ABS CBN: Unfortunately, the Media Giant’s destiny finishes more than ever.
It’s still surprising how the rejection by a House committee of ABS-CBN’s proposal for a fresh franchise is already final since no lawmaker challenged his decision, the chair of the panel highlighted. In view of this, Rep. Franz Alvarez, chairman of the House Legislative Franchises Committee, said that each of the 70 lawmakers who voted to deny the franchise proposal of the media giant may have lodged a motion for reconsideration, but none of them did. The decision of the committee has now been final, Alvarez said, referring to the July 2020 vote of the panel to refuse ABS-CBN a new license that led to job losses and an intelligence vacuum in the middle of a raging pandemic and multiple disasters.
Alvarez has shared that taking up the ABS-CBN franchise is now moot and academic as the bill in the unfinished business of the House just intends to award a franchise to the media giant until October 31, 2020. However, House documents reveal that on May 18, 2020, the chamber reconsidered the second reading acceptance of the legislation and resumed debates on the bill. Under House Rule X, Section 56, after debates on it are terminated, legislators can propose amendments to a bill.
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