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puro picture ng seksi ang mga yan....not to mention yung mga kwento na tungkol sa s3x :?



nahihiya ako bumili niyan..













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Amboy pala itong si Gabby at may kaso pa noon? :shock: :biglaugh:


Show some proof beergay...
Hindi lang puro paninira...

Ikaw ang proof Tito Jabz. Kapanahunan mo yan eh. :lol: :lol: :lol:

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Cayetano says Congress too busy to tackle ABS-CBN franchise renewal
By Melissa Luz Lopez, CNN Philippines

Published Feb 14, 2020 1:17:42 PM



Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 14) — The House of Representatives is still too busy with other pressing concerns for it to tackle bills renewing ABS-CBN's franchise, Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano said, adding that these won't be picked up until May at the earliest.

Cayetano said he will wait for cooler heads to prevail before he even asks the House Committee on Legislative Franchises to start discussions on whether or not the media giant should be given another 25 years to broadcast news and content.

The lawmaker said the chamber would not tackle such bills in the next couple of weeks running up to the March 30 expiry of the network's existing franchise. He added that discussions may start when Congress resumes sessions in May after their summer break, and at worst, by end-July after President Rodrigo Duterte's annual State of the Nation Address.

"Bakit sinasabi kong hindi ito urgent? Don't get me wrong, napaka-importante ito. Pero hanggang March 2022 ay pwede silang mag-operate eh [Why am I saying this is not urgent? Don't get me wrong, this is very important. But they can still operate until March 2022]," Cayetano told reporters during a mass wedding ceremony Friday, referring to the end of the 18th Congress.

"There has been a precedent and it looks like everyone agrees na habang hindi nade-deny ang franchise, pwede pang mag-operate ang ABS-CBN," he added, referring to previous agreements between the House and the National Telecommunications Commission to allow media and utility firms to remain in business despite pending franchise renewals.

"Kailangan natin ng lamig ng ulo... Kung tayo ay mag-hearing ngayon, ang mangyayari ay it will suck all the energy of the 18th Congress. Mapapabayaan ang ibang mga importante [We need cooler heads. If we hear these proposals now, it will suck all the energy of the 18th Congress. We'll set aside what's important]," the Speaker said. "There has to be some way that we can soberly discuss this. Magpaliwanagan tayo."

Cayetano said he instructed the House body not to start these discussions now as both the supporters and critics of the network would likely be fueled by passion or anger. He added that while the network is an "institution" in the media, it also had its sins due to supposed "biases" during the 2010 and 2016 elections. He hinted that these could run against provisions of the Fair Election Act that requires media outlets to offer balanced reportage during polls.

"Huwag kayong mag-alala dahil hindi naman mago-off the air ang inyong mga paboritong show. Pero sa ngayon, napakaraming importanteng inaasikaso ng Kongreso," Cayetano added, pointing out it is still busy providing aid to families displaced by earthquakes in Mindanao last year, as well as evacuees due to Taal volcano's eruption in January.

[Translation: Don't worry because your favorite shows won't go off the air yet. But for now, Congress has a lot of urgent matters on its plate.]

He noted that passing a measure that creates a Department for Overseas Filipino workers — which is on President Rodrigo Duterte's legislative wish list — is among the priorities of the chamber.

Cayetano disclosed that he hoped that Solicitor General Jose Calida would not have filed a case against the network before the Supreme Court, but said that it helped in bringing issues against the TV station to light. The quo warranto petition would likewise allow company officials to respond to the allegations.

Cayetano added that there appears to be a consensus among lawmakers to let the network stay on air as long as there are bills seeking its franchise renewal. "Sometimes, time is on our side," he said.

For now, Cayetano said there's no reason for the network to change how it reports the news, saying the issues raised against ABS-CBN date back to 2016 and earlier. Duterte has repeatedly ranted against the Lopez-owned network for failing to air his campaign advertisements during the 2016 elections.


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dagdagan nyo pa ang mga suhol hanggat magkaubusan ng pambayad ng mga talent fees..




at mabisto din sa SALN yung mga tumanggap ng suhol..






sana nga..


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I wasted again 2 minutes of my precious time reading this scrap written by Bobby Tiglao...tsk tsk tsk......



