House Likely to Reject ABS-CBN Franchise, According to Initial Tally

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ABS-CBN is unlikely to have its congressional franchised renewed, according to documents obtained by The Manila Times.

In a report titled “ABS-CBN Doomed,” the paper revealed the initial tally of votes in the House showed that “No” has the majority with 57 votes against the franchise renewal. Only 25 voted “Yes”, and 10 voted “Unsure.”

A total of 92 congressman will vote on the matter, with 46 coming from the Committee on Legislative Franchises, and the remaining 46 coming from House leaders and ex-officio members.

The vote will happen tomorrow, Thursday, July 9. ABS-CBN was shut down on May 5, and the network’s executives have since attended 12 congressional hearings on the franchise renewal.

If the ABS-CBN franchise bill is approved tomorrow, it will reach the plenary level and be subjected to two more readings. If it is rejected tomorrow, it’s the end of the line.

The Manila Times did not reveal its source for these documents.

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