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What you need to know about people's initiative

Jul 13, 2020 - 6:42 PM

People's initiative is an exercise of 'power of the people' to enact laws, but it entails a long and expensive process

[OPINION | Just Saying] Constitutional prerogative gone wrong

Jul 13, 2020 - 2:54 PM

'The denial of ABS-CBN’s franchise application resonates with all of us: our job security, our freedom of information, expression, and the press and, our fundamental right to know and be happy'

Cayetano on ABS-CBN: 'Reclaiming patrimony from oligarchs'

Jul 13, 2020 - 2:06 PM

A blow to press freedom? Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano says killing the ABS-CBN franchise is all about ending 'the privilege of one family'

Speaker Allan Peter Cayetano presides a special session on March 23, 2020, to grant President Duterte additional powers to cope with the COVID-19 situation in the country. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

[ANALYSIS] How ABS-CBN’s exit will hurt the PH economy

Jul 13, 2020 - 1:17 PM

It will seem our laws and regulations can be easily weaponized against certain business interests, at the President’s whim

What is the Kapamilya Channel and where can you watch it?

Jul 13, 2020 - 1:04 PM

ABS-CBN continues to air select programs – albeit in a limited capacity

Dugo ng 11,000 nasa kamay ng 70 mambabatas

Jul 13, 2020 - 11:57 AM

Huling ipinasara ang ABS-CBN nang idineklara ang Martial Law sa bansa noong 1972, pero ngayon, testamento ito sa pag-iral ng 'virtual martial law'

IN PHOTOS: ABS-CBN workers, supporters stage noise barrage to protest franchise denial

Jul 12, 2020 - 9:24 PM

Over 11,000 jobs are suddenly at risk after the country's largest media network is denied a new franchise by a House committee

KAPAMILYA FOREVER. The network's stars, employees, and fans stage a noise barrage outside the ABS-CBN compound on July 12. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

'Hindi ka namin iiwan': Kathryn Bernardo pens note to ABS-CBN after House vote

Jul 12, 2020 - 5:59 PM

'Kami naman ngayon, hayaan mong kami ang magbigay ng liwanag sa 'yo sa panahong pinaka-kailangan mo kami,' says Kathryn

Bacolod youth, campus journalists show solidarity with ABS-CBN

Jul 12, 2020 - 3:26 PM

'Today, we grieve. But tomorrow, we make sure that truth and democracy shall continue to live,' the young rallyists say

The youth, campus journalists, and concerned citizens troop to ABS-CBN Bacolod station to show solidarity on Saturday, July 11  Photo credit: Ruer Torculas

LOOK: UAAP athletes pick custom jersey messages for press freedom

Jul 12, 2020 - 2:08 PM

The UAAP is just one of many leagues left homeless after lawmakers voted to keep ABS-CBN off the air

Senator Recto: ABS-CBN does not deserve death penalty

Jul 12, 2020 - 1:52 PM

'A noisy press, all the more the sound from outlets which does not please our ears, is the soundtrack of democracy,' says Senate President Pro Tempore Ralph Recto

In House panel report, ABS-CBN accused of favoring Robredo in 2016

Jul 12, 2020 - 8:39 AM

But ABS-CBN denies backing any candidate in the 2016 elections, which saw Vice President Leni Robredo defeat Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano and 5 other male vice presidential bets

WORKING VP. Vice President Leni Robredo oversees the delivery of the personal protective equipment sets her office gave to hospitals in need on March 24, 2020. Photo by Charlie Villegas/OVP

Big majority of Filipinos think Congress should grant ABS-CBN a franchise

Jul 11, 2020 - 11:29 PM

(UPDATED) The Social Weather Stations survey also says that majority of Filipinos also agree that denying ABS-CBN a franchise is a 'major blow to press freedom'

FRANCHISE. Vice Ganda joins the protest outside the ABS-CBN compound in Quezon City. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

[EXPLAINER] Forget about people’s initiative for ABS-CBN

Jul 11, 2020 - 8:57 PM

It will cost the Comelec at least P4 billion, and it will overlap with its preparation for the 2022 elections. Let’s set the exercise aside for when we truly need it.

