These are the names of 11 House Representatives who tried their best to defy majority’s decision to deny ABS-CBN franchise.
Rep. Sol Aragones
Rep. Christopher De Venecia
Rep. Carlos Zarate
Rep. Gabriel Bordado Jr.
Rep. Vilma Santos-Recto
Rep. Lianda Bolilia
Rep. Jose Tejada
Rep. Bienvenido Abante
Rep. Stella Quimbo
Rep. Mujiv Hataman
Rep. Edward Maceda
70 allies of the administration voted against the approval of another 25-year ABS-CBN’s license to operate after a total of 12 public hearings and testimony establishing the channel had violated no legal provisions.
Of the 85 committee members in charge of the renewal, 70 voted to deny, 11 voted for the renewal, two voted to inhibit and one abstained from voting.
National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP) denounced the House of Representatives saying “it has declared itself enemy of democracy”.
“Today, this chamber has lost all claim to represent the people and our interests,” NUJP said.
House Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano had said that it was “not press freedom” that was at stake. He said it was a question of the media protecting its own business interests.
In December 2019, President Rodrigo Duterte threatened to block the franchise renewal of ABS-CBN.
“If you are expecting that your franchise will be renewed, I’m sorry. I will see to it that you are out,” said the President in his 2019 statement.