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ABS-CBN’s disgusting betrayal of the country and blatant violation of its franchise

By Rigoberto D. Tiglao
February 14, 2020





IT’s sickening — and revealing of their true, mercenary nature — that the Communist Party, through its front “party-list” parties and those it has infiltrated through and through like the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines — are demanding for Congress to allow ABS-CBN Corp. to operate.

It is revolting, especially to real journalists, that they are even claiming that the closure of ABS-CBN would be an infringement on press freedom.


Freedom of an oligarch to use its media power and debase standards of media fairness to support administrations it uses for its own ends and the Yellow Cult, and attack their political enemies? Freedom for an oligarch to ignore the Constitution in order to generate bigger profits?

Is it so difficult for them to read and understand documents available to everyone, that ABS-CBN betrayed the country when it sold in 2013, about 22 percent of its effective shares — through the flimsy disguise of Philippine Depository Shares — to foreigners, 18 percent to the United States-based The Capital Group, one of the biggest investment companies in the world?

Is it difficult for them to get a copy of our Constitution and read its Section 11, Article XVI: “The ownership and management of mass media shall be limited to citizens of the Philippines, or to corporations, cooperatives or associations, wholly owned and managed by such citizens”? (Italics mine.)

Imperialist

And to think these communists have been claiming to be anti-imperialist nationalists.

The Capital Group is an embodiment of what the Marxists term as financial imperialists — to paraphrase their second god Vladimir Lenin — the most advanced and worst type of capitalists. To the layman, a financial capitalist would be a filthy rich individual who doesn’t have to do anything but have fund managers invest his money all over the world to multiply.

It is ABS-CBN’s investors like The Capital Group that constantly put pressure on its management to churn out as much profits as possible, even if such revenues are based on its programs that cater to the most vulgar aspects of mass culture.

The Constitution bans any money or any form of participation by foreigners in media in order to strengthen our nation by creating a barrier to foreign powers that would want to control our sovereignty through media, the most effective means of molding a people’s consciousness.

But this is not the only reason for the prohibition. Just as important is the fact that broadcast television — which still accounts for the bulk of ABS-CBN’s television reach — is transmitted through electromagnetic waves, which is part of a nation’s patrimony, its precious property.

And these waves are a very limited resource, which therefore can only be allocated to a few companies. The “franchise” a television broadcast company gets from Congress is actually an authority to monopolize a particular spot in the electromagnetic spectrum for its own and exclusive use, to generate profits out of it.

Authority

This is the reason why most countries in the world, especially in Asia, have reserved such broadcast authority only to state corporations. The electromagnetic spectrum is just too valuable to be given to private firms, which would generate huge profits that end up only in the purses, usually, of that country’s elite.

Because our state has been controled by oligarchs devoted to themselves and not to the nation, we are the only country in Asia (and among the few in the world) whose dominant TV network is not owned and run by a state corporation. It is only since the late 1980s that several of these Asian states have allowed private firms — in all cases with smaller markets — to operate TV networks, in order to inject healthy competition.

For instance, in Malaysia, it is Radio Televisyen Malaysia run by the Ministry of Communications and Multimedia that is the dominant TV network; in Singapore, it is MediaCorp owned by the state investment fund Temasek Holdings; in Vietnam, Vietnam Multimedia Corp. of the Ministry of Post and Telematics; in Indonesia, the government’s Televisi Republik Indonesia. We have only PTV-4, run on shoestring budgets ever since 1986, and thus one of the smallest networks.

In contrast, state corporations’ monopoly of TV in other countries have given them so much profits that they have become among the largest media firms in the world, among these, Japan’s NHK, Korea’s Korean Broadcasting System, and of course the world-famous British Broadcasting Corp.

Our worldviews simply have been molded by the US that we think that only the US system of private capitalists owning and running broadcast media is the best. Just look at the results: an embodiment of the Philippine landed-elite-turned-oligarchs have been the political kingmakers, their power disrupted only during Martial Law.

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What is disgusting about ABS-CBN is the fact that while Congress had already given them the authority to monopolize an electromagnetic spectrum, they had the gall to violate the Constitution, and in effect give away a part of Philippine patrimony to foreign entities, thereby allowing them, as I reported in my column last Wednesday, P1.3 billion in profits from 2015 to 2019.

