Duterte ‘not interested’ in Senate hearing on ABS-CBN franchise — Panelo

first_imgThe Senate hearing will be held twoweeks after SolicitorGeneral Jose Calida filed a quo warranto petition before the SupremeCourt seeking to revoke the franchise of ABS-CBN due to alleged foreignownership and bypassing of authority of the National TelecommunicationsCommission. Presidential spokesperson SalvadorPanelo said Duterte has “too many” work to do on the day of thescheduled hearing of the Senate Committee on Public Services on the matter. Panelo added that the Palace will notinterfere with the matters of the Senate, especially that its leadership hasdecided not to hold a session on Monday to make way for the ABS-CBN franchiserenewal hearing. “Trabaho ng SolGen ‘yan.Hayaan mo siyang gawin ang trabaho niya,” he said. Duterte has been vocal in the pastagainst the renewal of the franchise of ABS-CBN after the network supposedlydid not air a political advertisement that was already paid for during hispresidential bid in the 2016 elections. President Rodrigo Roa Duterte prepares to board a helicopter after gracing the inauguration of the Sangley Airport Development Project in Cavite City on February 15, 2020. PCOO “Hindiinteresado diyan si Presidente. Maraming trabaho si Presidente,”Panelo said. MANILA – President Rodrigo Duterte isunlikely to monitor the proceedings of the Senate hearing on Monday regardingthe ABS-CBN franchise renewal issue, Malacañang said Sunday. Panelo, however, reiterated the Palace’sstatement that it has no take in the filing of the quo warranto petition. The TV network’s franchise is set toexpire on March 30, but the House Committee on Legislative Franchises has yetto hold a single hearing on the 11 bills seeking for the franchise’s renewal. House panel vice chair Tonypet Albano,nevertheless, said there was no direct pressure from Duterte in connection withthe pending bills on the ABS-CBN franchise renewal. (GMA News)last_img read more