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Over 23,000 TNVS units, taxis can ply Metro Manila roads again under GCQ

May 31, 2020 - 8:38 PM

The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board reminds drivers, operators, and passengers to follow health protocols to prevent the spread of COVID-19

COMMUTING. Taxis accept services at SM North Edsa. Photo by Jasmin Dulay/Rappler

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

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

LIVE: Senate hearing on non-expiration of franchises

May 27, 2020 - 9:24 AM

Watch the Senate hearing live on Rappler

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

LIVE: House hearing on ABS-CBN franchise renewal

May 26, 2020 - 1:17 PM

Watch the House session live on Rappler

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

ABS-CBN employees petition House to grant network new franchise

May 23, 2020 - 4:39 PM

The petition, which got over a million signatures in just day, is launched days before the House hearing on ABS-CBN's franchise renewal bills

Employees and supporters of ABS CBN continue their Friday protest to demand from the government to renew their franchise on February 28, 2020. Holding a rally at the ABS CBN compound at Sgt. Esquearra in Quezon City. Reiterating their call to defend press freedom and vowed to continue the protest actions until the franchise have been renewed. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

[PODCAST] ‘Yung Totoo?: Fact checking ABS-CBN shutdown claims

May 20, 2020 - 7:47 PM

From July 2019 to May 2020, Rappler has debunked at least 13 false posts about the issue

House to decide on new ABS-CBN franchise 'by August' – Cayetano

May 20, 2020 - 12:02 PM

The House committee on legislative franchises will resume its hearings on the ABS-CBN franchise bill on May 26

ABS-CBN CLOSURE. Several ABS-CBN supporters light candles in front of the network's Quezon City headquarters after it was ordered shut down on May 5, 2020. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

House drops bill granting interim franchise to ABS-CBN

May 19, 2020 - 5:00 PM

(UPDATED) Instead, the House of Representatives will immediately resume hearings on the bills granting a new 25-year franchise for ABS-CBN, says Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano

HOUSE SPEAKER. Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano presides a special session on March 23, 2020. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

[OPINION] ABS-CBN and the power of 'non-essentials'

May 19, 2020 - 3:41 PM

'Feeding the imagination is just as important as giving people bread'

Without a franchise, ABS-CBN may start laying off workers by August

May 19, 2020 - 12:40 PM

'I'm afraid if we cannot get back on air soon, by August we may have to consider a retrenchment process,' ABS-CBN president and CEO Carlo Katigbak tells senators

JOB SECURITY THREATENED. ABS-CBN went off the air after the National Telecommunications Commission issued a cease and desist order to the giant network ABS-CBN effective immediately. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Still no TRO vs ABS-CBN cease and desist order

May 19, 2020 - 11:27 AM

(3rd UPDATE) The Supreme Court gives the National Telecommunications Commission 10 days to comment on the ABS-CBN petition against the NTC order

FRANCHISE. ABS CBN talents and artists hold a protest on February 28, 2020, to call for the renewal of the network's franchise. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

WATCH: Senate hearing on ABS-CBN franchise renewal

May 19, 2020 - 8:43 AM

Watch the Senate session live on Rappler

'Equal protection': Cayetano defends 10% ads for gov't use in ABS-CBN franchise bill

May 18, 2020 - 8:59 PM

Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano also says requiring networks to allocate air time for government ads 'will give a great advantage to the government to be able to communicate with our people directly'

DEFENDING HB 6732. Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano is being interpellated on the temporary ABS-CBN franchise bill during the session on May 18, 2020. Photo from the House of Representatives' Twitter account

House recalls 2nd reading approval of ABS-CBN temporary franchise bill

May 18, 2020 - 4:31 PM

(UPDATED) Amid issues of constitutionality, the House leadership says they withdrew the 2nd reading approval to give way to lawmakers seeking more debates and amendments

ABS-CBN SHUTDOWN. A man stands by the balcony of ABS-CBN's headquarters in Quezon City on May 5, 2020, the day the National Telecommunications Commission ordered the network to shut down. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

LIVE: Target approval of bill on temporary ABS-CBN franchise during House session

May 18, 2020 - 3:01 PM

Watch the House session live on Rappler on Monday, May 18, at 3 pm

ABS-CBN pleads SC: Provisional franchise takes time, let us air now

May 18, 2020 - 2:21 PM

'ABS-CBN, its employees, various stakeholders, and the general public will continue to suffer grave and irreparable injury as a result of the Cease and Desist Order issued by the NTC'

CEASE AND DESIST. 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

PUVs ordered to keep list of passengers for contact tracing

May 18, 2020 - 1:54 PM

Passengers are urged to keep a list of public transport taken in case they unknowingly come into close contact with a coronavirus case