I’ll discuss in subsequent columns the cut-and-dried case of ABS-CBN illegally using its franchise for its other ventures not authorized by Congress.

I leave it though to the reader to decide for himself, if ABS-CBN had complied with its basic responsibilities listed in Section 4 of the Republic 7966 that granted it in 1995 a franchise to operate as a TV broadcast network:

“Section 4. Responsibility to the Public — The grantee shall provide adequate public service time to enable the government, through the said broadcasting stations, to reach the population on important public issues; provide at all times sound and balanced programming; promote public participation such as in community programming; assist in the functions of public information and education; conform to the ethics off honest enterprise; and not use its stations for the broadcasting of obscene and indecent language, speech/ act or scene, or for the dissemination of deliberately false information or willful misrepresentation to the detriment of the public interest, or to incite, encourage, or assist in subversive or treasonable acts.”

On my part, I think its so clear that ABS-CBN has been grossly disseminating “deliberately false information or willful misrepresentation to the detriment of the public interest, or to incite, encourage, or assist in subversive or treasonable acts.” That’s why the communists are rallying around a big-capitalist oligarch.

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ABS-CBN's Philippine Depositary Receipt holders not owners, lawyer says

Kristine Joy Patag (Philstar.com) - February 13, 2020 - 2:41pm


MANILA, Philippines — Corporate lawyer Francis Lim said that there is nothing wrong with ABS-CBN having Philippine Depositary Receipts—an issue that Solicitor General Jose Calida has raised against the network before the Supreme Court.

In an interview with ANC’s "Early Edition" Wednesday, Lim, a senior partner at ACCRA Law, explained that PDRs give their holders “the right to own a share, but that right is subjected to law.”


“If you are a foreigner, you cannot convert it into a share for example into a share of ABS-CBN Corporation because you’re disqualified from owning shares of ABS-CBN Corporation,” he added.

The Constitution prohibits foreign ownership of mass media.

Section 11, Article XVI of the 1987 Constitution provides: “The ownership and management of mass media shall be limited to citizens of the Philippines, or to corporations, cooperatives or associations, wholly-owned and managed by such citizens.”

Lim, a former president of the Philippine Stock Exchange, also said that PDRs merely gives their owners “the right to receive dividends from the issuer.”

He likened ownership of PDRs into betting on a horse: “[You] buy a ticket to bet on a horse. You don’t own the horse, if that horse wins, you have a share in the winning.”

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Sen. Francis Pangilinan

This confluence of events was obviously deliberate, aimed at slowly maiming the broadcast network: the President’s incessant and open attacks, the absence of movement from the lower chamber to tackle the pending franchise renewal bills and recently, as if aiming for the kill, a quo warranto petition two months before the franchise of the network expires.

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Magaling talaga yang si Tiglao. :beer: :biglaugh:

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Sen. Francis Pangilinan

This confluence of events was obviously deliberate, aimed at slowly maiming the broadcast network: the President’s incessant and open attacks, the absence of movement from the lower chamber to tackle the pending franchise renewal bills and recently, as if aiming for the kill, a quo warranto petition two months before the franchise of the network expires.

Bye bye 2022 Kiko. Ungas na lang boboto sa iyo. :lol: :lol: :lol:

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JABEZJ wrote:
Sen. Francis Pangilinan

This confluence of events was obviously deliberate, aimed at slowly maiming the broadcast network: the President’s incessant and open attacks, the absence of movement from the lower chamber to tackle the pending franchise renewal bills and recently, as if aiming for the kill, a quo warranto petition two months before the franchise of the network expires.

Kelan kaya matotodas ito? Joke! Joke! Joke!

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JABEZJ wrote:
Sen. Francis Pangilinan

This confluence of events was obviously deliberate, aimed at slowly maiming the broadcast network: the President’s incessant and open attacks, the absence of movement from the lower chamber to tackle the pending franchise renewal bills and recently, as if aiming for the kill, a quo warranto petition two months before the franchise of the network expires.

Kelan kaya matotodas ito? Joke! Joke! Joke!

