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House poised to grill ABS-CBN on 2016 election coverage

Jul 05, 2020 - 8:55 PM

The 2016 election coverage of ABS-CBN has long been an issue for President Rodrigo Duterte and his allies, including his former running mate, House Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano

SESSION UNDER COVID. Lawmakers hold a hearing at the Batasang Pambansa with physical distancing. File photo from Office of House of Majority Leader Martin Romualdez

'Laban lang': How an ABS-CBN teleserye writer is coping with the network shutdown

Jul 05, 2020 - 5:00 PM

Chino Nicanor, a writer for the drama 'A Soldier's Heart,' is just one of the thousands of employees affected by the shutdown of the media giant

Makati Business Club again urges lawmakers to renew ABS-CBN franchise

Jul 05, 2020 - 4:15 PM

'Equal treatment of all companies – especially by regulators, prosecutors, and lawmakers – will signal that rule of law prevailed,' says the Makati Business Club

Members of the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines and the Photojournalists’ Center of the Philippines holds a candle lighting protest at the Sgt. Esguerra gate of the ABS-CBN compound on July 3, 2020. The National Telecommunications Commission ordered ABS-CBN to stop the operations of Sky Direct and TV Plus on June 30. Photos by Angie de Silva/Rappler

[OPINION] The ABS-CBN hearings: A theater of the absurd

Jul 03, 2020 - 3:18 PM

'There’s something rather aberrant about Marcoleta: he just won’t stop flogging a dead horse, whether it be the Lopez citizenship or any other carcass, which is the precise lifeless state common to all the issues raised against ABS-CBN'

Remulla: Amcara Broadcasting Network is ABS-CBN’s ‘dummy’

Jul 02, 2020 - 6:33 PM

(UPDATED) Amcara executives admit that its transmitters for its digital services were provided by ABS-CBN, and that Channel 43's airtime was devoted to ABS-CBN's digital channels

DUMMY? 7th District Representative Jesus Crispin Remulla interpellates Amcara Broadcasting Network officials during the 11th House hearing on ABS-CBN's franchise woes on July 2, 2020. Screenshot from the House of Representatives' YouTube account

LIVE: House hearing on ABS-CBN franchise renewal

Jul 02, 2020 - 1:46 PM

Watch the House session live

Caught on video, Remulla sorry for writing note during ‘Lupang Hinirang’

Jul 01, 2020 - 8:43 PM

The deputy speaker blames ‘ABS-CBN people’ for ‘playing it up on social media’

SORRY NOT SORRY? Cavite 7th District Representative Boying Remulla apologizes on July 1, 2020 for taking notes during the flag ceremony two day prior. Screenshot from the House of Representatives' Facebook page

ABS-CBN’s Big Dipper, Lingkod Kapamilya Foundation ‘not tax avoidance schemes’

Jul 01, 2020 - 7:13 PM

ABS-CBN Group chief financial officer Ricardo Tan also debunks allegations the network supposedly recorded a negative 5% effective tax rate in 2018

DEFENDING THE KAPAMILYA. ABS-CBN Group chief financial officer Ricardo Tan faces the House committees on legislative franchises, and good government and public accountability on July 1, 2020. Screenshot from the House of Representatives' Youtube account

Sky Fiber internet unaffected by cease and desist order

Jul 01, 2020 - 4:06 PM

Sky says its cable service is also unaffected by the cease and desist order


Nadine Lustre slams Jobert Sucaldito for statement at ABS-CBN franchise renewal hearing

Jul 01, 2020 - 1:55 PM

'Inalis ka sa trabaho dahil mali yung sinabi mo,' the actress says

NADINE LUSTRE. The actress calls out former DZMM actor Jobert Sucaldito on Instagram. File photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

In ABS-CBN hearing, House tackles labor conditions in TV networks

Jun 30, 2020 - 9:38 PM

Are alleged unfair labor practices even a ground to deny a franchise? Lawyer Tony La Viña says it is up to Congress, where franchise renewals 'are not legal proceedings but political in nature'

EMBATTLED NETWORK. Pictured here is the headquarters of media network ABS-CBN in Quezon City on June 30, 2020. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

NUJP slams new 'determined effort' to shutter ABS-CBN

Jun 30, 2020 - 9:37 PM

The National Union of Journalists of the Philippines makes its stand clear after ABS-CBN's digital broadcast on TV Plus in Metro Manila and Sky Cable's satellite TV service are ordered to stop their broadcast

