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FRANCHISE RENEWAL

Recto, Zarate ready for consequences of ABS-CBN vote

By: - Reporter / @deejayapINQ
/ 04:42 AM July 15, 2020

Two lawmakers who voted against the majority in the House panel’s decision to reject ABS-CBN’s bid for a new franchise said on Tuesday they were ready to face the consequences, including losing their posts.

Deputy Speaker Vilma Santos-Recto said she stood by her “no” vote in the 70-11 decision of the House legislative franchises committee on July 10, defying the party stand of the majority coalition to which she belongs.

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“Whatever my decision was on the renewal of ABS-CBN’s franchise, and if there will be such consequences, I’m ready and I will accept it,” the Batangas lawmaker said in a text message to reporters.

She noted that she lost her post after a similar case in the past.

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Bayan Muna Rep. Carlos Zarate, a Deputy Minority Leader in the chamber, said he hoped there wouldn’t be any reprisal “but in case it will happen, then so be it.” INQ

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