:lol: :lol: :lol:

puwede din serious :lol:

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Desperado na talaga ABiaS CBN, miyat miya ang balita na bumubuhos na daw ang suporta ng mga grupo na sumusuporta sa "Franchise Ewww..este Renewal"
nila. Pero pag tiningnan mo yung mga grupo, karamihan mga samahan lang ata ng mga tsimosa na wala na daw mapapanood na mga palabas na puro ka ek-ekan
lang. :lol: :lol: :lol:

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‘Too big to fail’

CTALK - Cito Beltran (The Philippine Star) - February 17, 2020 - 12:00am


American media has used the term time and again referring to companies and businesses that are so large, or supply products that are a lifeline to the nation or employ so many people or involve huge amounts of money that if such a company or business were to fail, the US economy itself would take a serious hit, Thus the term “Too big to fail”, because the country simply can’t or won’t allow it. More often than not, regulators will help restructure or bail out the business.

In the Philippines, people are deliberating on whether or not ABS-CBN is too big to fail because it employs 11,000 people, is a publicly listed company with many subsidiaries, and most importantly is the biggest media outlet in the country serving millions of Filipinos here and abroad. Turning off their news and entertainment channel is like closing the water supply for Metro Manila. One other concern is that if ABS-CBN shuts down due mainly to the anger and spite of President Duterte and the subservience of the House of Representatives to his will, it will bring about global condemnation from Media practitioners, organizations as well as democratic governments that place a premium on Freedom of the Press and the independence of media. Even worse it makes Congress a stamp pad that costs the Filipino too much money for to little use. Unfortunately, the President does not give a **** about international opinion. We now live in a place where the government particularly the President is directly initiating the shake up and potential shuttering of businesses and investment. To be fair, the President has always stood on solid legal and moral grounds. His issues have always been about non-tax payments, one-sided contracts, or violations of contracts. Whether or not he is just using these as an excuse to abuse power will be up to history and the judiciary three years from now.

When the President went after certain businessmen early in his term, it is interesting to note that a Taipan and a big cigarette magnate quickly responded by settling their “debts” with the government. When Duterte balked at the decision of an international arbitration panel regarding claims by the two water concessionaires, not only did he get both companies to forego what the court said the government had to pay, Duterte actually addressed controversial provisions of the concessionaire agreements or contracts and had them changed. Now we find Duterte fuming at ABS-CBN for taking his campaign money but never airing his advertisement. But he is just one of many candidates who did not get aired or could not get aired due to traffic or cost. Congressman Lito Atienza recently shared with me that in spite of his own son working at the station, he too “paid but was not aired.”

It is very possible that some supervisor or even a manager was shuffling things around and made decisions at his or her level with no regard for the outcome. We must all remember that ABS CBN is a huge organization that is equally bureaucratic and segmented like the government. Minions make mistakes, managers exercise bad judgment, but it’s not an excuse to go after the owners or the company. I worked for ABS-CBN/ANC for seven years and I can say with conviction that contrary to general impressions, I never once heard any of the Lopezes give instructions or directives related to political views or agendas. In fact, there was one campaign season when Gabby Lopez told us not to entertain or undertake interviews of candidates just to be impartial. After that, Gabby left the country and someone from within soon tried to make me interview a candidate. I cited Gabby Lopez’s instructions and flatly refused. That did not make me popular.

On one occasion, I was partnered with Winnie Monsod in a program and Tita Winnie went after the tax liabilities of a Taipan non-stop for one week. As co-host, I acknowledged her points and critique. On the seventh day we rested – as in we lost our show. I also got taken out of another segment and was left with nothing but my ANC program “Straight Talk”, which by God’s grace became quite popular at the time. By sheer coincidence, on the very day we lost the program, someone had arranged dinner with the Taipan who told me that he took no offense, that he respected our views and honors the memory of my father Louie Beltran. I politely told the Taipan that all was well and that he had nothing to worry about because I was fired from my job that morning.

