- Senator Nancy Binay said she still favors the franchise renewal of ABS-CBN
- Binay said that while she and her family have been unfairly treated by the media, she sets it aside because “it’s not about me”
- She said that the network losing its franchise would a big loss to access of information in the country
Senator Nancy Binay admitted that while she has has differences with ABS-CBN, she still favors the renewal of its franchise.
Binay said that if ever the bill for the franchise renewal of broadcast network ABS-CBN reaches the senate, she would vote in favor of it. She revealed that while she and her family have “differences” with the network, the renewal of its franchise is not about her.
She said, “My family has not been treated well by ABS-CBN but I will vote in favor of its franchise if it reaches the senate because it’s not about me. Naiintindihan ko din naman iyong mga reklamo against ABS-CBN but mas mahalaga iyong freedom to information and access to information.”
Binay and her family have ba
ttled with allegations of corrup tion and admitted being unfairly treated by the media.
The senator said she is setting aside her personal sentiments because she knows losing the network would be a big blow to access of information in the country.
“Kapag nawala itong ABS-CBN, malaking dagok iyon sa access natin to information. At siyempre iniisip din natin iyong mawawalan ng trabaho,” Binay said.
This came after Solicitor General Jose Calida filed a petition before the Supreme Court to revoke the existing franchise of ABS-CBN. According to the SolGen, the network violated rules set by Congress with its “highly
abusiv e practices.”
“The legislative franchises of ABS-CBN Corporation and its subsidiary, ABS-CBN Convergence, Inc., must be revoked. A franchise is a special privilege granted by the State, and should be restricted only to entities which faithfully adhere to our Constitution and laws,” Calida’s statement reads.
He explained that ABS-CBN allowed foreign investors to “take part in the ownership of a Philippine mass media entity.”