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ABS-CBN a victim of ‘pandemic of intolerance,’ says Poe

/ 04:30 PM July 10, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — Senator Grace Poe on Friday slammed the decision of a House panel to deny ABS-CBN a new franchise, which she said has resulted in the loss of jobs and a source of information.

“The pandemic of intolerance has claimed another victim. As a result, thousands of breadwinners will lose their jobs, millions of their source of entertainment and information.”

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After 12 hearings, the House Committee on Legislative Franchises decided to deny the franchise bid of the country’s biggest media network.

“The House has indeed set a high and unforgiving bar in approving franchises. This may affect current active franchises,” Poe said in a statement.

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Poe chairs the Senate public services committee, which is tasked to hear franchise bills in the upper chamber.

“ABS-CBN is far from a perfect organization and has admitted to its many failings. But in its balance sheet of accomplishments, the good it had done for our people are valuable,” she said.

“The correct – and constitutional – response is to allow it to remedy them, the same chance extended to thousands of franchise applicants. This is so because a media organization that occasionally commits mistakes is in the nation’s interest than one that is permanently muzzled,” the senator pointed out.

She further said the denial of a franchise for ABS-CBN curtailed not only news programs but also entertainment shows which the senator said: “represent the finest in the craft, delight the public, and inspire our people to be the best.”

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