His facial reaction told me that it was a shock and surprise for him. He quickly said he did not like such a thing and would make a few calls to fix the situation. I politely said no thank you because I had no desire to work with certain individuals who would dump Winnie Monsod and me just to avoid conflict with advertisers or to protect their jobs. I remember Dong Puno once said that Malacañang was no big deal considering he has worked in a bigger snake pit. It was a sad analogy considering I have met and worked with some of the nicest and most principled people in the industry in ABS-CBN. But it’s true there are some snakes there, the same way there are people who commit stupid mistakes in managing traffic of political advertisements. It is as simple as that. I don’t know if ABS-CBN ever apologized publicly for their failure to air the Duterte’s campaign ad. Perhaps they should and then let’s see if the President is really being righteous, vindictive or are there unseen hands who simply want to wear out ABS-CBN in order to pick and choose from the menu of resources. An apology and some form of compensation should suffice. But if Congressmen insists on back-channeling, closed door conferences and the likes, then we in media will also have to protect our industry, even our competitors because this is about Freedom of the Press versus abuse of power!

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‘Too big to fail’

CTALK - Cito Beltran (The Philippine Star) - February 17, 2020 - 12:00am


American media has used the term time and again referring to companies and businesses that are so large, or supply products that are a lifeline to the nation or employ so many people or involve huge amounts of money that if such a company or business were to fail, the US economy itself would take a serious hit, Thus the term “Too big to fail”, because the country simply can’t or won’t allow it. More often than not, regulators will help restructure or bail out the business.

In the Philippines, people are deliberating on whether or not ABS-CBN is too big to fail because it employs 11,000 people, is a publicly listed company with many subsidiaries, and most importantly is the biggest media outlet in the country serving millions of Filipinos here and abroad. Turning off their news and entertainment channel is like closing the water supply for Metro Manila. One other concern is that if ABS-CBN shuts down due mainly to the anger and spite of President Duterte and the subservience of the House of Representatives to his will, it will bring about global condemnation from Media practitioners, organizations as well as democratic governments that place a premium on Freedom of the Press and the independence of media. Even worse it makes Congress a stamp pad that costs the Filipino too much money for to little use. Unfortunately, the President does not give a **** about international opinion. We now live in a place where the government particularly the President is directly initiating the shake up and potential shuttering of businesses and investment. To be fair, the President has always stood on solid legal and moral grounds. His issues have always been about non-tax payments, one-sided contracts, or violations of contracts. Whether or not he is just using these as an excuse to abuse power will be up to history and the judiciary three years from now.

When the President went after certain businessmen early in his term, it is interesting to note that a Taipan and a big cigarette magnate quickly responded by settling their “debts” with the government. When Duterte balked at the decision of an international arbitration panel regarding claims by the two water concessionaires, not only did he get both companies to forego what the court said the government had to pay, Duterte actually addressed controversial provisions of the concessionaire agreements or contracts and had them changed. Now we find Duterte fuming at ABS-CBN for taking his campaign money but never airing his advertisement. But he is just one of many candidates who did not get aired or could not get aired due to traffic or cost. Congressman Lito Atienza recently shared with me that in spite of his own son working at the station, he too “paid but was not aired.”

It is very possible that some supervisor or even a manager was shuffling things around and made decisions at his or her level with no regard for the outcome. We must all remember that ABS CBN is a huge organization that is equally bureaucratic and segmented like the government. Minions make mistakes, managers exercise bad judgment, but it’s not an excuse to go after the owners or the company. I worked for ABS-CBN/ANC for seven years and I can say with conviction that contrary to general impressions, I never once heard any of the Lopezes give instructions or directives related to political views or agendas. In fact, there was one campaign season when Gabby Lopez told us not to entertain or undertake interviews of candidates just to be impartial. After that, Gabby left the country and someone from within soon tried to make me interview a candidate. I cited Gabby Lopez’s instructions and flatly refused. That did not make me popular.

On one occasion, I was partnered with Winnie Monsod in a program and Tita Winnie went after the tax liabilities of a Taipan non-stop for one week. As co-host, I acknowledged her points and critique. On the seventh day we rested – as in we lost our show. I also got taken out of another segment and was left with nothing but my ANC program “Straight Talk”, which by God’s grace became quite popular at the time. By sheer coincidence, on the very day we lost the program, someone had arranged dinner with the Taipan who told me that he took no offense, that he respected our views and honors the memory of my father Louie Beltran. I politely told the Taipan that all was well and that he had nothing to worry about because I was fired from my job that morning.