'Kapit, kapamilya’: Netizens rally support as ABS-CBN faces new shutdown threats

Jun 30, 2020 - 8:52 PM

In their tweets, Filipino netizens empathized with ABS-CBN employees whose jobs are further threatened by fresh attempts to close their subsidiaries

Musicians, talent managers' groups call for ABS-CBN franchise renewal

Jun 30, 2020 - 5:59 PM

OPM president Ogie Alcasid and PAMI president June Rufino give statements at the House hearing on June 30

OFF-AIR. Broadcast giant ABS-CBN shuts down on May 5 following an order to cease operations from the National Telecommunications Commission. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

NTC shuts down ABS-CBN's Sky Direct, TV Plus channels

Jun 30, 2020 - 5:16 PM

(4th UPDATE) The National Telecommunications Commission delivers fresh blows against media giant ABS-CBN, further limiting its audience reach

The National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) orders ABS-CBN to stop operations of Sky Cable of its satellite service on Tuesday, June 30, 2020. ABS-CBN employees and some media supporters went lighted candles and decry the new cease and desist order. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler


SolGen advises NTC to also shut down ABS-CBN TV Plus, Channel 43

Jun 29, 2020 - 7:05 PM

The Office of the Solicitor General argues the NTC's cease and desist order against ABS-CBN also covers TV Plus and the shows it airs over Channel 43

SOLGEN VS ABS-CBN. Solicitor General Jose Calida holds a press conference at Camp Crame on February 10, 2020. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Lawmakers threaten graft case vs NTC's Cordoba for allowing ABS-CBN TV Plus to continue

Jun 29, 2020 - 4:22 PM

NTC Commissioner Gamaliel Cordoba argues ABS-CBN TV Plus and Channel 43 are supposedly covered by the cease and desist order issued versus the network, but the NTC fails to strictly implement its own issuance

HOT SEAT. NTC Commissioner Gamaliel Cordoba answers lawmakers' questions in a Senate hearing on February 24, 2020. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler  HOT SEAT. NTC Commissioner Gamaliel Cordoba answers lawmakers' questions in a Senate hearing on February 24, 2020. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

WATCH: 'Sineskwela' cast reunite online

Jun 28, 2020 - 3:59 PM

Cast members Cristine Bersola-Babao, Brenan Espartinez, Roobak Calle, Sheena Ramos, and Icko Gonzalez look back on their time on the show

Artists, managers of shuttered network ABS-CBN take pay cut

Jun 27, 2020 - 8:04 PM

'In good times, ABS-CBN has been with us. In bad times, we want to be there for them,' says Professional Artist Managers Incorporated president June Rufino

SHUT. The National Telecommunications Commission(NTC) issues a cease and desist order to the giant network ABS-CBN effective immediately on May 5, 2020. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Supreme Court junks Calida's quo warranto vs ABS-CBN Corp for being moot

Jun 23, 2020 - 1:21 PM

(UPDATED) The case against ABS-CBN Convergence remains. ABS-CBN's shutdown is also still in effect.

SHUT. The National Telecommunications Commission(NTC) has issued a cease and desist order to the giant network ABS-CBN effective immediately. May 5, 2020. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler


[OPINION] #ABiasCBN, #RapplerFakeNews: A case of pro-admin 'media literacy?'

Jun 19, 2020 - 12:50 PM

'A democracy needs media-literate citizens who can hold their media institutions accountable, as much as we need these media institutions to do their jobs of holding the government accountable'

Enrile echoes ABS-CBN: Lopezes did not lose ownership during Martial Law takeover

Jun 17, 2020 - 5:33 PM

Martial Law implementer Juan Ponce Enrile tells lawmakers that though the Marcos regime took over ABS-CBN, the title of the facilities 'remained with the owners'

SEQUESTERING ABS-CBN. Former Martial Law chief implementer Juan Ponce Enrile joins the joint House committee hearing on ABS-CBN's franchise on June 17, 2020 through video conferencing app Zoom. Screenshot from Zoom

Cavite lawmaker: Lopezes got ‘preferential treatment’ over other Martial Law victims

Jun 15, 2020 - 10:15 PM

Cavite 4th District Representative Elpidio Barzaga Jr says Martial Law victims are still waiting for their compensation decades after Marcos was ousted

