On Friday, a parliamentary committee in the Philippines refused to renew the license for ABS-CBN, one of the country’s largest broadcasters, after being forced to go off air in May. An overwhelming majority of Philippine lawmakers decided not to grant ABS-CBN a 25-year franchise, dismissing the request as “undeserving.” Renewal of broadcasting licenses in the Philippines is subject to congressional review. “The committee’s decision to reject our franchise renewal is painful. We thank the committee for allowing us to air our point of view on this issue. We will find other ways to continue to be of service to our countrymen,” ABS-CBN President Carlo Katigbak said in a televised statement. ABS-CBN and President Rodrigo Duterte have been at loggerheads since the 2016 presidential election. At the time, Duterte accused the network of not airing his paid political ads and instead accommodating his opponents. After becoming president, Duterte threatened to take the channel off air several times. “Your [ABS-CBN] franchise will end next year. If you expect it to be renewed, I’m sorry. I will see to it that you’re out,” Duterte said in December last year. Read more: Duterte’s four years in power — extrajudicial killings, rights abuses and terror During… Read full this story
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