President Duterte’s renewed threat of blocking the renewal of ABS-CBN’s franchise drew strong criticism from labor group Defend Job Philippines.
Defend Job Philippines called on Duterte to “resolve his personal rift with ABS-CBN in proper venues” and to let the Lopez-led network smoothly operate for the sake of its over 10,000 employees.
ABS-CBN’s franchise is set to expire in March 2020.
Duterte has been very vocal about his displeasure over ABS-CBN for not airing his campaign ad that was already paid during the 2016 presidential election.
“Being vital in operating for the next 25 years, the legislative franchise of ABS-CBN will save the jobs and source of livelihood of more than 10,000 Filipino workers and their families,” said Christian Lloyd Magsoy, spokesperson of Defend Job Philippines.
“Politics and personal ires of our politicians must be set aside for the sake of the looming lost of employment and livelihood of the Filipino working force. Our workers must not be hostages and victimized of any political actions of the government,” he said.
House Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano said Congress would be fair in tackling the bill seeking the renewal of ABS-CBN’s franchise.