President Rodrigo Duterte’s daughter and Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio expressed her support for the franchise renewal of ABS-CBN Corp. following her father’s acceptance of the network’s apology over the airing of a 2016 election ad against him.
In a statement, Duterte-Carpio said that Davao City full supports the network giant on its campaign for a franchise renewal, saying that ABS-CBN has supported Davao City and the rest of the country.
“Hopefully, the franchise issue would be resolved in a very positive way,” said Duterte-Carpio.
To recall, the House of Representatives has yet to tackle several bills seeking the renewal of ABS-CBN’s license to operate, which expires in May and the media company is also facing a challenge lodged before the Supreme Court by Solicitor General Jose Calida.
The government’s lead lawyer sought to nullify ABS-CBN’s franchise due to alleged abuses like illegal pay-per-view offering and foreign ownership.
The President had repeatedly threatened to shut down ABS-CBN but on Wednesday, Duterte said he had accepted Katigbak’s apology, adding that the network’s franchise is up to Congress.
“You know President Duterte is emphatic. He is thinking of the jobs of ABS-CBN’s many employees,” said Duterte-Carpio.