“The question about the ABS-CBN franchise is really about some of the violations, some of the problems that they’ve encountered during the House of Representatives hearings and investigations, and as long as those are addressed and resolved, there’s no reason for the House Committee on Franchises to deny them a franchise.” These were the words from our President during his exclusive interview with Toni Gonzaga, aired on ALLTV on September 13, he reiterated his previous opinion that ABS-CBN committed infractions that must be addressed first..
In non-verbatim: “Again, my perspective, opinion, and stance are that as long as all of the issues raised during the House of Representatives hearings and investigations have been addressed and resolved… “I understand that the suspicion is always because of the political views that they made, which are against PRRD [President Rodrigo Duterte], but the true technical reasons are the issues that were discovered during the parliamentary hearings.”
PBBM stated the same thing about the ABS-CBN franchise in his prior interview in January 2022.
“Yung franchise ng ABS, nakita ko, ang naging problem kung bakit hindi tinuloy ang extension ng prangkisa ay dahil may mga nakitang problem — violation sa tax laws sa iba’t ibang bagay.”
“Kapag naayos nila yan at na-areglo nila, ang mga nakita nung doon sa hearing ng ABS, eh kung maayos nila yan, eh kung maayos nila yan, eh di ibalik natin yung application nila sa Committee “Pag-aralan nila.”