Sun. Jun 20th, 2021

President Rodrigo Duterte reiterated on Monday that he will not allow the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) to give ABS-CBN a permit to operate even if the network gets a fresh franchise from Congress were to grant them new franchise.

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“I will not allow the NTC to give them the permit to operate… Unless and until mabayaran ng mga Lopez ang mga taxes nila (until the Lopezes pay their taxes), I will ignore your franchise and I will not give them the license to operate,” he said.

Kalokohan ‘yan parang binigyan mo ng prize for committing criminal acts (It is travesty because that is like giving a prize for committing criminal acts),” Duterte added.

This was the second time Duterte expressed his opposition to ABS-CBN getting a new franchise, which in January seemed to pick up steam in Congress.

“There will be no opening – that I assure you. All franchises will not be implemented. I will not allow that unless their obligations with government are settled,” Duterte said partly in Filipino during a meeting with a number of Cabinet officials on January 18.


“For all I care, you can have a thousand franchises. You will not see the light until you come to government with clean hands,” he added.

Duterte made his comments after Deputy Speaker Vilma Santos-Recto filed a bill in the House of Representatives seeking the renewal for the 25-year franchise of ABS-CBN. SOVEREIGNPH

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