Thursday, February 27, 2020

Repost: President Duterte Accepts Apology of ABS-CBN, Leaves to Congress Franchise Matters

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President Rodrigo Duterte has accepted the apology of broadcast giant ABS-CBN for airing a smear ad against him by opposition Senator Antonio Trillanes IV.

“Nandiyan na eh (It’s already there.) I accept the apology, of course,” Duterte told reporters Wednesday at Malacañang.

But Duterte said ABS-CBN should just donate the remaining ₱2.6-million the network owes him for its failure to air his political advertisements during the 2016 election.

Despite accepting the apology, Duterte was noncommittal on the renewal of the TV network’s fate, refusing to say whether he will approve or reject a bill passed by Congress granting ABS-CBN a fresh 25-year franchise.

He said he may consult the media whether or not to approve the bill on ABS-CBN’s franchise.

ABS-CBN President and CEO Carlo Katigbak publicly apologized to Duterte during the first congressional hearing on their franchise at the Senate, over the airing of the advertisement which questioned if a tough-talking, cursing politician would be a good fit for president.

"We are sorry if we offended the President. That was not the intention of the network. We felt that we were just abiding by regulations that surround the airing of political ads,” Katigbak said Monday.

‘Critical move’ with House
Duterte is also keeping a hands-off approach to Solicitor General Jose Calida’s bid to void ABS-CBN’s franchise through a quo warranto petition before the Supreme Court.

“Ang problema nitong sa [The problem here with the] SolGen, once he makes an official statement that there is violation of law then I cannot just tell him to stop,” he said.

He said the fate of ABS-CBN’s franchise lies with Congress, adding that the “critical move” is with the House of Representatives which is yet to hold a single hearing on bill seeking a new franchise.

Duterte said he has never and will not interfere in congressional deliberations on the issue.

House Committee on Legislative Franchises vice chair Rep. Tonypet Albano said Duterte's acceptance of ABS-CBN's apology paves the way for a better timing for the House to take up the TV network's franchise and for them to have a "good hearing."

"In the coming days, weeks, and months, we expect to tackle this franchise bill and show the world that we as legislators in the House are fair, honest, and hard working to promulgate a justifiable and amicable decision for ABS-CBN and its employees," Albano said.

It is still not clear when the House will finally schedule ABS-CBN's franchise for hearing. Congress only has six session days to tacke the TV network's franchise before it goes on a break from March 14 to May 3.

ABS-CBN's existing franchise expires May 4 — the same day Congress returns from a seven-week break..

ABS-CBN’s proposed franchise has yet to move in the House of Representatives, with the legislative franchises committee just beginning to receive comments about it, while the Supreme Court has deferred discussions on Calida’s quo warranto petition to March 10.

The House formally asked Wednesday the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) to give ABS-CBN a provisional permit so it can continue operating pending the renewal of its franchise.

It also requested the same for ABS-CBN's subsidiaries and affiliates, including ABS-CBN Convergence, Sky Cable Corporation, and Amcara Broadcasting Network, Inc.

Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra said this would be enough to make sure the network continues operating even beyond the expiry of franchise, but added that a similar move from the Senate would provide a “tougher armor” for the NTC in the event of a legal challenge.

Resolutions have been filed in both houses of Congress seeking to extend ABS-CBN’s franchise pending its renewal, but some Congress leaders said this is not needed as the NTC has granted provisional permits in the past even without the legislature’s action.

A 1994 agreement between the House, the NTC and the media group Kapisanan ng mga Brodkaster ng Pilipinas provides a mechanism for media entities with expiring Congressional franchises.

The memorandum of understanding states that the NTC "shall continue to issue and grant permits or authorizations to operate" for radio and TV stations for a two-year period as long as there is a pending bill seeking to renew its franchise.

However, former Chief Justice Reynato Puno said this could no longer be done, since a 2003 Supreme Court decision, which he himself penned, had ruled that there is a need for an existing license before a corporation can operate.

59 comments:

  1. I told u baks di nga kasi mag cclose ang abscbn hahahaha not a fan of tv stations tho last term naman yan ni daddy digong

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    1. Only Quiboloy can Stahp it!

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    2. Nag power trip lang. gusto lang to make the top bosses of the top network to fall on their knees and beg for his mercy.

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    3. Sa lahat ng presidente ng Pinas, siya ang pinaka mababaw. Saksakan ng bully pero numero uno namang pikon. Done in bad taste as always...

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    4. Good. Naisip siguro ni Presidente pagbabatiin niya sina Sarah at Mommy Divine. Magawa man lang niya yung hindi niya nagawa para sa mga Barretto.
      #char

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    5. power trip ba ung ininsulto ka at naghihintay ka lang naman ng sincere apology ng taong nw
      nakaoffend sayo pero lalo ka lang mas ininsulto? never ginawa ng abscbn execs msgsorry pero ngayon na lang naman sila nag-apologize nung tagilid na ang franchise nila. wag kasi masyadong sumamba sa mga oligarko.