His facial reaction told me that it was a shock and surprise for him. He quickly said he did not like such a thing and would make a few calls to fix the situation. I politely said no thank you because I had no desire to work with certain individuals who would dump Winnie Monsod and me just to avoid conflict with advertisers or to protect their jobs. I remember Dong Puno once said that Malacañang was no big deal considering he has worked in a bigger snake pit. It was a sad analogy considering I have met and worked with some of the nicest and most principled people in the industry in ABS-CBN. But it’s true there are some snakes there, the same way there are people who commit stupid mistakes in managing traffic of political advertisements. It is as simple as that. I don’t know if ABS-CBN ever apologized publicly for their failure to air the Duterte’s campaign ad. Perhaps they should and then let’s see if the President is really being righteous, vindictive or are there unseen hands who simply want to wear out ABS-CBN in order to pick and choose from the menu of resources. An apology and some form of compensation should suffice. But if Congressmen insists on back-channeling, closed door conferences and the likes, then we in media will also have to protect our industry, even our competitors because this is about Freedom of the Press versus abuse of power!


a very contradictory piece

on one hand he admits of ABS-CBN being a bigger snake pit than the biggest prize of local politics, Malacañan...yet makes excuses for the gravest sins of the network..

withholding the airing of campaign ads for no apparent reason is not just reneging on a business contract,

it is tampering with the nation's very political process

and this guy thinks "an apology and some form of conmpensation should suffice" ? :banghead:


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Nabuhayan na sana ng loob ang ABS-CBN, eto na naman si Bobit...tsk tsk

Somebody, please stop this guy...


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The law and SC ruling are clear: No franchise for ABS-CBN, no broadcast
ByRigoberto D. Tiglao
February 17, 2020



THE law passed by the 9th Congress in March 1995 that gave ABS-CBN the authority to operate as a TV and radio network is crystal clear: “The franchise shall be for a term of twenty-five years from the date of effectivity of this Act.”

Period. Absolutely nothing in that law (and in all franchises) has a qualification that when that 25-year period ends, ABS-CBN can still operate until the end of the current 18th Congress if there are pending bills to renew the franchise.

Only if the current Congress renews its franchise can ABS-CBN continue to operate, sources knowledgeable about this current issue explained. Without a franchise, all the frequencies automatically revert back to government, they said.

There is no provision in the law–which exists only in the imagination of a few members of Congress, amazingly even in the minds of Senate President Vicente Sotto and House Speaker Alan Cayetano — that says that ABS-CBN can operate without a franchise until the end of the current Congress if there are pending bills to give it such authority.

It is astonishing that with the tens of millions of pesos in research funds the two leaders of the two chambers of Congress have, they haven’t heard of nor read the Supreme Court’s 2003 decision in the Associated Communications v. National Telecommunications Commission (GR 144109).


Don’t Sotto and Cayetano have access to the internet? The SC already ruled on the issue nearly two decades ago.

Significance

The significance of the decision, written by Justice Reynato Puno (who would become Chief Justice in 2003), was emphasized in its very first paragraph, and so relevant now with the Sotto and Cayetano squawks:

“For many years now, there has been a ‘pervading confusion in the state of affairs of the broadcast industry brought about by conflicting laws, decrees, executive orders and other pronouncements promulgated during the Martial Law regime.’ The question that has taken a long life is whether the operation of a radio or television station requires a congressional franchise. The Court shall now lay to rest the issue.”

It did lay to rest the issue. After a long, exhaustive narration of the history of government regulation of broadcast media and various authorities it had given in the past such as the National Telecommunications Commissions (NTC) to issue permits to operate, conditional permits, and the like — which had been complicated by martial law which dissolved Congress — the Supreme Court concluded:

“The call to dispense with the requisite legislative franchise must, however, be addressed to Congress as the lawmaker of the land for the Court’s function is to interpret and not to rewrite the law. As long as the law remains unchanged, the requirement of a franchise to operate a television station must be upheld.”

Garbage

That means Sotto’s talk of the NTC issuing temporary permits while ABS-CBN hasn’t been given a franchise is garbage. More preposterous is Cayetano’s claim: “There’s a consensus that while we’re discussing the issue, walang reason na isara [ang ABS-CBN].”

