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A blow to press freedom? Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano says killing the ABS-CBN franchise is all about ending 'the privilege of one family'
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'
'Today, we grieve. But tomorrow, we make sure that truth and democracy shall continue to live,' the young rallyists say
'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
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
Representatives Loren Legarda and Alfred Vargas were Kapamilya before they joined politics
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'
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 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’
'Nakikiusap po ako, now is the time. Gamitin natin ang boses natin para sa tama,' the actress says
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
‘I won’t be able to get updates on what’s happening around me [especially] during this typhoon season,’ says one Facebook user
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
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’
'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
(UPDATED) CEO Carlo Katigbak says they will find other ways to achieve their mission of public service
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
(UPDATED) Despite the denial of the franchise, media groups vow to continue exhausting all means to bring ABS-CBN back on air
(UPDATED) Anne Curtis,Liza Soberano, Julia Barretto, Kim Chiu, Joshua Garcia, and many others express their dismay on social media
The stars, including Piolo Pascual and Kathryn Bernardo, hold signs that say, 'Defend Press Freedom' and 'Stand with ABS-CBN workers'
(4th UPDATE) The Philippines' largest media network has 24 hours to appeal the decision of the House committee on legislative franchises
(2nd UPDATE) The House committee on legislative franchises says ABS-CBN's alleged violations 'weighs heavily against' the network's franchise application
Watch the House session live on Friday, July 10, at 1 pm
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.
'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
The party-list congressmen say ABS-CBN failed to properly rebut the allegations thrown at the network in the past month
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
We tackle 3 possible scenarios for the embattled network, which is at risk of staying off-air for the remainder of the Duterte presidency
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
Watch the hearing live on Monday, June 22, at 1 pm
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
During the 12th joint House hearing on ABS-CBN's franchise, Reyes defends the network against accusations of irresponsible journalism
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’
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
Former congressman Rolando Andaya Jr says his wife Marissa was a 'cancer warrior' for 7 years
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
'Equal treatment of all companies – especially by regulators, prosecutors, and lawmakers – will signal that rule of law prevailed,' says the Makati Business Club
'We will show them that in the face of repression, an awakened people will resist and fight back' says Bayan Muna Representative Carlos Zarate
(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
'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
The deputy speaker blames ‘ABS-CBN people’ for ‘playing it up on social media’
ABS-CBN Group chief financial officer Ricardo Tan also debunks allegations the network supposedly recorded a negative 5% effective tax rate in 2018
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'
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
'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
The Duterte-allied congressmen want to rename the Ninoy Aquino International Airport to 'Paliparang Pandaigdig ng Pilipinas'
Making cash aid beneficiaries line up at distribution points could have caused COVID-19 transmission, says Anakalusugan Representative Mike Defensor
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
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'
The 14 lawmakers say Eastern Visayas was free from coronavirus cases for weeks until the 'Hatid Probinsya' program was implemented