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    6. 10:53 That wasn't really an apology. Yung ganung klaseng sorry is just being polite. Pero wala silang ginawang masama. Feel na feel niyo namang DDS na humihingi talaga sila ng tawad. Parang "I'm sorry if u feel that way but...". Ganun lang yun. Lmao.

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    7. 10:53 Sana pinanood mo ung senate para naintindihan mo ung context ng pagsorry. Pero baka di mo pa rin magets.🤦‍♀️
      Bakit may mga readers dito, nakabasa lang na "nag-apologize" kesyo umamin na daw ng pagkakamali, di na aalamin ang details. Saan ang utak??

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    8. 1:30 huh context ka jan. apology is a formal admission of any wrongdoing but in their case it was not heartfelt. they apologized and it was accepted by digong end of story. There’s a glimmer of hope na magkakaayos tapos ang dami nega dito kesyo ganito ganyan ang dami sinasabi. hahahhaa

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  2. Sa congress pero bakit sabi ni Bong Go sya ang papakiusapan para i-renew

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    1. May influence din sya sa mga alyado niya sa congress anubey

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    2. Etchos naman itong si Bong Go. Gaya gaya lang yan kay Duterte. Kung ano stand non don siya

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  3. I know, irerenew din naman ang franchise ng ABS-CBN, nagpadala lang ng mensahe ang mahal na pangulo sa admin ng ABS-CBN. Ganyan kagaling ang strategy nya na di magets ng mga tao sa twitter.

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    1. magaling na strategy yan for you? lol

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    2. Bahahaha ang gandang strategy nga Hahahaha ano ba namannnnnnn

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    3. that’s power tripping which a govt official specially the highest one should never exercise.

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    4. Ang strategy is napahiya siya. Lol. Nalaman niyang ang petty niya kasi nangyari din sa iba about sa ads at siya lang ang nag react na parang bata. Haha.

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    5. Di ko rin gets kung mgaling or hindi... but Duterte still in power and dominating elections and surveys... ang alam ko lang mga anti-Duterte feeling magagaling

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    6. Good job kay mocha and jimmy kung ganun? Yang jimmy na sipsip lang ang alam.

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    7. Tama si 12:56, now ABS-CBN will be more cautious sa mga galaw nila.

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    8. strategy? strategy na magpalabas ng fake news? lumabas lang kasi yung katotohanan na ad lang nya yung problema sa abscbn. yung hindi pagbabayad ng tax ng abscbn na pinagkakalat nila ng mga alagad nya (pati ako naniwala) hindi pala totoo.

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  4. Sus. Lawyer ng govt si calida, technically si D30 ang client niya. Pwede ba namang magsampa un ng kaso ng walang go signal ng client 🙄

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    1. 1:05, correct, lahat ng galawan ni Calida, may basbas ni Duterte yan... Kayo2 na lang maglokohan. Kami hindi na uy!

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    2. Si Duts, tapang tapangan, pero pag nahuli sa mga imbento, maang maangan na. Bahala na si Calida ganun ba.
      Yan ba ang leader?

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  5. Di naman talaga ipapasara ang network, tinakot lang ang big boss ng ABS-CBN kasi parang wala ng kinikilalang pangulo.

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  6. @12:56, Hindi ba pwedeng wala na sya choice but to retract his decision dahil wala naman talaga violation ang ABS CBN? BIR, NTC, DOLE, cleared sila. So ano reason para di ma-renew franchise nila?

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    1. This is possible. Save face hangga’t maaga. Accept apology and leave the decision to congress para magmukha syang compassionate and impartial.

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    2. Hindi po Senado ang masasabi na walang violation ang network, hawak po iyon ng Korte Suprema

      Tanong ko lang kung wala pong violations, bakit pinapa walang bisa ng Kapamilya Network ang QW sa Korte? They need to prove it before the Supreme Court.

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    3. 2:29 goverment agencies ang nagsabi ma walang violations ang ABS hindi ang senado

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    4. 2:29 malamang hahayaan na lng nila na magsampa ng kaso ng ganun ganun lng?? Hello supreme court na un

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    5. 1:23 tard na tard ayan na nga mga nanginginig na mgsa tuhod ng amo mo wala pa ring kasalanan? SUS!!

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    6. Natakot ata na magka people power 3 - Mother Ignacia Revolution. Pano kung lahat ng mga sikat na artists ng Dos manawagan ng people power?

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    7. Korek.buti na lng talaga nagkaron ng hearing sa senado naliwanagan lahat.

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    8. D na effective people power 3 no..d nga nakumpleto yung signature campaign nla..

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  7. 12:56, Walang violations ang abs. Major bully ang tatay mo, pero pag may kontra or ayaw siya, pikon talo naman. Strategy niya bulok. Parang batang paslit na pag hindi pinag bigyan, mag power trip.

