Paolo Duterte, 2 others file resolution seeking probe on alleged ABS-CBN franchise violations

ABS-CBN News

Posted at May 11 2020 06:48 PM | Updated as of May 11 2020 07:31 PM

MANILA - Davao City Rep. Paolo Duterte, son of President Rodrigo Duterte, and two other House lawmakers on Monday filed a resolution seeking an investigation on the alleged violations of ABS-CBN Corporation of its legislative franchise.

House Resolution No. 853, introduced by Rep. Duterte, ACT-CIS Party-list Rep. Eric Yap and Rep. Abraham Tolentino, requests the House Committee on Legislative Franchises to conduct an investigation on the alleged violations by ABS-CBN.

Among the alleged violations mentioned in the resolution is ABS-CBN’s operation of a pay-per-view channel through its Kapamilya Box Office channel on ABS-CBN TV Plus.

The resolution also seeks to investigate the company’s issuance of Philippine Depository Receipts (PDRs) to non-Filipino citizens.

Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra, in February, said ABS-CBN's broadcast franchise authorized the network to introduce a pay-per-view feature.

The company’s broadcast franchise expired May 4, 2020.

The House of Representatives has yet to act on several bills seeking to grant a fresh 25-year franchise for ABS-CBN.

The network, which reached millions of Filipinos through its television, radio and online platforms, said it did not violate the law in its 65 years of service.

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- report from RG Cruz, ABS-CBN News