Mr. M pens open letter for lawmakers, urges granting ABS-CBN new franchise


Posted at Jul 05 2020 10:10 PM | Updated as of Jul 06 2020 01:04 AM

MANILA - Star Magic head Johnny Manahan on Sunday took to social media to express his thoughts on the issue of the franchise renewal of ABS-CBN Corporation.

In an open letter posted on Star Magic's Instagram page, Manahan narrated his early days in the entertainment industry, doing different jobs until he became a director in 1970.

He then recalled how difficult it was for him to bounce from one channel to another when ABS-CBN went off air during martial law, and how he went back to the network in 1986.

"Now it seems that a gang of 4 wants to finish the long run of the ABS-CBN Corp. with their niggling, petty-fogging and hair-splitting, they have unearthed technicalities that only a talmudic scholar or medieval philosopher would appreciate," Manahan wrote.

"ABS-CBN is not perfect. No one said it was. It is open to criticism and is willing to correct mistakes and take concrete steps to improve itself. So let us not throw away the baby along with the bathwater!!!" he added.


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Lawmakers are set to tackle Monday the alleged biased reporting of ABS-CBN, the last issue surrounding its franchise.

The network, which has some 11,000 workers including those from its subsidiaries, has asked the Supreme Court to issue a temporary restraining order against the NTC's shutdown order. The high court will tackle the pleading on July 13.

The SC earlier dismissed the Office of the Solicitor General's quo warranto petition questioning ABS-CBN Corp's previous franchise, for being "moot and academic." The network's last franchise expired on May 4