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People's initiative is an exercise of 'power of the people' to enact laws, but it entails a long and expensive process
'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'
A blow to press freedom? Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano says killing the ABS-CBN franchise is all about ending 'the privilege of one family'
ABS-CBN continues to air select programs – albeit in a limited capacity
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'
Over 11,000 jobs are suddenly at risk after the country's largest media network is denied a new franchise by a House committee
'Kami naman ngayon, hayaan mong kami ang magbigay ng liwanag sa 'yo sa panahong pinaka-kailangan mo kami,' says Kathryn
'Today, we grieve. But tomorrow, we make sure that truth and democracy shall continue to live,' the young rallyists say
The UAAP is just one of many leagues left homeless after lawmakers voted to keep ABS-CBN off the air
'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
(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'
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.
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
Representatives Loren Legarda and Alfred Vargas were Kapamilya before they joined politics
Gretchen has appeared in several ABS-CBN teleseryes, and even occasionally co-hosted the network's famous talk show, 'The Buzz'
'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
President Spokesman Harry Roque again claims the controversial decision has 'no chilling effect,' supposedly because ABS-CBN is mostly engaged in producing entertainment content
(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'
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
(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
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
Several celebrities outside of the ABS-CBN network also share their dismay over the decision not to renew the media network's franchise
(UPDATED) CEO Carlo Katigbak says they will find other ways to achieve their mission of public service
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
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
Human rights groups say this 'solidifies Duterte's tyranny' and proves 'we are under a de facto martial law'
(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
'What has ABS-CBN done in the service of the Filipino? This is the accusing, if not sarcastic, question many administration allies ask...'
The party-list congressmen say ABS-CBN failed to properly rebut the allegations thrown at the network in the past month
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
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
They really did that
We tackle 3 possible scenarios for the embattled network, which is at risk of staying off-air for the remainder of the Duterte presidency
'Already, many people in the provinces and our islands have lost access to their only sources of news. This has life and death implications for many...'