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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

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'

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

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

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

'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

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

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

‘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

'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

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

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

Cayetano hits ‘mind-conditioning’ ahead of ABS-CBN franchise vote

Jul 08, 2020 - 8:21 PM

Though he did not name anyone, the Speaker may be referring to talks that the president's son and House Deputy Speaker Paolo Duterte, and the influential Iglesia ni Cristo are reportedly lobbying to kill ABS-CBN's franchise

THE SPEAKER'S SPEECH. Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano delivers his speech after his election as top House leader on July 22 2019. File photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

Scenarios: What happens to ABS-CBN franchise after House panel vote?

Jul 08, 2020 - 4:04 PM

We tackle 3 possible scenarios for the embattled network, which is at risk of staying off-air for the remainder of the Duterte presidency

DEFEND PRESS FREEDOM. ABS-CBN employees and supporters light candles outside the network's Quezon City office on June 30, 2020 to call for the passage of its franchise in Congress. File poto by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Automated DSWD subsidy a problem in far-flung areas with no ATMs

Jul 07, 2020 - 8:05 PM

Only 1.3 million out of the targeted 13.5 million poor families have received the second tranche of the cash aid promised to them

STILL DELAYED. Residents line up at a Landbank branch in Quezon City on April 9, 2020 to withdraw their financial assistance from the government. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

LIVE: House hearing on DSWD's emergency subsidy program

Jul 07, 2020 - 1:50 PM

Watch the hearing live on Monday, June 22, at 1 pm

ABS-CBN failed to air ads of many candidates, not just Duterte's

Jul 07, 2020 - 7:51 AM

ABS-CBN says presidential bet Mar Roxas and vice presidential candidates Leni Robredo, Alan Peter Cayetano, and Antonio Trillanes IV are among those who have unaired ads during the 2016 campaign

COVERAGE WOES. ABS-CBN president and CEO Carlo Katigbak defends his network's franchise application before House members on June 3, 2020. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

ABS-CBN news chief Ging Reyes: 'We're not perfect, we strive to keep biases in check'

Jul 06, 2020 - 9:47 PM

During the 12th joint House hearing on ABS-CBN's franchise, Reyes defends the network against accusations of irresponsible journalism

DEFENSE. ABS-CBN Integrated News and Current Affairs chief Ging Reyes attends the 12th joint House hearing on ABS-CBN’s franchise. Rappler screenshot

Cayetano on ‘conscience vote’ in ABS-CBN franchise: ‘I cannot speak for parties’

Jul 06, 2020 - 5:18 PM

While President Duterte has repeatedly threatened the broadcast network, the Speaker says, ‘This is one of the rare cases where representatives will decide for the people’

BEEF VS ABS-CBN. House Speaker Alan Peter €œ€Cayetano doesn’t attend the July 6, 2020, hearing on the franchise application of broadcast network ABS-CBN, which he has accused of bias in its 2016 presidential campaign coverage. File photo courtesy of PPAB

House panels to seek NBI probe into ABS-CBN's 'deception' in hearings

Jul 06, 2020 - 4:20 PM

House Senior Deputy Majority Leader Jesus Crispin 'Boying' Remulla wants the National Bureau of Investigation to launch a probe into ABS-CBN, and also into the 'cyberbullying' against lawmakers

Screenshot from House of Representatives' Youtube accoun

Camarines Sur congresswoman Marissa Andaya dies of cancer

Jul 06, 2020 - 12:30 AM

Former congressman Rolando Andaya Jr says his wife Marissa was a 'cancer warrior' for 7 years

House poised to grill ABS-CBN on 2016 election coverage

Jul 05, 2020 - 8:55 PM

The 2016 election coverage of ABS-CBN has long been an issue for President Rodrigo Duterte and his allies, including his former running mate, House Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano

SESSION UNDER COVID. Lawmakers hold a hearing at the Batasang Pambansa with physical distancing. File photo from Office of House of Majority Leader Martin Romualdez

Makati Business Club again urges lawmakers to renew ABS-CBN franchise

Jul 05, 2020 - 4:15 PM

'Equal treatment of all companies – especially by regulators, prosecutors, and lawmakers – will signal that rule of law prevailed,' says the Makati Business Club

Members of the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines and the Photojournalists’ Center of the Philippines holds a candle lighting protest at the Sgt. Esguerra gate of the ABS-CBN compound on July 3, 2020. The National Telecommunications Commission ordered ABS-CBN to stop the operations of Sky Direct and TV Plus on June 30. Photos by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Opposition lawmakers: Resist anti-terror law – the 'death warrant to human rights'

Jul 03, 2020 - 11:45 PM

'We will show them that in the face of repression, an awakened people will resist and fight back' says Bayan Muna Representative Carlos Zarate

Thousands of brave the rain to protest the anti terrorism bill during the Grand Mañanita Independence Day rally inside the University of the Philippine campus in Diliman, QC on June 12, 2020. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Remulla: Amcara Broadcasting Network is ABS-CBN’s ‘dummy’

