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.
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.