Netizens demanded accountability after an overwhelming majority of the House committee on legislative franchises voted on Friday, July 10, to reject the franchise application of ABS-CBN.
ABS-CBN is the country’s largest media network. The company enjoyed a 25-year franchise until the National Telecommunications Commission ordered it to halt broadcasting operations earlier in May.
With the decision, the network may be forced to lay off or terminate the services of several of its 11,000 workers. ABS-CBN could still appeal the decision within 24 hours. (Scenarios: What happens to ABS-CBN franchise after House panel vote?)
ABS-CBN, #NoToABSCBNFranchiseDenial, #IbalikAngABSCBN, and #WeAreOneKapamilya topped the country’s trending topics on Twitter shortly after the House committee handed down its verdict.
Other trending topics included #Halalan2022, MANININGIL ANG KASAYSAYAN, REMEMBER THIS DAY, NEVER FORGET, and Congress.
Netizens were already looking forward to a “day of reckoning,” demanding the names of the 70 congressmen who voted for the denial of the franchise. Netizens also reminded other Filipinos to vote wisely in the 2022 elections.
Social media users also sympathized with the 11,000 workers whose livelihoods were affected by the rejection of the network’s franchise.
A handful of Filipinos also questioned if the rejection of the network’s franchise was an appropriate response to the current coronavirus crisis plaguing the nation. Others juxtaposed this with the recently signed anti-terror law.
Here’s what other netizens had to say:
What do you think of this development? – Rappler.com