'End has come:' Calida warms towards House in hailing ABS-CBN franchise kill

Jul 11, 2020 - 8:42 PM

It seems that all is well now between Calida and House Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano, because what used to be a clash over jurisdiction now appears to be just a thing of the past

Ex-Kapamilya Legarda, Vargas explain their silence during ABS-CBN voting

Jul 11, 2020 - 8:29 PM

Representatives Loren Legarda and Alfred Vargas were Kapamilya before they joined politics

AVOIDING CONFLICT OF INTEREST. Pictured here are Antique Representative Loren Legarda and Quezon City 5th District Representative Alfred Vargas. File photos by Rappler

Gretchen Barretto disowns Twitter account: 'I have not made a single statement on ABS-CBN'

Jul 11, 2020 - 3:32 PM

Gretchen has appeared in several ABS-CBN teleseryes, and even occasionally co-hosted the network's famous talk show, 'The Buzz'

GRETCHEN BARRETTO. The actress disowns a Twitter account tweeting against President Rodrigo Duterte. Screenshot from Instagram.com/gretchenbarretto

Lea Salonga on reactions to ABS-CBN franchise denial: 'For myself, I choose optimism'

Jul 11, 2020 - 2:25 PM

'In every crisis, there is opportunity. We need to take the time to figure out what that’ll be,' the Broadway actress writes on Twitter after a House panel rejected ABS-CBN's franchise renewal

Malacañang: ABS-CBN franchise rejection is 'decision of Filipino people'

Jul 11, 2020 - 1:06 PM

President Spokesman Harry Roque again claims the controversial decision has 'no chilling effect,' supposedly because ABS-CBN is mostly engaged in producing entertainment content

PH journalists slam rejection of ABS-CBN franchise: 'History is never kind to tyrants'

Jul 11, 2020 - 11:29 AM

(4th UPDATE) 'A thousand little cuts do not make us weak, these make us stronger,' says the Malacañang Press Corps, as Philippine journalists call out the 'house of minions'

BRING BACK ABS-CBN ON THE AIR. Artists, employees, and supporters gather at the ABS-CBN complex as Congress denied the media giant's franchise on July 10, 2020, Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

ABS-CBN shutdown, Maria Ressa threat borne of Duterte’s ‘contempt’ for press – int'l human rights lawyer

Jul 11, 2020 - 11:10 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte's threats against Maria Ressa and ABS-CBN are intended to have a chilling effect on independent voices among civil society, says lawyer Caoilfhionn Gallagher

BLOW TO PRESS FREEDOM. Supporters of ABS-CBN put up a freedom wall at the start of a 3-day vigil at the media giant's headquarters in Quezon City. Contributed photo

'Personal grudges, interests' prevailed in rejection of ABS-CBN franchise – academics

Jul 11, 2020 - 9:23 AM

The Philippine Association of Communication Educators promises to join electoral education initiatives 'to remind voters that no one, not even lawmakers, shall curtail press freedom'

TV host Kim Atienza led the prayers of employees and supporters during the solidarity night and candle lighting event of the ABS-CBN compound on uly 9, 2020. Photo by Angie de Silva/ Rappler

Read, respect House panel's rejection of ABS-CBN franchise – Cayetano

Jul 10, 2020 - 10:49 PM

Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano says the committee members gave 'serious consideration' to all the merits of ABS-CBN's franchise before putting it to a vote

THE SPEAKER'S APPEAL. Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano holds a press conference in the House of Representatives on February, 24, 2020. File hoto by Darren Langit/Rappler

Sectoral groups vow to remember how House panel voted on ABS-CBN franchise

Jul 10, 2020 - 10:30 PM

‘The people will hold them responsible for any resulting layoffs, any denial or limitation in information, and any attacks to press freedom and expression resulting from this shutdown’

CAN Artists and employees of ABS-CBN hold a candlelighting ceremony at the network's compound after Congress denied its franchise application on July 10, 2020. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

After House vote vs ABS-CBN, Angel Locsin's appeal: 'Now is not the time to stay silent'

Jul 10, 2020 - 10:27 PM

'Nakikiusap po ako, now is the time. Gamitin natin ang boses natin para sa tama,' the actress says

LOOKING FOR HEROES. Actress Angel Locsin speaks before a small crowd outside the ABS-CBN compound after the House denied the network a new franchise on July 10, 2020. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

'Big blow against press freedom': ABS-CBN franchise bill authors slam panel verdict

Jul 10, 2020 - 10:00 PM

But these lawmakers can't file an appeal on behalf of ABS-CBN, as only those who voted with the majority – the legislators who rejected the franchise – can make a motion for reconsideration as per House rules

