House to tackle bills on ABS-CBN franchise renewal on March 10

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first_imgMANILA – The House of Representatives willhold its first hearing on bills seeking a new franchise for broadcastgiant ABS-CBN. decided to take up pending bills on the renewal of franchise of the televisionnetwork on March 10. According to Cayetano, this is to makeit clear to the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) that they areacting on ABS-CBN’s franchise and that it should grant it provisional authorityto operate pending the franchise renewal’s approval. “Paramatapos na ito, kung hindi mahabolduring our regular schedule na matataposna by March 11, ang last session,then if possible na magkaroon nghearing during the break,” Zarate said. The House of Representatives. ABS-CBN NEWS Cayetano also noted that thehearing aims to set ground rules so the proceedings do not end up a “bullsession” or a “sipsipan forum.”center_img Meanwhile, Bayan Muna party-listRepresentative Carlos Zarate suggested that hearings on the network’s franchiserenewal should go on even during the congressional break. House Speaker Alan Peter Cayetanosaid Wednesday the House committee on legislative franchise  “Para by May 4, if we can have adecision to renew or not to renew the franchise of ABS-CBN, then it’s betterfor all the parties,” he added. Congress is set to go on break beginningMarch 13. ABS-CBN’s legislative existing franchise will expire on May 4, thesame day Congress returns from its seven-week break./PNlast_img read more