BACK ON THE ROAD. Vehicles pile up at a control point along the westbound lane of Quezon Avenue at 10:00 in the morning, May 14, 2020. Photo by Lisa Marie David/Rappler

In House temporary franchise bill, gov’t to take 10% of ads in ABS-CBN

May 18, 2020 - 9:49 AM

However, a similar provision is also found in the laws renewing the franchises of two other major broadcast networks: GMA-7 and TV5

ABS-CBN SHUTDOWN. The facade of ABS-CBN in Quezon City, as pictured on the day NTC ordered it to close down on May 5, 2020. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

LTFRB limits number of taxis, TNVS operating during GCQ

May 15, 2020 - 5:28 PM

LTFRB requires taxis and ride-hailing operators to implement cashless payment

BACK IN OPERATION. PNP personel wearing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) manning the Cavite-NCR Border Checkpoint in Barangay San Nicolas, Bacoor City. Photo by Dennis Abrina

NTC: Granting ABS-CBN temporary permit an 'encroachment' on Congress’ powers

May 14, 2020 - 4:58 PM

NTC officials apologize to Congress, saying they 'intended no disrespect' when they ordered the ABS-CBN shutdown despite earlier committing to grant it a provisional authority to operate

SHUTDOWN. The facade of ABS-CBN lights up in the network's color after the NTC issued a cease and desist order against it on May 5, 2020. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

FALSE: ABS-CBN operations ‘illegal’ for the past 25 years

May 14, 2020 - 4:54 PM

The post wrongly quotes Senator Lacson, who only said that a provisional permit would not be enough to keep ABS-CBN on air after its franchise expires

[OPINION] Cayetano’s ABS-CBN gambit

May 14, 2020 - 4:00 PM

'It’s a hostage situation. Hopefully there are right-minded senators or Supreme Court justices who could take down the hostage-takers.'

Cayetano: I don’t want my stint to end without finishing ABS-CBN hearings

May 14, 2020 - 2:52 PM

'October is the date nung palitan namin sa Speaker. So ayoko matapos noon, sabihin, ‘Eh walang hearing. Walang oras eh,’ ’di ba?' says Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano

FRANCHISE ISSUE. Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano delivers his sponsorship speech for the bill granting ABS-CBN a temporary franchise valid until October 2020 on May 13, 2020. Photo courtesy of PPAB

Cayetano lashes out at critics: ABS-CBN franchise issue 'not about silencing media'

May 13, 2020 - 9:27 PM

Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano also claims there are ABS-CBN employees who supposedly used the network to meddle in past elections

TOP HOUSE LEADER. Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano presides over the plenary session on September 9 2019. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

#CourageON: Filipinos urge lawmakers to act on ABS-CBN's franchise renewal

May 13, 2020 - 8:01 PM

Filipinos join MovePH's online campaign to tag their representatives on social media, in a bid to move forward deliberations on ABS-CBN's franchise renewal

House poised to grant ABS-CBN provisional franchise until October 2020

May 13, 2020 - 6:01 PM

(3rd UPDATE) After sitting on the issue for months, Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano and 7 other House leaders file a bill seeking to give a provisional legislative franchise to the embattled ABS-CBN

ABS-CBN FRANCHISE. Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano delivers his sponsorship speech for House Bill 6732 on May 13, 2020. Screenshot from the House of Representatives' YouTube account

[PODCAST] Law of Duterte Land: Breaking down the ABS-CBN franchise legal and political issues

May 13, 2020 - 5:21 PM

We break down the different laws that come into play and analyze how we got to the unthinkable ABS-CBN shutdown

Sign the petition: Join the call urging gov’t to put ABS-CBN back on air

May 13, 2020 - 3:14 PM

To persuade government agencies to act on the matter, the petition appeals to the NTC, Supreme Court, and the House of Representatives

Screenshot of petition

Angelica Panganiban on network shutdown: ABS-CBN isn't the enemy, the virus is

May 13, 2020 - 7:30 AM

The actress lists down what she says are the real issues: free mass testing, aid for the vulnerable, the country's healthcare system, job losses, and hunger

TRUTH TO POWER. Actress Angelica Panganiban reminds viewers – and perhaps, the government – of what the real problems in this pandemic area. Screenshot from Angel Locsin's Facebook

Cayetano: Resumption of ABS-CBN hearings ‘does not mean automatic renewal’

May 12, 2020 - 4:09 PM

The renewal of ABS-CBN's franchise is still not a House priority after Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano says 'there are still other concerns that need to be resolved' first

ABS-CBN STILL NOT A PRIORITY. Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano helds a press conference on February, 24, 2020. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