MAKING A CASE VS ABS-CBN. Cavite 4th District Representative Elipidio Barzaga speaks during the ABS-CBN franchise hearing on June 15, 2020. Screenshot from the House of Representatives' Youtube account

ABS-CBN's PDR holders have no rights to own, manage network

Jun 11, 2020 - 3:51 PM

(3rd UPDATE) ABS-CBN tells a House panel that when it sold Philippine Depositary Receipts to foreign companies, the latter were only entitled to dividends, not shares of stock

OWNERSHIP IN QUESTION. ABS-CBN's executives and lawyers attend the House joint hearing on June 3, 2020. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Supreme Court deliberations on ABS-CBN set for July 13

Jun 11, 2020 - 12:14 PM

Chief Justice Diosdado Peralta is not certain if there will be a resolution by July 13, despite ABS-CBN's urgent request for a temporary restraining order

SHUT DOWN. The National Telecommunications Commission(NTC) issues a cease and desist order to the giant network ABS-CBN that shut down the network on May 5, 2020. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler


FALSE: Ex-BIR chief Kim Henares 'speaks up' on computation of ABS-CBN's taxes

Jun 10, 2020 - 4:25 PM

The video does not contain a statement or admission from former Bureau of Internal Revenue commissioner Kim Henares about ABS-CBN's taxes

Liza Soberano explains why 'Make It With You' will not return

Jun 10, 2020 - 1:57 PM

Liza says factors like the rising coronavirus cases is just one of the reasons why the show has been cancelled

Marcoleta: Why is Sky Cable allowed to operate with a lapsed franchise?

Jun 08, 2020 - 9:09 PM

The NTC cites Executive Order 205 signed by ex-president Cory Aquino in 1987, which 'removed' the franchise requirement for cable TV operators

ABS-CBN accuser Marcoleta asks Gabby Lopez to recite ‘Panatang Makabayan'

Jun 08, 2020 - 6:11 PM

Netizens are having none of 1-SAGIP Representative Rodante Marcoleta's antics, calling him a 'joke' for his treatment of the ABS-CBN chairman emeritus

THE ACCUSER. House Deputy Speaker Rodante Marcoleta interpellates ABS-CBN chairman emeritus Gabby Lopez on June 3, 2020. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

'2gether: The Series' will be streaming on ABS-CBN's platforms

Jun 07, 2020 - 4:56 PM

The Thai show will be streaming on iWant and on the new Kapamilya Channel

BRIGHTWIN. Thai actors Bright and Win appear in an episode of the hit BL show '2gether: The series.' Screenshot from Youtube.com/GMMTVSPOTLIKE

Liza Soberano and Enrique Gil’s ‘Make It With You’ is not going back on air

Jun 05, 2020 - 9:59 PM

Ogie Diaz, Liza's manager, says the LizQuen tandem will be starring in a new show

LIZQUEN. Enrique Gil and Liza Soberano star in 'Make It With You,' a show meant to be their TV comeback. File photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

FALSE: ABS-CBN's 'effective tax rate in 2018 was at negative 5%'

Jun 05, 2020 - 5:37 PM

ABS-CBN's 2018 audited financial statement says they had an effective tax rate of 4%

'Ang Probinsyano,' other ABS-CBN shows to return via cable, satellite TV

Jun 04, 2020 - 9:42 PM

Kapamilya Channel will air on cable starting June 13

DOJ asserts: 'Gabby Lopez is a Filipino citizen since birth'

Jun 03, 2020 - 3:54 PM

Justice Undersecretary Emmeline Aglipay Villar also tells a joint House panel that ABS-CBN chairman emeritus Gabby Lopez did not lose his Filipino citizenship when he used his American passport to travel

ABS-CBN OFFICIALS. Executives of embattled network ABS-CBN listen as their chairman emeritus Gabby Lopez answers lawmakers' questions through video conferencing app Zoom in joint House hearing on June 3, 2020. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Gabby Lopez: I didn't renounce PH citizenship, take U.S. pledge of allegiance

Jun 03, 2020 - 11:39 AM

But ABS-CBN's chairman emeritus also admits that he had voted in the 2016 presidential elections in the United States

HOT SEAT. ABS-CBN chairman emeritus Gabby Lopez answers lawmakers' questions on his citizenship via the Zoom app on June 3, 2020. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

SC junks Gadon case vs ABS-CBN, but hardly a win for still shut network

Jun 02, 2020 - 5:05 PM

Larry Gadon's thrown-out petition hardly does anything for the embattled network as its bid to go back on air is still in the pleadings process