PRESS FREEDOM. ABS-CBN Integrated News and Current Affairs chief Ging Reyes speaks during the candle-lighting ceremony outside their office after a House committee denied their franchise application on July 10, 2020. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Filipinos online lament impact of ABS-CBN franchise application rejection

Jul 10, 2020 - 9:15 PM

‘I won’t be able to get updates on what’s happening around me [especially] during this typhoon season,’ says one Facebook user

After junking franchise, House panel wants to probe ABS-CBN property, digital TV

Jul 10, 2020 - 8:56 PM

The House committee on legislative franchises also recommends an inquiry on the sale of Philippine Depositary Receipts by all industries required to be 100% Filipino-owned, including media

Employees and supporters of media giant ABS CBN tropped to the House of Representatives to protest the franchise renewal of the network on July 6, 2020. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappelr

Senators say ABS-CBN case sets a precedent: 'Toe the line or get shut down'

Jul 10, 2020 - 8:24 PM

(UPDATED) 'The sword of Damocles will continue to hang perilously over other media networks. Both the legislators and the executive can wield the sword at their whim and caprice,' says Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon

TOE THE LINE. Artists and employees of ABS-CBN hold a candlelighting ceremony at the network's compound after Congress denied its franchise application on July 10, 2020. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

ABS-CBN’s battle is also ours

Jul 10, 2020 - 8:04 PM

Rappler’s statement on ABS-CBN: ‘Learning from the lessons of history, journalists and other freedom-loving citizens must speak up because to be silent is to be complicit’

FIGHT CONTINUES. ABS-CBN workers and supporters hold a protest outside the House of Representatives to call for the approval of the network's franchise on July 9, 2020. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Robredo warns of 'chilling effect' on media after rejection of ABS-CBN franchise

Jul 10, 2020 - 7:41 PM

'Our choice of leaders matters.... Kaya't tandaan natin ang mga pangalan ng kongresista at opisyal na tumaliwas sa ating mga paniniwala,' says Vice President Leni Robredo

'CHILLING EFFECT.' In this file photo, Vice President Leni Robredo speaks before youth and student leaders of Malay, Aklan, for the Ugyon Pamatan-on leadership forum, held Thursday, 08 November 2018. File photo by OVP

Filipino artists, singers decry denial of ABS-CBN franchise renewal

Jul 10, 2020 - 6:49 PM

Several celebrities outside of the ABS-CBN network also share their dismay over the decision not to renew the media network's franchise

After franchise rejection, ABS-CBN says: 'Kapit lang'

Jul 10, 2020 - 5:58 PM

(UPDATED) CEO Carlo Katigbak says they will find other ways to achieve their mission of public service

Kapamilya artists wait for the decision of the Congress committee deciding on the ABS-CBN franchise application at the media giant's headquarters in Quezon City on July 10, 2020. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Malacañang respects House panel rejection of ABS-CBN franchise renewal

Jul 10, 2020 - 5:51 PM

Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque continues to claim that the Duterte administration has kept a 'neutral stance' on ABS-CBN, despite the Chief Executive's repeated threats against the network since 2017

BIG LOSS. Candles are lit in front of ABS-CBN on the day a House committee thumbed down its franchise renewal. Photo by Angie de Silva/ Rappler

‘We will remember’: Netizens demand justice after rejection of ABS-CBN franchise

Jul 10, 2020 - 5:36 PM

Social media users called on one another to vote wisely in the 2022 elections after 70 House committee members voted against the renewal of ABS-CBN’s franchise

Darker days ahead: Rights groups slam rejection of ABS-CBN franchise

Jul 10, 2020 - 5:36 PM

Human rights groups say this 'solidifies Duterte's tyranny' and proves 'we are under a de facto martial law'

ABS-CBN workers and supporters on Thursday, July 9, 2020, hold a protest outside the House of Representatives to call for the approval of the network's franchise. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

'We will fight back': Media groups slam House panel for denying ABS-CBN franchise

Jul 10, 2020 - 5:19 PM

(UPDATED) Despite the denial of the franchise, media groups vow to continue exhausting all means to bring ABS-CBN back on air

ABS-CBN workers on Thursday, July 10, 2020, hold a protest rally outside the House of Representatives to call for the approval of the network's franchise. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