FALSE: ABS-CBN's franchise was not renewed because of pay-per-view service

May 12, 2020 - 2:00 PM

ABS-CBN's franchise was delayed because it was not prioritized by Congress

[ANALYSIS] Why Congress should delegate its franchising power to NTC

May 12, 2020 - 1:00 PM

'The grant of broadcast privileges to a mass media company should not solely be in the hands of politicians, who may have their own ties and agenda'

Bill authors ask Cayetano: ‘Put an end to confusion,' resume ABS-CBN hearings

May 12, 2020 - 11:11 AM

'We believe, too, that resolving the ABS-CBN issue the soonest is equally important given the impact...of its continued shutdown in this time of crisis,' say the 14 House members

SHUTDOWN. A man lights a candle at the ABS-CBN's facade in Quezon City after its closure on May 5, 2020. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Tito Sotto trends after he abstains from voting on ABS-CBN reso

May 11, 2020 - 9:57 PM

Resolution No. 395, which asks the NTC to reconsider its cease and desist order against the network, only 'expresses' the sense of the Senate. It does not have the effect of a law.

Paolo Duterte, 2 lawmakers seek probe into ABS-CBN's alleged franchise violations

May 11, 2020 - 7:23 PM

The administration-allied congressmen take issue with the Kapamilya Box Office channel and the network's Philippine Depository Receipts – two issues that Solicitor General Jose Calida already raised with the Supreme Court

HOUSE LEADERS. Deputy Speaker Paolo Duterte (1st from L, seated), ACT-CIS Representative Eric Yap (1st from L, standing), and Cavite 8th District Representative (3rd from L, standing) during a meeting with other House leaders on July 22. File photo from Cayetano's office

Senate to NTC: Reconsider ABS-CBN shutdown order

May 11, 2020 - 3:52 PM

9 senators abstain from voting, including Senator Pia Cayetano who initially signed the resolution. Cayetano withdraws her signature.

RECONSIDER. 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

No fare increase once ECQ lifted, LTFRB says

May 11, 2020 - 3:20 PM

The government will provide bus and jeepney operators fuel subsidy worth 30% of their daily consumption

PHYSICAL DISTANCE. In compliance of the social distancing measures, the LRT Line 2 installs markers on May 5, 2020, in prepration for the "new normal" seating arrangement for its passengers. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

House panel issues show cause order vs NTC over ABS-CBN shutdown

May 11, 2020 - 1:48 PM

(UPDATED) Lawmakers may move to have NTC officials arrested if found guilty of contempt

ABS-CBN SHUTDOWN. A person holds up a phone showing a post on the closure of ABS-CBN after NTC issued a cease and desist order against the network on May 5, 2020. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

[EDITORIAL] Huwag payagang maveerus ang ating kalayaan

May 11, 2020 - 1:27 PM

Sa pagitan ni Cordoba, Cayetano at Calida sino ang may sala? Aba’y silang lahat, pati na ang boss nila, si Pangulong Rodrigo Duterte

Media, academics condemn NTF-ELCAC's attacks vs ABS-CBN and Maria Ressa

May 11, 2020 - 9:38 AM

'The only reason we can think of why a government entity tasked to combat the communist insurgency would wage a propaganda offensive against media persons and outfits is if government now considers us the enemy'

Dennis Uy: 'No intention' to buy ABS-CBN

May 10, 2020 - 10:05 PM

'Let me be clear once and for all and say that we, in Udenna Corporation, have no intention to acquire ABS-CBN,' says billionaire Dennis Uy

TYCOON. Dennis Uy showing a model of New Clark City. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Calida and Duterte: A 4-decade friendship as lawyers, gun enthusiasts, friends of Bongbong Marcos

May 09, 2020 - 8:29 PM

Up to the last minute before the 2016 presidential campaign, Jose Calida pushed for Bongbong Marcos to be Duterte's running mate. But Alan Peter Cayetano prevailed.

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte greets Solicitor General Jose Calida prior to the start of the 46th Cabinet Meeting in Malacañang March 2, 2020. ROBINSON NIÑAL JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Coco Martin on ABS-CBN shutdown: ‘Buti pa 'yung POGO, pinaglalaban 'nyo’

May 09, 2020 - 6:18 PM

The actor continues to criticize the government’s move to shut down the operations of his home network

COCO MARTIN. The actor criticizes the government for the ABS-CBN shutdown. File photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

'You took out our right to seek justice': Bela Padilla speaks up on ABS-CBN shutdown

May 09, 2020 - 4:44 PM

'What does the law do for us, the citizens, the taxpayers?' The Kapamilya actress shares her thoughts on the 'dura lex sed lex' argument.