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    1. I don’t think bulok ang strategy nya, nawindang kaya ang Abs-cbn. Lol

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    2. Nawindang ba yung sobrang kalmado nila sa senate? I dont think so. Alam nilang may laban sila all along. Also, mahilig nmn tlga mag power trip ung tatay mo.

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    3. bulok yung strategy kasi mali yung info na pinakalat nila.

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    4. Gnyan ba ang kalmado?nagrally na sla, may pasympatya pa sla sa mga viewers at qng ano pang kaek-ekan..

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  8. sa umpisa pa lang alam kong ire renew nila franchise ng Abscbn , malaking kawalang din kasi ang biyon ng tax ng ABS, i think tinakot lang sila ni digong to send a message na huwag maging bias😂😂😂,,, at may mga pulitiko na na suma-sawsaw at pumapapel sa isyo,,

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    1. Ya think? So what happens if narenew nga ang franchise for another 25 years, that they're gonna start praising duterte ngayon pa na 2 years nalang? I think they will double down to make sure na hindi duterte o kaalyado ni duterte ang susunod na pangulo cause they've shown that they're gonna be a threat to their corporation. Showbiz and politics have always been in a weird relationship, I'm sure madaming stormy sa abs para sa donalds sa politics, and naghihintay lang na mabunyag. The admin also pissed off those actors and employees who supported them and was put on the brink of ruin, so they will most likely not get them back on their side come 2022. This was a dumb strategy.

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    2. 2:18 panay ka lang theory at pagmamarunong, pero palagi naman panalo Duterte sa election at surveys

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  9. No violations PERIOD

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  10. HUSAY nyo 12:56 & 2:36 AM , TAMA KAYO NANINDAK LANG SA ABS-CBN ang Mahal na Pangulo ! Itong mga makaPUNA sa Presidente KUNG KAYO KAYA MAGBAYAD NG 2.6MILLION at HINDI I ERE ang Ads , ANU GAGAWIN NYO Eh nagkataon HINDI BET NG MGA LOPEZ ang Duterte Admin PERO SI DUTERTE ang Panalo ?! MAWALAN ka nga lang ng 100 or 500 Pesos DI KA NA MAPAKALI PAANO PA YUNG 2.6M lang naman na NGAYON PA LANG ISASAULI ng ABS-CBN , Aber ?! LESSON lang ang yan sa Kanila dahil din sa PANLALAMANG - Masakit pero YAN ANG TUTOO !

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  11. oh ayan hindi na nagtatampo ang balat sibuyas na presidente

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  12. napahiya na lang sila kasi walang nakalkal na major anomalya sa abs cbn 🤣

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  13. instead of appealing to the President. ABS should just exert all their influence sa Congress to start taking up their franchise renewal. If Congress passes it and the President vetoes the bill so what? it will still in essence become effective after 30 days despite the veto or if 2/3 of Congress over rides the veto.
    Also, they should answer the allegations of the quo warranto in court and not anywhere else. Nagsayang lang sila ng pera ng bayan para sa Senate hearing na yan na wala nman magagawa maliban sa pangunghuha ng simpatya ng mga Pinoy na mahilig sa drama. Nagpapogi lang ang mga Senador na yan para maka discount sa ads.lol

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  14. kahit anung sabihin nyo laban kay tatay digong sa kanya pa rin kami kakampi. malaki ang naitulong nya sa aming manggagawa

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    1. Kaya pala vetoed niya yung anti endo bill

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  15. yan kasi yung un-aired tv ad ni digong tapos ang tagal pa palang sinoli yung bayad nya dun sa ads?? ano na abs hirap mag bayad

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    1. 10:08 ano na, nagsenate hearing na, andun na ung explanation ng unaired ad, pero dumerecho ka pa rin dito sa fp na misinformed at clueless.

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  16. E di lumabas din na may atraso kayo. Hahaha!

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  17. All that fake news about taxes etc but in the end nasaktan lang pala sa isang ad

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    1. fake news ka dyan...they settled their taxes for even less than what they owe. BIR should also be questioned why ABS was allowed to settle. Yung iba nga walang choice sa kaltas nila tapos kung sino pa mayaman yun pa may choice.

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    2. an ad costs 2.6M na ngayon lang nila babayaran..anyways, franchise will be on the hand of the congress while the cases filed will be handled by Supreme Court..so, di naman necessary mawawala ang case if marenew ang contract..

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    3. Oo baks nasaktan dahil lang sa ad AT DAHIL sa 2.6 million na tinanggap bilang bayad pero di binigay ang serbisyo.

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  18. Napikon lang..haha...ganyan ang matatanda manipis na ang balat kasama nang kanyang spokesperson na isa ring matanda..nothing against old people but they should stay away with this stressful politics...stay at home or play mahjong to avoid Alzheimer's disease...

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  19. Imagine dahil sa ad na di naere mag sasara ang isang network. Malabo talagang mag sara yan.

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