MANILA – If you think that Congress is over and done with ABS-CBN, think again.
They are not yet done because, according to a report by Arniel C. Serato for PEP.PH, last Tuesday, 28 July 2020, seven congress members passed three resolutions for the investigation anew of the Lopez family’s companies.
Out of the three who filed the resolution were SAGIP Party-list Representative Rodante Marcoleta, Cavite 7th District Representative Jesus Crispin “Boying” Remulla, and Anakalusugan Party-list Representative Michael “Mike” Defensor.
The three lawmakers were the same that hotly prosecuted ABS-CBN representatives during a congressional hearing on the network which ended on July 10 in its cancellation.
The resolution was signed along with Cavite 1st District Representative Elpidio Barzaga Jr., ACT-CIS Party-list Representative Eric Yap, Dumper-PTDA Party-list Representative Claudine Bautista, and Davao City 1st District Representative Paolo Duterte, the presidential son.
One resolution that was filed in the plenary of congress was to clarify ABS-CBN’s use of the AMCARA Broadcasting Network with its broadcast using ABS-CBN TV Plus.
While the second targets the investigation of the ABS-CBN Broadcast Complex in Mother Ignacia, Quezon City and the third serves to clarify the alleged P1.6 billion debt owed by the Lopez family’s companies.
Remulla filed House Resolution No. 1015 which pertains to the investigation of the AMCARA Broadcasting Network because it allegedly violated its legislative franchise. According to Republic Act 8135 Section 11, it is forbidden to rent and use its resources to other broadcasting companies without the consent of the congress.
In House Resolution No. 1058, Marcoleta, on the other hand, wants to examine the title of the land where the ABS-CBN Broadcasting Center is located in Quezon City.
Remulla and Marcoleta are also among the seven legislators who signed House Resolution No. 1040 which states that lawmakers allegedly found out that Benpres Holdings Corporation—now Lopez Holdings Corporation—owes P1.6 billion.
ABS-CBN has not yet issued a statement on the three new resolutions.