Jul 02, 2020 - 6:33 PM

(UPDATED) Amcara executives admit that its transmitters for its digital services were provided by ABS-CBN, and that Channel 43's airtime was devoted to ABS-CBN's digital channels

DUMMY? 7th District Representative Jesus Crispin Remulla interpellates Amcara Broadcasting Network officials during the 11th House hearing on ABS-CBN's franchise woes on July 2, 2020. Screenshot from the House of Representatives' YouTube account

Makabayan bloc seeks House probe into StaySafe's data privacy issues

Jul 02, 2020 - 12:07 PM

'From the process of selection, effectivity, and data privacy, the interests of the Filipino people are put to great risk,' say progressive lawmakers pushing for the investigation

Caught on video, Remulla sorry for writing note during ‘Lupang Hinirang’

Jul 01, 2020 - 8:43 PM

The deputy speaker blames ‘ABS-CBN people’ for ‘playing it up on social media’

SORRY NOT SORRY? Cavite 7th District Representative Boying Remulla apologizes on July 1, 2020 for taking notes during the flag ceremony two day prior. Screenshot from the House of Representatives' Facebook page

ABS-CBN’s Big Dipper, Lingkod Kapamilya Foundation ‘not tax avoidance schemes’

Jul 01, 2020 - 7:13 PM

ABS-CBN Group chief financial officer Ricardo Tan also debunks allegations the network supposedly recorded a negative 5% effective tax rate in 2018

DEFENDING THE KAPAMILYA. ABS-CBN Group chief financial officer Ricardo Tan faces the House committees on legislative franchises, and good government and public accountability on July 1, 2020. Screenshot from the House of Representatives' Youtube account

In ABS-CBN hearing, House tackles labor conditions in TV networks

Jun 30, 2020 - 9:38 PM

Are alleged unfair labor practices even a ground to deny a franchise? Lawyer Tony La Viña says it is up to Congress, where franchise renewals 'are not legal proceedings but political in nature'

EMBATTLED NETWORK. Pictured here is the headquarters of media network ABS-CBN in Quezon City on June 30, 2020. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Lawmakers threaten graft case vs NTC's Cordoba for allowing ABS-CBN TV Plus to continue

Jun 29, 2020 - 4:22 PM

NTC Commissioner Gamaliel Cordoba argues ABS-CBN TV Plus and Channel 43 are supposedly covered by the cease and desist order issued versus the network, but the NTC fails to strictly implement its own issuance

HOT SEAT. NTC Commissioner Gamaliel Cordoba answers lawmakers' questions in a Senate hearing on February 24, 2020. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler  HOT SEAT. NTC Commissioner Gamaliel Cordoba answers lawmakers' questions in a Senate hearing on February 24, 2020. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

House to set aside funds for COVID-19 vaccine in 2021 budget

Jun 27, 2020 - 4:20 PM

'What if there is a vaccine and they won't supply unless you pay at once? So the funds should already be available in the budget,' says Speaker Alan Cayetano

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

In the middle of pandemic, Paolo Duterte, 2 other lawmakers want to rename NAIA

Jun 25, 2020 - 6:46 PM

The Duterte-allied congressmen want to rename the Ninoy Aquino International Airport to 'Paliparang Pandaigdig ng Pilipinas'

NAIA. The facade of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 1. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Lawmaker slams DSWD for distribution policies that caused crowds

Jun 22, 2020 - 6:42 PM

Making cash aid beneficiaries line up at distribution points could have caused COVID-19 transmission, says Anakalusugan Representative Mike Defensor

Residents wait in line as they crowd the Old Balara Elementary School in Quezon City to claim their cash assistance for the Emergency Subsidy Program of the government on May 6, 2020. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler.

Cayetano: Congress can amend or repeal anti-terror law if abuses happen

Jun 19, 2020 - 8:04 PM

Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano also appeals to the military to 'work together' with the government to ensure there will be 'zero abuses' should the anti-terror bill becomes law

SPEAKER'S VOTE? Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano gestures as he presides over the plenary session on September 9, 2019. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

After Ressa conviction, lawmaker seeks 1-year prescription period for cyber libel

Jun 18, 2020 - 2:06 PM

Cagayan de Oro City 2nd District Representative Rufus Rodriguez says explicitly putting this in the Cybercrime Law would ''put to rest the issue of prescription of the crime of cyber libel'

CYBER LIBEL CASE. Rappler CEO Maria Ressa and her co-accused, ex-Rappler writer-researcher Reynaldo Santos Jr, face the media after being convicted for cyber libel by the Manila Regional Trial Court Branch 46 on June 15, 2020. Photo by Dante Diosina Jr/Rappler

E. Visayas lawmakers seek review of ‘Hatid Probinsya’ after spike in coronavirus cases

Jun 18, 2020 - 12:13 PM

The 14 lawmakers say Eastern Visayas was free from coronavirus cases for weeks until the 'Hatid Probinsya' program was implemented

PANDEMIC. Health workers speak outside the Eastern Visayas Regional Medical Center. Photo from EVRMC's Facebook page