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THE PHILIPPINE STAR

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EDITOR: DULGE A SAIIGHEZ
WEDNESDAY I JANUARY 'I5, 2O2O I

Lawmaker seeks deliberations,on ABS-CBN franchise renewal


ABS-CBN's franchise will exPire lesislative franchises, said the is not a right but a privilege," he
A lawmaker yesterdaY asked oointed out.
the House o( Representatives to on March 30. Congress will ad- neiwork's franchise is a "mafler of '
privilege and not a right." Aside from Rod irguez,ll law-
start deliberations on measures ioum on March 11," he said. ' Alvirez said the constitutional
Rodriguez, chairman of the makers, who are allies of the
seeking renewal of the ABS-CBN administration, fi led bills suP-
franchise. committee on constitutional risht to oress freedom is irrelevant
amendments, said the television to"the issue and should not be porting ABS-CBN's aPPlicaiion
Cagayan de Oro ReP. Rufus for franchise renewal.
Rodriguez, one of the ProPonents network's franchise should be 'tackled d uring Congress delib-
renewed as a matter of right. erations. lresident Duterie has main-
of thebills, urged the House com- tained his opposition to the re-
mittee on legislative franchises to "Congress must uPhold the "There is no attemqtto mtzzle
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newal of the network's franchise
conduct the hearing when session Constitution to ensure press tree- -or control the media here. So this
is not a Dress freedom issue. We ut-rJ *"" tofa it" owners to iust sell
resumes nexl week after the holi- dorn," he said'
break.
day-"Time Palawan ReP. Frarz Alvarez, should 6e reminded that under the company.
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is of dre essence because who chairs the committee on the law, the grant of a franchise
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