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Enrile attends House hearing on ABS-CBN franchise

/ 01:56 PM June 17, 2020
Former Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile attends the necrological service of former senator Rene Espina. INQUIRER.NET PHOTO/CATHY MIRANDA

Former Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile. INQUIRER.NET FILE PHOTO/CATHY MIRANDA

MANILA, Philippines — Heeding congressmen’s call, former Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile attended Wednesday’s hearing on media giant ABS-CBN’s bid for a 25-year franchise.

Enrile was present through videoconferencing as the House committee on legislative franchises and the committee on good government and public accountability held its joint hearing under a hybrid set-up in compliance with health protocols amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

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On Monday, Anakalusugan Rep. Michael Defensor made the motion to invite Enrile in the hearings “to shed light on the history of ABS-CBN” as lawmakers tackled the constitutionality of the acquisition of the Lopez family of the network following the 1986 EDSA Revolution.

Defensor believes that Enrile has “first-hand knowledge [of] what really transpired” in the history of ABS-CBN.

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According to lawmakers, Enrile was the one who executed the sequestration order to ABS-CBN and other broadcasting companies during the Marcos regime.

ABS-CBN counsel Arecio Rendor Jr. earlier underscored the constitutionality of the reclamation of the Lopezes of ABS-CBN following the Marcos regime.

Rendor said that the Lopez family never lost ownership of ABS-CBN despite its shut down in 1972 due to the declaration of martial law by former president Ferdinand Marcos.

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