?

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    3. So isa ka sa bosses ng ch2 1:28? Kaya alam mong ayaw ibayad? Galing

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    4. 40 billion iyong asset nila, pero hirap nilang naglabas ng pera

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  12. Bayad muna ng dapat bayaran. Tapos kapag ibang business or enterprises nanggagalaiti kayo pag di nagbabayad. Wag double standards mga beshiewap

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    1. March 2019 - ABS-CBN settles tax case with BIR, pays ₱152 million. The tax court approved a settlement deal between broadcast network ABS-CBN and the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR).

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    2. 2010 pa lang nabayaran ng abs.... heller may 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 pa po...

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    3. Bayad na po sila matagal na

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    4. 1.56 link please. Kung totoo ito, mabilis pa sa alas kwatro ang balita tungkol dyan. Hindi nga nabalita yan sa TVP.

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    5. 12:37 it would have taken less effort to google than to comment. Wag kang tamad. Kaya puro fakenews kayong DDS kasi di kayo marunong magresearch.

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  13. They just need to pay their taxes and debts, pero mukhang ayaw nila gawin? Daanin sa awa?

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    1. Nagbayad na ang ABS ng taxes nila. Pero sabi ni BIR wala sa kanila ang decision. They have to settle their differences with the President. Si Duterte lang ang pwedeng mag-decision ng renewal.

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    2. Mukhang malabo kasi nga palagi nilang binabangga yung Presidente.

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    3. Pinepersonal ng presidente eh

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    4. tax palang and binayaran nila ung first utang hindi pa lalo na ung second utang

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    5. Maarte si duterte, sa US nga subject lagi mga Presidente nila ng katatawanan at pintas, ok lang, hindi pinapasara mga TV stations. Sya lang ba puede mag joke lagi at mag mura at mamintas. Kudos to ate VI. A woman who cannot be easily bullied, with a mind of her own. Mas may balls pa kesa sa mga lalaking congressmen

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    6. Bat ayaw i renew nkapagbayad na pla? Anong gus2? Hahaha

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    7. 11:15 Tax oo, iyong utang? Di pa binalik iyong binayad for campaign ad which the station did not air. ABS CBN neither confirms nor denies that accounts receivable entry in the President's ITR. 😅 Joking aside, media networks should be neutral with election ads, and put their feet down if there are violations with the content. Incidentally, ABS CBN aired an ad using children (which is absolutely a no-no) to disparage the then-candidate President.

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    8. Number #1 network sa pinas pero dami palang utang sa goberyno.

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    9. 12:18 nothing wrong with an ad showing the truth. Eh kumusta naman ung advertisement ni diggy kasama mga bata. Yun panay kasinungalingan, inere naman

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    10. 9:17 May utang sila, bayaran nila. Ganun lang iyon. Meron naman silang pera ng pambayad.

      Ano gusto niyo, eliminate na lang ng goberyno ang utang ng abscbn? Si Lucio Tan nga nagbayad ng utang ng PAL , resulta maraming nagagawang kalsada at Skyways or overpass...

      Punta kayo sa ibang bansa, utang kayo sa goberyno, tingnan lang natin Kung di kayo habulin at ikulong. Dito sa atin medyo lenient ang goberyno, marami may utang na inaabot ng ilang taon or dekada.

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  14. Kapamilya, Kapuso or Kapatid ka man dapat we all should stand behind all TV networks' freedom to provide us with news, entertainment, etc. Hindi dapat pinu-politika ang mga ganitong bagay. Kung kaya ng gobyernong i-bully ang mga giant networks paano na lang ang mga ordinaryong bloggers, content creators.

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    1. The fact they did not air the supposed ads of PDuterte (which was paid beforehand), this network is proven politically biased. Anong pinaglalaban mo ngayong "freedom" na dapat meron ang network?

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  15. Unahin muna.nila ang budget sa 2020

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  16. Iba pa ang tax settlement sa loan nila sa DBP which was written off during Pnoy admin. The thing is hindi naman sila bankrupt para ma write off yung utang na yon. This is just an example of using their influence to gain certain advantages.

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    1. Kaya gusto nila mawala si Duterte para mabura na utang nila. Hindi naman pwede iyon. They owe their debts to the Filipino people, pera iyan ng goberyno sa paggawa ng mga kalsada, tulay, school at etc.

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  17. ABSCBN will never close. it will be approved later on. Hello, mas maraming supporters ang ABS kesa sa presidente. The president term is only for a year but abs cbn has been there for 65 years. I'll rally behind the network.

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    1. 6 years po term ng president, 2 years and 9 months remaining

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    2. @8:52 goes to show how deeply you are attached to idolatry more than reason. Napatunayan na ngang hindi sila nagbabayad ng tax sa BIR at utang sa DBP, tapos ang sasabihin mo lang eh mas marami kayong supporters compared sa president kaya dapat i-renew na lang ang contract. Antayin na lang matapos yung term, ganon, and hope na makalusot. Juskopo, anong klaseng pag-iisip yan?!

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    3. You can support the network all you want but keep in mind that they have debts to pay, and govt has responsibility to collect debts and that money can be used to build to upgrade Airports, bridges, power plants etc.


      And dami ninyo reklamo sa trapiko, sa lubak na kalsada, sa masikip at maliit na International Airport, eto na ginagawa na ng goberyno ang trabaho nila, pero reklamo kayo kung mag-sasara ang abscbn, eh ayaw magbayad. PERA iyan ng GOBERYNO.


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  18. Ang daming problema ng bansa na higit nangangailangan ng attention, etong media outlet na to ginagamit ang koneksyon sa gobyerno

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  19. Are we in martial law era again? Kung trip ni bossing ipasara kahit nagcomply na ang company sa mga arrears nila, sya pa din masusunod? Ilang libong tao ang mawawalan ng trabaho dahil sa pride chicken ni bossing. Hay buhay!

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    1. Meron pambayad ang network, magbayad sila ng utang... para dumami mga overpass or Skyways at maibsan Traffic sa Metro manila

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  20. Parang wala namang news na nagbayad ang ABS. E yan ang inaabangan ng lahat.

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    1. True.Di sana unangbuna na sa tv patrol yan,bakit wala?!?

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    2. *unang una sa tv patrol

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  21. Granting of FRANCHISE RENEWAL is not a privilege and not a constitutional right. Di porke nakapagbayad na sila ng tax eh may privilege na sila to insist for its renewal. Its still a statutory right subject to approval of the govt authorities.

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  22. Sinasabi nyong namemersonal si prd eh namemersonal din naman ang abs cbn noon pa.

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  23. We want abs to stay! Please settle ur taxes so you can continue to entertain us! Madlang pipol promise to give u good business and more anda!

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  24. Syempre, may show dun si Lucky..

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