The 17th Congress’ term starts on July 25, 2016 and ends on June, 2019.
Duterte and his supporters are unhappy about ABS-CBN’s attacks against him during the campaign season, according to the Inquirer report.
ABS-CBN is among the media networks Duterte apparently boycotted and barred from covering his press conferences and activities.
House Bill Number 4997 or “An act renewing the franchise granted to ABS-CBN Corporation (formerly ABS-CBN Broadcasting Corporation) under Republic Act Number 7966 or ‘An act granting ABS-CBN Broadcasting Corporation a franchise to construct, install, establish, operate, and maintain broadcasting stations in the Philippines, and for other purposes’ for twenty-five (25) years from the effectivity of this act” filed by Baguio City Rep. Duterte and his supporters are unhappy about ABS-CBN’s attacks against him during the campaign season.ABS-CBN, meanwhile, said it was the leading television broadcast company in Visayas and Mindanao.It got 54 percent of Visayas ratings last month against GMA’s 24 percent while in Mindanao, it also cornered 54 percent versus 24 percent for GMA. is in a bind after failing to have its legislative franchise approved before the 16th Congress closed shop on June 6.Two bills were introduced in the 16th Congress for the renewal of ABS-CBN’s franchise granted in March 1995: one by Isabela Rep. The bills would renew ABS-CBN’s right to operate TV and radio broadcasting stations in the Philippines through microwave, satellite or whatever means, including the use of new technologies in television and radio systems.Giorgidi Aggabao, filed in September 2014, and another by Baguio Rep. The Inquirer contacted several ABS-CBN executives for comment, but the Lopez-owned broadcast network declined to comment for now.