House open to ABS-CBN franchise plenary discussion; but COVID-19 stands as priority

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The House of Representatives may consider the proposed plenary action on the franchise application of ABS-CBN, but priority legislation will still be about COVID-19 crisis, speaker Alan Peter Cayetano said Thursday.

Ang priority namin (our priority is) is fighting COVID… We’re dealing with so much work and unforeseen future uncertainties. So if you’re asking directly the possibility, anything is possible sa (in the) plenary,” Cayetano said in an interview with The Sourceon CNN Philippines.

He stressed how the public should put the focus on health crisis which affects the entire country.

“Lets’s not put in front and center because the reality is, we are in a pandemic and we have to focus on solving the day-to-day problems ng ating mga kababayan (of our countrymen),” he added.

Earlier this week, the Makayaban bloc e wrote to the House committee on legislative franchises asking lawmakers to submit the technical working group report and the adopted committee resolution on ABS-CBN’s franchise to the plenary for ratification of its decision.

The letter, released to the public on Wednesday, claimed that all 305 representatives need to decide on the network’s fate, citing “unsure” and “insecure” issues laid down in the report which junked the company’s license bid.

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