Plenary sought on ABS-CBN franchise

Rep. Carlos Zarate reiterated that the panel decision to reject the franchise renewal of ABS-CBN needs to be approved by the entire House of Representatives before it could be implemented.

Opposition legislators have officially asked the House Committee on Legislative Franchises to present the technical working group report on the refusal of ABS-CBN's franchise to the plenary for ratification.  

Bayan Muna Party-list Rep.Carlos Zarate, issued a letter on behalf of the Makabayan bloc said that the motion to deny ABS-CBN's franchise application needs the endorsement of the whole House of Representatives.  

Rep. Zarate said the plenary has "all the right" to request the committee report on its activities, referring to Section 44 of the House rules expressing that " the committee to which the bill or joint resolution is alluded will be basically accountable for presenting a report to the House." 

"In this regard, we, therefore, respectfully move and pray for the Committee on Legislative Franchise[s] to submit the said Committee TWG Report and the adopted Committee Resolution to the plenary for ratification of its decision," the letter reads.

He additionally noted that the TWG report affirmed by the committee contains proposals that need the endorsement of the whole House in plenary. 

"Surely, the entire House cannot be ordered by a mere Committee to investigate, for instance, 'in aid of legislation Philippine Depositary Receipts', or give 'tax and fiscal incentives to prevent tax avoidance measures'," the lawmakers said. "We, thus submit, that the TWG report and the Committee Resolution, which now stands as the Committee Report, require the approval of the House before it can be implemented.”

Other affiliates from the Makabayan coalition are: Arlene Brosas, Gabriela Party-list Representative; Eufemia Cullamat and Ferdinand Gaite, Bayan Muna Representatives; France Castro, member of ACT-Teachers Party-list; and Sarah Elago, Kabataan Party-list Representative. 


On July 10, the House Committee on Legislative Franchises affirmed by a vote of 70-11, with one abstention, the resolution rejecting the franchise application of ABS-CBN Corp. to construct, install, establish, operate, and maintain radio and broadcasting stations in the Philippines.


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