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THURSDAY DECEMBER s,2019 i:

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House yet
to tackle bill
ON ABS-CBN
franchise
AS FAR as the House of Repiesenta-
tives is concemed, there are otler more
important bills of national significance
that needs priority than the bill renew-
ing the franchise of ABS-CBN Corp.
(fonnerly ABS-CBN Broadcasting.
Corp.), Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano
said on Wednesday.
Cayetano said the chamber will first
tackle priority bills such as the several
pending revenue bills before other pro-
posed pieces of legislation like fran-
chises are taken up.
He said the House can tackle the
ABS-CBN franchise in January or
February since it will expire in March
yet. - \-
"I reitente that Congress will be
fair.. will always give a fair hearing.
Alam nantan to din ng manadement'
zg ABS-CBN na uunahin namin ang
btdget at saka mga revenue bills (the
ABS-CBN management knows that.
we will first tackle the budget bill and :
the revenue bills). Parc @ut) we have
more than enough time io tackle it in
January, February dahil'March pa
namqn qng expiration zg franchise
(because the Aanchise will expire in.
March yet)," said Cayetano.
But even ifCongress tackles House
Bill 676 filed by Nueva Ecija Rep. Mi-
caela Violago, Cayetano said there is
no certainty of the outright renewal of'
fianchise.
"Depende sa fu alabasan ng heat- .
ing (It will depend on the ourcome
of the hearing). I cannot preempt the
committee or the issues that will be
taken," Cayetano said.
President Roclrigo Duierte on Ttres-
day said he will penonally $ee to it that
the TV network will no longer operate
ater its license to operate expires.
"Ang inyong franchise mag-end
next yeax lYour franchise will end next
year]. If you are expecting na rna-re-
new 'yan fa renewal], I'm sorry. You're
out. I will see to it that you're out" said
'Dr.fterte in a speech.
" PAqn
-As''