Vilma Santos files bill seeking to renew ABS-CBN franchise

‘Star for All Seasons’ and House Deputy Speaker Vilma Santos-Recto has filed a bill seeking to renew the broadcasting franchise of television giant ABS-CBN.

Santos-Recto filed House Bill 04305, which seeks to give ABS-CBN its 25 years of franchise.

A bill which was filed during the 17th Congress did not move from the committee level. The network’s franchise is set to expire next year.

Santos-Recto’s husband, Senate President Pro-Tempore Ralph Recto, also filed a similar bill in the Senate for the renewal of ABS-CBN’s franchise.

There are now four pending bills at the House Committee on Legislative Franchises pushing for the renewal of ABS-CBN’s franchise.

President Rodrigo Duterte has threatened that he will block of the renewal of the TV network’s franchise due to a 2016 election issue.

Staff Report

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