Church leader urges Congress to renew ABS-CBN franchise

Published July 6, 2020, 10:27 AM

by Christina Hermoso

Manila Archdiocese Apostolic Administrator Broderick S. Pabillo is urging Congress to renew the franchise of media giant ABS-CBN, citing the need for reliable public information particularly at this time of crisis.

Manila Auxiliary Bishop Broderick Pabillo
(CBCP NEWS / FILE PHOTO / MANILA BULLETIN)

Pabillo made an appeal to the members of Congress, stating that the lawmakers should set aside political agenda and affiliations regarding the issue.

Pabillo believes having ABS-CBN on air would greatly contribute to the nation’s battle against the dreaded COVID-19.

“The public needs reliable and up-to-date information at a time of pandemic as well as entertainment as they stay indoors during the community quarantine,” Pabillo said over Church-run Radio Veritas.

The prelate is hopeful members of Congress would consider the common good in reviewing ABS-CBN’s bid for renewal and not use their power to control the media.

“I am urging Congress who shall be holding the 12th House hearing on the franchise renewal of ABS-CBN today, July 6, that the public must be kept informed and not be deprived of a source of information and developments on the pandemic,” said Pabillo.

 
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