By Richa Noriega
The Sandigan ng mga Empleyadong Nagkakaisa sa Adhikain ng Demokratikong Organisasyon (SENADO) expressed support on Wednesday for ABS-CBN Corporation amid the quo warranto case filed by the Office of the Solicitor General (OSG) on the alleged violations of its franchise.
“We express our support and sympathy to the workers of ABS-CBN and condemn all forms of harassment and vilification of people critical to any wrongdoings, unjust policies of the state, commits abuse of authority, and people who use power to silence critics, suppress freedom of expression and press freedom,” SENADO said in a statement.
The Senate employee’s union underscored that it is the responsibility of the state to establish these rights such as the freedom of the press and right to information, protect labor, and promote full employment, including the end of contractualization.
“To end the franchise of the assailed network is to put the lives of the workers and their families, including their children’s future in great peril, as casualties in retaliation to ABS-CBN,” it said.
SENADO said it firmly stands with the media network’s employees that such an action is not only aimed at attacking the company, but is also an attack on workers’ rights, particularly their job security.
“Let us not deprive our people [of] their right to information, and let us not deprive our workers [of] job security and decent wage,” they added.
ABS-CBN Corporation clarified on Wednesday that it has no outstanding tax liability with the Bureau of International Revenue (BIR), and that it has no unpaid obligations to any bank or financial institution.
On Monday, government lawyers asked the Supreme Court to forfeit the legislative franchises of ABS-CBN Corporation and its subsidiary, ABS-CBN Convergence, Inc.
Published reports stated that ABS-CBN’s franchise will expire next month. Several bills have been filed in Congress for the renewal of the franchise. (With a report from Rey Panaligan)
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