Group welcomes Sotto bill seeking renewal of ABS-CBN franchise

Published January 5, 2021, 9:14 AM

by Leslie Ann Aquino

Defend Jobs Philippines has welcomed the filing by Senate President Vicente Sotto III of a bill seeking to renew the franchise of ABS-CBN.

This view shows the ABS-CBN network headquarters in Quezon City in the Metro Manila area on May 5, 2020. (Photo by Maria TAN / AFP / MANILA BULLETIN)

The labor group said the move rekindles the hope of the displaced workers of the broadcast network.

Defend Jobs said it also rekindles the hope of the rest of the Filipinos who have already longed for the “quality information, entertainment, and public service being offered by the network.”

“This move of Senator Sotto is a breath of fresh air over the shutdown of the media giant that resulted in the loss of thousands of workers and employees of the Kapamilya network,” said Christian Lloyd Magsoy, Defend Jobs Philippines spokesman.

Defend Jobs Philippines urged pro-administration and opposition lawmakers both in the Senate and Congress to rethink their earlier positions against the franchise renewal of ABS-CBN.

Magsoy asked congressmen and senators to “rebuild themselves and start voting according to their conscience and for the benefit of Filipino workers and people” on the issue of ABS-CBN franchise renewal.

On Monday, Sotto filed Senate Bill 1967 which seeks to grant ABS-CBN a new license to operate its television and radio broadcasting stations for 25 years.