Last week was a historic event for our country as the whole nation watched the twenty-man committee on franchise of the House of Representatives hit the final blow denying the renewal of the franchise. Needless to say, the justifications given by the Committee was far from what was elicited during the committee hearings from the high rankings officials of the network including no less than its owner, its chairman of the Board and other officials of the firm. It would appear that the recommendation of the three-man committee summarily organized by the Committee on Franchise was adopted by it en toto. Some legal observers expressed some doubts on how the franchise committee could have absorbed the 40-page report as to justify its use as basis for the denial. They claimed that it is next to impossible.They further maintained that 20-man committee members acted as the prosecutors and the judge at the same time. Be that as it may, the denial of the renewal has generated protests which reverberated in all corners of the country including but not limited to the eleven (11) House members who were rooting for the franchise approval. The eleven (11,000} thousand displaced workers of ABS-CBN and their families to the ordinary man on the street expressed disappointment and dismay as a consequence of the denial.
From latest TV, radio, and broadcast and print media reports the peaceful protests are continuing which includes candle lighting ceremonies and mobile caravans.
In fairness to the Duterte administration, the President through his erudite spokesperson Harry Rogue had denied that he orchestrated the decision. Given the membership of the committee however, who are all party mates of the President, and who are, after all, the President’s lapdog the excuse given is obviously lame.
Be that as it may, all is not lost for ABS-CBN. There will still be a day of reconning. Perhaps not through a People’s Initiative as some legal experts are suggesting, but definitely through another people’s use of the power of the pen.
Greetings to Tony Martirez and to Mits “Mitoy” San Jose who are now both permanent resident of Los Angeles, Calif. USA. Tony is from Baao, Camarines Sur while Mits is a native of Naga City. I know that through The Filipino Channel (TFC) they are all aware of our country’s happenings.
QUOTATION OF THE WEEK:
”DREAM AND SHARE YOUR DREAM SO THAT IT WILL LIVE ON.”
FOR OUR WORD OF LIFE:
“THE LORD WILL NOT ABANDON HIS PEOPLE.”