The committee voted to “deny the application of ABS-CBN Corporation for a franchise to construct, install, establish, operate and maintain radio and broadcasting stations in the Philippines.”
“By no means can this franchise application be related to press freedom,” according to the findings of a technical working group that prepared the resolution against ABS-CBN.
“It is what it is–a denial of a privilege granted by the State because the applicant was seen as undeserving of the grant of a legislative franchise.”
Marikina Rep. Stella Quimbo, who represented the minority in the 3-member drafting committee, dissented to the resolution against ABS-CBN’s franchise.
Voting 70 to 11, the Committee on Legislative Franchises dashed ABS-CBN’s hopes to resume operations under a new franchise, months after the president repeatedly threatened to pull the plug on the network over complaints of partisanship in the 2016 presidential elections.