ANC Brief: Debates on a franchise


Posted at Feb 26 2020 04:15 AM

The debate on the ABS-CBN franchise rages on in both Houses of Congress. Here are the stories making the headlines on ANC today:

Sen. Franklin Drilon said he would file a concurrent resolution in the Senate to allow ABS-CBN to operate until 2022. Cebu Rep. Raul Del Mar filed a similar resolution in the House. But the heads of both Houses are cool to the idea of passing such a resolution. Senate President Tito Sotto questioned the need for such a resolution. And House Majority Leader Martin Romualdez said he will let the House Committee on Legislative Franchise deal with the resolution. Meanwhile, Sen. Grace Poe, who led last Monday’s Senate hearing on the franchise, will guest on ANC's "Headstart" Wednesday to give her assessment of the hearing.

History repeating
The country marked on Tuesday the anniversary of the EDSA uprising that toppled the Marcos dictatorship. But for those who fought the regime, it seems like history is repeating itself. According to former Vice President Jejomar Binay and former Sen. Serge Osmena III, the threat to shut down ABS-CBN is “definitely a repeat” of the Marcos years. As background, former dictator Ferdinand Marcos declared Martial Law, and he ordered the government to take control of media outlets, including ABS-CBN.

Some 400 Filipinos working on the virus-stricken Diamond Princess cruise ship should be back in the Philippines by now. The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said 80 Filipinos on the cruise ship tested positive for COVID-19. The government is also weighing a possible travel ban to South Korea. COVID is spreading in Italy and Iran. Some 80,000 people are infected by COVID around the world.

Third telco
How is the third telecom DITO doing? The Department of Information and Communications Techology (DICT) will inspect DITO facilities, which will be followed by a press conference with DICT Sec. Gringo Honasan. The firm said it is ready to roll out services in July. ANC will provide updates on the press conference.

Island living
David Del Rosario is living his best life one squeeze of lime at a time. ANCX talks to the stockbroker, who left Manila to open the first kinilaw-only restaurant in Siargao.