California officials urge Philippine lawmakers to renew ABS-CBN’s 25-year franchise

DALY CITY — In solidarity, the Daly City Council — composed of mostly Fil-Am elected officials — recently sent a letter to the Philippine Congress’ committee on legislative franchises, to urge Philippine lawmakers to grant ABS-CBN netwrk a 25-year franchise renewal.

The council’s letter said that 34 percent of Daly City’s 100,000 residents have Philippine roots, making it one of the largest Filipino settlements in the U.S.

They said it is through ABS-CBN’s international arm — The Filipino Channel — that Filipinos abroad remain connected to their homeland.

“The Daly City council drafted a letter in support of ABS-CBN because of its phenomenal work informing the Filipino community in the Philippines and around the world. They need to remain intact most especially in a time when we have this pandemic.” said Vice Mayor Juslyn Manalo.

ABS-CBN, the biggest Philippine media network that reaches millions of Filipinos through its television, radio and internet platforms, was shut down by regulators last May 5, a day after its franchise expired.

The Daly City council joined San Mateo County Supervisor David Canepa, as well as groups like the U.S. Pinoys for Good Governance, the National Federation of Filipino American Associations, and the Malaya Movement in condemning the shutdown and calling for the network to be brought back on air.

“I believe a steadfast and growing support for ABS-CBN shows the need and also the hope that everyone has that this will remain for another 25 years.”

ABS-CBN’s North America headquarters is based in Daly City as well, where employees await the fate of the network’s franchise and their jobs.

“My hearts and prayers go out to the ABS-CBN employees in Daly City and also in the Philippines and around the world during this uncertain time. I know even in these times you’re doing your best to provide news to the community without skipping a beat. And we are in prayers and solidarity with each and everyone of you.”

Meanwhile in the Philippines, ABS-CBN’s leadership continues to testify in congressional hearings on the franchise renewal, emphasizing the need to provide content in time of pandemic – while also protecting the livelihood of over 11,000 employees.

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    30 May 2020 at 8:57 pm - Reply

    The decision relies on DUTERTE, he has the VETO power, two more months delay the 11,000 ABS-CBN will file for their non-issuance of their Social Security. Without proper complaints the Dept of Labor will never act, there should be a complaint filed. It was former DOL Sec who declare that ABS-CBN employees are contractual workers, but some employees filed complain at the Dept of Labor and they were given Social Security. The major issue will be the ABS-CBN Building, the money spent came from the Lopez Foundation. A foundation can not put up a building as an official TV Station office. The money of the foundation came from donations from the people, given during storm, earthquake, and catastrophe. The building is the money of the people, the foundation’s money should be used for the people’s needs. DUTERTE is playing Dumb, but he knows what is going on.