SCOLDED. Supreme Court scolds Larry Gadon over a petition he filed against ABS-CBN. Photo by Rappler


Cardo vs Calida? SolGen hits back at Coco Martin over ABS-CBN closure

Jun 01, 2020 - 5:49 PM

Looks like Cardo Dalisay has earned himself another enemy in the person of the Solicitor General

Calida: ‘I am not at loggerheads with Congress’ over ABS-CBN shutdown

Jun 01, 2020 - 4:09 PM

Solicitor General Jose Calida says this weeks after telling the public to blame lawmakers for the closure of ABS-CBN

SOLGEN VS CONGRESS? Solicitor General Jose Calida attends a press conference at Camp Crame on February 10, 2020 during the CIDG's 67th Founding Anniversary. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Representatives Vilma Santos, Loren Legarda defend ABS-CBN: Network ‘went above and beyond’ duty

Jun 01, 2020 - 2:30 PM

Sol Aragones and Joy Myra Tambunting also join former ABS-CBN personalities who are now in Congress in pushing for the renewal of the media giant's franchise

FALSE: ABS-CBN violated Constitution for being in airwaves for more than 50 years

May 30, 2020 - 7:43 PM

Law experts say Deputy Speaker Rodante Marcoleta misinterpreted the provision in the Constitution regarding the 50-year cap for franchises

[EXPLAINER] Manila Times 'exposé' grossly false about Gabby Lopez's citizenship

May 30, 2020 - 10:00 AM

Born in the United States to Filipino parents, ABS-CBN’s chairman emeritus is simultaneously considered a national by both the Philippines and the US. No law requires him to renounce either of them.

SC applicants doubt ABS-CBN can get remedy from High Court

May 28, 2020 - 8:45 PM

In several questions throughout the Judicial and Bar Council interview, the applicants agree that ABS-CBN's fate is mostly up to Congress

ONLINE INTERVIEW. CA Justice Edwin Sorongon is interviewed via Zoom by the Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) in a first ever online interview for the search of a new Supreme Court justice. Screenshot from JBC

FALSE: ABS-CBN’s 1995 franchise allows only one channel

May 28, 2020 - 5:21 PM

(UPDATED) Nothing in ABS-CBN’s 1995 franchise says that it allows the broadcast of only one channel

PARTLY FALSE: Gabby Lopez is an American citizen

May 28, 2020 - 2:54 PM

Lopez is a dual citizen – he is Filipino because he was born to Filipino parents, and is also an American because he was born in the US

Netizens hit Marcoleta's 'distasteful' use of Kim Chiu video at ABS-CBN hearing

May 26, 2020 - 6:08 PM

'Using Kim Chiu's controversial statement to deliver your point is distasteful humor and a form of shaming that is uncalled for,' says a netizen

‘Bawal magpalabas’? Lawmaker uses viral Kim Chiu video to hit ABS-CBN

May 26, 2020 - 5:49 PM

House Deputy Speaker Rodante Marcoleta ends his speech, too, with a video of Kapamilya star Vice Ganda jokingly challenging Pastor Apollo Quiboloy way back in 2019

1-SAGIP CONGRESSMAN. House Deputy Speaker Rodante Marcoleta gestures during an interview. Rappler file photo

Calida justifies NTC's different treatment of ABS–CBN

May 26, 2020 - 5:09 PM

Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra sticks to a contrary position that ABS–CBN must be allowed to air in the interim

SHUT DOWN. The National Telecommunications Commission(NTC) issued a cease and desist order on the giant network ABS-CBN on May 5, 2020. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

FALSE: Grace Poe to file bill blocking Facebook in light of ABS-CBN shutdown

May 25, 2020 - 8:14 PM

Her supposed plan to block Facebook is a rehashed claim that has been debunked as early as 2018

FALSE: ABS-CBN 'jacked up the number of its employees'

May 24, 2020 - 4:29 PM

The 11,017 figure that ABS-CBN mentioned includes employees of their broadcast business and other subsidiaries as of December 2019

[PODCAST] Law of Duterte Land: ABS-CBN and the 3 tangled branches of government

May 23, 2020 - 5:46 PM

We talk to President Rodrigo Duterte's former government corporate counsel, Rudolf Jurado, who says the 10% public service ad clause violates the constitutional guarantee to just compensation