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Feeling the heat? Duterte agrees to let Congress hear ABS-CBN franchise renewal: But President will have final say

President Rodrigo Duterte has apparrently softened his stand on ABS-CBN Broadcsting Corp.’s franchise renewal after ordering the House franchise committee not to hold a hearing for the TV giant.

President Rodrigo Duterte has apparrently softened his stand on ABS-CBN Broadcsting Corp.’s franchise renewal after ordering the House franchise committee not to hold a hearing for the TV giant.

Through his former special aide, Senator Bong Go urged Congress to start the hearing on the 11 bills seeking to renew ABS-CBN’s 25-year franchise which would end on March 2020.

“Pag lalo nating pinatatagal, mas lolong umiinit ang issue. Ito naman ang proseso, pagusapan niyo, ipapadala dito sa Senado,” said Go.

“Then the President will decided, hayaan natin siya ang magdesisyon approve or exercise his power to veto,” said Go.

Go’s statements are usually gold when it comes to Duterte’s wishes so this means the House committee will have to hold a hearing soon in the face of the growing public clamor to save ABS-CBN.

“Dapat na rin nilang itackle ito sa Lower House. Congressmen just vote according to your conscience, hopefully it is for the interest of the Filipino people,” said Go.

If Congress fails to approve its franchise, Go said the National Telecommunications Commission should issue a provisional permit for ABS-CBN to continue broadcasting on air.

Go denied that Duterte wanted ABS-CBN shuttered. “Wag mo naman sabihing ayaw ni Presidente na ayaw nya irenew. Vocal sya sa kanyang sama ng loob pero wala siya inuutos kahit kanino,” Go said.

“Antayin na lang po natin sa mga susunod na araw kung ano po ang magiging desisyon at sentimyento ng Presidente but knowing the Presisdent, ‘di naman siya vindictive,” he added.

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