Philippines’ House Won’t Tackle ABS-CBN Franchise, Speaker Says

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Philippine broadcaster ABS-CBN Corp.’s franchise application will have to wait until the next Congress to be elected in 2022, Philippine House Speaker Lord Allan Velasco said.

The House of Representatives will prioritize economic bills including a proposal for another pandemic relief measure, Velasco said in a statement.

President Rodrigo Duterte on Feb. 8 said he won’t allow ABS-CBN to operate a free-to-air television channel even if it secures a new franchise from Congress.

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