Philippines’ House Won’t Tackle ABS-CBN Franchise, Speaker Says

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FILE PHOTO: A media crew cab enters the ABS-CBN Broadcasting Center, the office of the country's top broadcast network, following a move by the Philippine government to scrap its franchises, in Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines, February 10, 2020. REUTERS/Eloisa Lopez
FILE PHOTO: A media crew cab enters the ABS-CBN Broadcasting Center, the office of the country's top broadcast network, following a move by the Philippine government to scrap its franchises, in Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines, February 10, 2020. REUTERS/Eloisa Lopez

By Andreo Calonzo

Philippine broadcaster ABS-CBN Corp.’s franchise application will have to wait until the next Congress to be elected in 2022, Philippine House Speaker Lord Allan Velasco said.

The House of Representatives will prioritize economic bills including a proposal for another pandemic relief measure, Velasco said in a statement.

President Rodrigo Duterte on Feb. 8 said he won’t allow ABS-CBN to operate a free-to-air television channel even if it secures a new franchise from Congress.

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