Senator Risa Hontiveros took a jab at the house committee after the latter denied the renewal of ABS-CBN franchise.
“The non-renewal of ABS-CBN’s franchise has set a dangerous precedent. Because the government allowed politicking in the process of renewing a legislative franchise and succeeded in the shutting down a media institution, we have effectively begun to ring the death knell on press freedom in the coutnry,” she said.
Seventy members of the panel voted to adopt the report of the technical working group, while 11 voted against it. Two lawmakers inhibited from voting and 1 abstained.
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