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Lawmakers are now playing hero, threatening NTC for contempt as public sympathy (real, non-troll people) is with ABS-CBN. Truth is, they had months/years to renew the franchise but they didn’t. Here’s an admission back in February:
The drama over the 2016 political ads has been resolved. Authorities cleared the network from any tax, labor, corporate law violations. Still nothing.

Cayetano used Taal and even the first few COVID-19 cases as excuses. Here’s a throwback:
“Bakit kasi hindi inayos ng ABS agad?”

A bill renewing its franchise has been pending in the House since Nov. 2016. It wasn’t tackled so the solon refiled on July 1, 2019 — the second day of the 18th Congress. Here’s a timeline:
Albay Rep. Edcel Lagman has spelled it out for us:
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