ABS-CBN stars heartbroken after House committee rejects network's franchise

Jul 10, 2020 - 4:31 PM

(UPDATED) Anne Curtis,Liza Soberano, Julia Barretto, Kim Chiu, Joshua Garcia, and many others express their dismay on social media

HEARTBROKEN. ABS-CBN's stars grieve the loss of their home network's franchise. Screenshots from Twitter

IN PHOTOS: ABS-CBN stars call for franchise renewal at Batasang Pambansa

Jul 10, 2020 - 3:24 PM

The stars, including Piolo Pascual and Kathryn Bernardo, hold signs that say, 'Defend Press Freedom' and 'Stand with ABS-CBN workers'

RALLY. Piolo Pascual and Kathryn Bernardo join ABS-CBN workers to call for the approval of the network's franchise. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

House committee rejects franchise for ABS-CBN

Jul 10, 2020 - 3:09 PM

(4th UPDATE) The Philippines' largest media network has 24 hours to appeal the decision of the House committee on legislative franchises

END OF THE ROAD FOR NOW. Darkness falls over the ABS-CBN compound in Quezon City on June 30, 2020. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

[DOCUMENT] House panel's working group recommends rejecting ABS-CBN's franchise

Jul 10, 2020 - 3:05 PM

(2nd UPDATE) The House committee on legislative franchises says ABS-CBN's alleged violations 'weighs heavily against' the network's franchise application

EMBATTLED NETWORK. ABS-CBN supporters hold a vigil outside the network's Quezon City headquarters on July 9, 2020. Photo by Angie de Silva/ Rappler

LIVE: House hearing on ABS-CBN franchise renewal

Jul 10, 2020 - 1:27 PM

Watch the House session live on Friday, July 10, at 1 pm

PCW commissioner on media resigns over ABS-CBN shutdown

Jul 10, 2020 - 11:36 AM

'I cannot, in good conscience, continue my work as Commissioner knowing full well that the sector I represent is being attacked and treated unfairly,' says Noreen Capili

TAKING A STAND. PCW commissioner Noreen Capili resigns over the ABS-CBN shutdown. Photo from Noreen Capili Facebook

ABS-CBN defenders make last stand: ‘Why punish a company that did not breach laws?’

Jul 10, 2020 - 7:00 AM

The House committee on legislative franchises' technical working group will draft recommendations on whether to grant ABS-CBN a franchise. They may vote on July 10, 2020.

DEFEND PRESS FREEDOM. Supporters of ABS-CBN gather outside the House of Representatives on July 9, 2020 to urge lawmakers to pass its franchise.  Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Cayetano again says ABS-CBN franchise not press freedom issue

Jul 09, 2020 - 8:22 PM

'I submit that this is not press freedom; it is the theft of government from the people while hiding under the pretense of press freedom,' says Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano

CAYETANO SPEAKS ON ABS-CBN. Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano holds a press conference in the House of Representatives on February, 24, 2020. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Are you a terrorist?

Jul 09, 2020 - 7:12 PM

Our descent to authoritarianism

FALSE: Court junks ABS-CBN franchise renewal

Jul 09, 2020 - 6:55 PM

It is Congress, not the Court, that deliberates on franchise renewals. ABS-CBN’s petition also still remains pending before the SC, which will resume deliberations on July 13.

[OPINION] In the service of the Filipino

Jul 09, 2020 - 6:52 PM

'What has ABS-CBN done in the service of the Filipino? This is the accusing, if not sarcastic, question many administration allies ask...'

Party-list reps Paduano, Salo withdraw authorship of ABS-CBN franchise bills

Jul 09, 2020 - 6:50 PM

The party-list congressmen say ABS-CBN failed to properly rebut the allegations thrown at the network in the past month

NOT SUPPORTING ABS-CBN ANYMORE. (From L-R) Pictured here are Abang Lingkod Representative Joseph Stephen Paduano and Kabayan Representative Ron Salo. Photos courtesy of the House of Representatives' website

Dela Rosa's advice to ABS-CBN workers: 'Hanap ng ibang trabaho para mabuhay'

Jul 09, 2020 - 5:23 PM

Senator Bato dela Rosa urges the media network's thousands of workers to 'be industrious' and look for a new job in case ABS-CBN doesn't get a new franchise

'LOOK FOR A JOB.' Senator Ronald dela Rosa asks questions to the resource person at a Senate hearing on August 20, 2019. File photo by Angie De Silva/Rappler