ABS-CBN network employees and its celebrities have been joining the call to #VoteYestoABSCBN franchise since it was made known that the vote on the franchise could be taken this week.

The “YES” for support became a call for a “NO” vote after the House committee on legislative franchises presented a resolution “denying the franchise application of ABS-CBN Corporation to construct, install, establish, operate and maintain radio and television broadcasting stations in the Philippines”, based on the recommendation of its Technical Working Group that was able to come up with its report in 24 hours.

Given this formulation, a vote of “YES” would mean voting against granting the network a franchise. A vote of “NO” would mean voting in favor of granting the network a franchise.

The committee voted to deny the network a fresh 25-year franchise: with 70 voting against granting the network a franchise, 11 in favor, 2 inhibiting and 1 abstain.

 

The group of GMA 7, the other big broadcast network in the country, expressed dismay over the denial of the franchise:

 

The Foreign Correspondents Association of the Philippines also condemned the denial of the franchise.

 

Altermidya, in a statement, called the denial of ABS-CBN franchise “a government-orchestrated plot and nothing less than censorship.” The group of over 30 independent media outfits in the country also vowed support to the more than 11,000 workers of the network, as well as Filipinos in general, as they asserted the incident of denial as blows to press freedom.

 

The National Union of Journalists of the Philippines stressed that the will of the people will prevail.

 

#NoToABSCBNFranchiseDenial, ABS-CBN, #DefendPressFreedom and #Halalan2022 became trending topics on Twitter.

 

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