MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – A small group of Senators identified with both the Administration and Opposition is reportedly considering to push for the renewal of ABS-CBN’s broadcast franchise which expires on March 30 next year.
We spoke with the group on condition of anonymity.
As a compromise to the growing clamor for the non-renewal of the network’s franchise, the group says it will file a bill to renew 1/2 of the broadcast license — just the entertainment portion of it.
What this means is that ABS-CBN will not be allowed to continue its biased news operations. ABS-CBN is known for its “Teeeeeevey Patrol,” “Nagbabagang balita (smouldering news)” and “Hexclusives.”
The compromise seems to have the support of the majority of the Senators, especially Senator Grace Poe who is closely associated with the forever-running teleserye, “Ang Probinsiyano.”
The government’s communications arm, the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) is poised to take possession of ABS-CBN’s news facilities if the Senate proposal is approved.