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Ba’t ABS-CBN lang pinasara? Micaela Violago asks NTC to probe other broadcasts stations operating with expired franchise

Jul 1, 2020 @ 11:05
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Nueva Ecija Rep. Micaela Violago asked the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) Wednesday (July 1) to look into other broadcast companies which are still on air even after their franchise expired.

In a manifestation during the joint congressional hearings on ABS-CBN’s franchise, Violago said she received information that at least 15 broadcasting companies are still operating with expired franchises.

“Bakit hanggang ngayon merong mga broadcasting companies na continuous ang paglabas nila kahit expired na ang kanilang franchises? They might also be violating labor law o tax evasion law,” she said.

Violago said the operations of other broadcasting companies with expired franchises should also be looked into in the spirit of fairness since ABS-CBN was shut down over the same issue.

“Sana ay makita din natin ito para maging patas ito sa paningin ng ating sambayanang Pilipino nang wala tayong kinikilingan na anumang broadcasting company. Para makita rin natin kung ito ba talaga ay kalakaran na sa industriya ng broadcasting,” she said.

Violago was the first lawmaker to file a bill in the 18th Congress to renew ABS-CBN’s franchise, which expired on May 5.

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