Non-renewal of ABS-CBN’s franchise not because of President Duterte’s objection: Sotto

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Senate President Vicente Sotto III has said that he does not believe that the reason for ABS-CBN’s non-renewal of franchise is President Rodrigo Duterte’s objection.

“Ang tagal na nito diba, 16th Congress, 17th Congress, 18th Congress. So let us not directly say na kasi ayaw ni Presidente kaya ayaw nilang kumilos,” Sotto said in an online interview with press as quoted by GMA News Online, May 6.

“Parang I cannot believe that because 2014 hindi naman si Presidente [Rodrigo Duterte] ang Presidente,” he added.

On September 11, 2014, under the 16th Congress, House Bill 4997 was filed seeking for the renewal of ABS-CBN’s franchise.