The ANC Brief: Provisional franchise


Posted at May 14 2020 05:00 AM

Initial steps have been taken in Congress for the resolution of the ABS-CBN network’s woes. Here are the stories making the headlines on ANC today:

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'Back on the air by June'
A House of Representatives committee approved on Wednesday a bill granting a provisional franchise to ABS-CBN. The bill allows the network to air on free TV until October. House Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano, who authored the bill along with other House leaders, said the network could be back on the air probably by June.

House divided
Speaking of Cayetano, the House Speaker broke his silence and hit back at those who complained about the House dilly-dallying on the franchise. He criticized his fellow congressmen who criticized his leadership and handling of the ABS-CBN issue, claiming they should be ashamed for insulting the House.

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The law is the law?
Social media exploded in the past few days after photos of a birthday “party” of Metro Manila police chief Maj. Gen. Debold Sinas circulated. The pictures showed Sinas and around 50 policemen at the gathering who were not practicing social distancing, were not wearing masks and were drinking alcohol. For the past few weeks, Sinas and his men have been going after Metro Manila residents violating the quarantine. An internal probe into the celebration has been launched. Sinas has apologized but claimed the photos were edited. Interior Secretary Eduardo Ano reminded public servants to observe “delicadeza.”

On fake news
Her critics say she is responsible for spreading much of the "fake news" online targeted at critics of the President. But finally, after all this time, the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) has summoned Mocha Uson to explain a "fake news" item she spread online. The summons comes after the NBI arrested a public school teacher who offered money to anyone who can kill the President. The NBI also said it was going after netizens who threatened the life of the Vice President.

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Fit for the future
With increased demand for home exercise equipment and rental, the popularity of online classes, and concerns on health and safety, how will gyms and studios adjust after the lockdown? ANCX talks to several in the fitness industry to see how they'll work things out.