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


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. is the official news website of ABS-CBN Corp.

- report from RG Cruz, ABS-CBN News