THE House of Representatives on Monday reconsidered the approval on 2nd reading of HB 6732, which seeks to grant ABS-CBN a provisional franchise.
This was after the lower house approved the bill on second reading last week on the same day it was filed.
With that, lawmakers have reopened a period of debates and amendments to the measure.
First to interpellate was veteran lawmaker Edcel Lagman who questioned the constitutionality of the chamber’s move of expediting the ABS- CBN franchise.
But Deputy Speaker LRay Villafuerte says they did not violate the constitution as the committee of the whole is part of the process.
Meanwhile, House Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano sponsored the franchise bill and defended the requirement for ABS-CBN to allocate 10 percent of its paid commercials and advertisements to the national government.
This was after the veteran lawyer at the same time Cagayan de Oro Rep. Rufus Rodriguez took note of Section 4 of the bill.
The provision defines public service time as ten percent of the paid commercials or advertisements which shall be allocated based on the need to the executive, legislative judiciary, constitutional commissions, and international humanitarian organizations duly recognized by statutes.
In relation to the ABS- CBN Franchise, the camp of lawyer Larry Gadon says that ABS- CBN violated the hierarchy of courts when it filed a temporary restraining order to the Supreme Court against the NTC’s Cease and Desist Order.
Gadon said the court should not entertain ABS-CBN’s petition for a temporary restraining order because it went straight to SC without going to the Court of Appeals or without exhausting other remedies such as a motion for reconsideration before the National Telecommunications Commission.
Also today, Gadon went to the Senate where he formally filed an appeal urging 9 senators whom he said has direct contact to ABS- CBN to inhibit to all deliberations and voting of the franchise bill.