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Kapamilya journalists more than happy that ABS-CBN will be broadcasting again

He said that President Duterte will be fair and approve the provisional license.

The House of Representatives Committee of the Whole filed House Bill No. 6732 on Wednesday granting ABS-CBN a provisional franchise to operate until October 31, 2020.

House Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano filed the measure and was praised by the public.

“There will be no rush judgment. Both the praise for and the charges against the network will be heard and will be put on public record.

“Whatever the outcome of these hearings will be, there will be reforms. There must be, not just a new, but a better normal. Not only for ABS-CBN, but for the entire media industry,” Cayetano said.

Kapamilya journalists were excited upon hearing the news and went on Twitter to express their joy.

In an interview with Teleradyo, Cayetano said that broadcasting may start as early as June.

“If everything goes well, God willing, Monday matapos namin on final reading, Tuesday nasa Senado. Kung kaya ng Senado one week, the week after next, latest first week ng June, on the air na ulit,” Cayetano said.

He also said that President Duterte will be fair and approve the provisional license.

“Ang ating Pangulo po ay abogado. Kung ako ang tanungin niya, ang sasabihin ko ‘sir, pang ano lang ‘to eh, pang-due process’.”

“Hindi ko alam kung ive-veto niya o hindi, pero sa pagkakilala ko sa ating pangulo, abogado eh, fairness, due process,” he added.

The interim license will “give both the House of Representatives and the Senate [time] to hear the issues being raised for and against the renewal, and assess, with complete impartiality and fairness, whether or not the network shall be granted a franchise for another 25 years.”

Section 4 of the “Responsibility to the Public,” bill states that ABS-CBN give, free of charge, “adequate public service time” that is “reasonable and sufficient” for government to reach the public for critical “announcements and warnings concerning public emergencies and calamities as necessity, urgency or law require.”

The bill also mandates ABS-CBN to “provide at all times sound and balanced programming; promote public participation; assist in the functions of public information and education; conform to the ethics of honest enterprise; promote audience sensibility and empowerment through, but not limited to, closed captioning; and not use its stations or facilities for the broadcasting of obscene and indecent language, speech, act or scene; or for the dissemination of deliberately false information or willful misrepresentation, to the detriment of the public interest, or to incite, encourage, or assist in subversive or treasonable acts.”

Written by Charles Teves

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