Big question stumps Vilma Santos

A total of 13 hearings were conducted by the House committee on legislative franchises together with the committee on good government and public accountability focusing on issues such as citizenship of the network’s chair emeritus Gabby Lopez, the Lopez family’s reclamation of the company after the EDSA Revolution, the network’s involvement in alleged labor violations as well as tax-related issues, and their alleged political bias.

ABS-CBN goes off air

70 of the 85 members of the committee voted in favor of the resolution denying the franchise application of ABS-CBN Corp. to construct, install, establish, operate and maintain radio and broadcasting stations in the Philippines.

Life or death for ABS-CBN

On the voting procedure, while the hearings were jointly conducted by the two House panels, the rules agreed upon is that only the 46 members of the Legislative Franchise Committee, as well as the 44 House officials who are considered ex officio members, will be allowed to vote.

Cayetano pushes Build Back Better program

Cayetano said due to the difficulties brought about by the health crisis, the Build, Build, Build program should be converted into a Build Back Better program, which will prioritize an infrastructure program responsive to the “new normal” requirements of the health, education, agriculture, local roads and livelihood, information technology and tourism sectors.