ABS-CBN can’t operate with a “consensus” or even a “formal resolution.” It requires a law. If Sotto and Cayetano want ABS-CBN to continue operating after its franchise expires they should get Congress to pass a law giving the firm a franchise.

Perhaps for millions of reasons or to humor the Lopezes that they heroically tried to help them (and therefore they owe them), a few legislators have been trying to confuse the public, using half-truths.

For instance, AKO Bicol Rep. Alfredo Garbin — a staunch ally of Vice President Leonor Robredo — claims that the franchise of GMA Network expired on March 20, 2017, but it continued to operate with its authority renewed through a law signed by President Rodrigo Duterte on April 21, 2017.

What Garbin did not mention was that GMA Network’s franchise was passed by the House of Representatives in January 2017, amended by the Senate on March 13 that year and concurred in by the House the following day. Duterte’s signing it into law in April was merely a formality. If he had refused to sign the bill, it would have lapsed into law.

In the case of ABS-CBN, the 11 bills filed two years ago to renew its franchise and that of its subsidiaries have not even passed the committee level, the very first step in enacting a law.

CBCP

A second case that Garbin cited to confuse people is the case of the franchise of 29 radio stations of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP), which expired in 2017 but which was renewed by Congress only in 2019. Duterte neither vetoed nor signed the bill, so it lapsed into law in April.

But in this CBCP case, nobody complained why it was allowed to operate even if it did not have a franchise, and the issue become moot when the franchise bill lapsed into law.

“Maybe the President, as well as Congress were afraid that they’d be condemned to fire and brimstone forever, if they ordered the CBCP stations to cease operations,” an NTC official quipped.

Sotto on the other hand claimed that that ABS-CBN can “secure a permit from the NTC to be able to continue doing business.” Sotto is confused about what era he is living in. The NTC had the authority to issue permits to operate broadcast media only during martial law when there was no Congress to pass franchise bills. He should ask Duterte to impose martial law if he wants the NTC, and not Congress, to be the permit-issuing authority.

After martial law, the permits that the NTC gives to companies are those issued after franchises have been granted to them, and involves their compliance with technical matters such as their use of the frequencies assigned to them and their employment of NTC-certified engineers to run their stations

Graft

“How can we issue a permit to ABS-CBN when it will no longer have the authority to use the country’s airwaves soon?” an NTC official asked rhetorically. “We’ll be sued for graft for issuing a permit to operate a broadcast network, when a law is required for this,” he added.

Indeed, why would the NTC issue a permit to ABS-CBN when at least 300 out of 330 legislators clearly do not want that Lopez firm to operate, evidenced by the fact that Congress is no way near passing such a bill.

The Lopezes and Yellows can’t blame Duterte for wanting to close down ABS-CBN, that he is allegedly suppressing a critic.

Bills to renew the ABS-CBN franchise were filed in 2014, during the administration of President Aquino to whom the Lopezes gave all-out support. If Aquino couldn’t even get his allies in Congress to give the firm the franchise, there is obviously a consensus among people’s representatives, whether Yellow or otherwise, that they want to close down the Lopez firm,

Sotto and the Lopezes are very much in denial stage. Congress will take a break just three weeks from now and resume sessions in May.

Robredo

There’s absolutely no chance for it to give ABS-CBN a franchise not just because of its limited time to do this. Even if they had all the time, the majority of Congress do not want for various reasons. except for Robredo’s supporters and the Communist Party representatives there.

Such reasons range from that “not-enough-millions-of-reasons” given by the firm, to loyalty to President Duterte since he has expressed his odium towards ABS-CBN, to their dislike for its top honcho Eugenio (“Gabby”) Lopez 3rd.

Neither Lopez 3rd nor any other Lopez had reportedly even bothered to “humbly request” leaders of Congress to grant the franchise, and instead sent lower ranking “feelers” and reportedly its showbiz stars, thereby insulting the politicians.

Referring to Lopez’s father, several senior congressmen said: “Geny would have handled this crisis very, very differently. He would have humbled himself to save his flagship, maybe even appealed to Duterte, as his grandfather Eugenio, Sr. did in 1973* to Marcos in the case of Meralco. Not Gabby, who’s so arrogant.”

“My colleagues were waiting and waiting and waiting for the ABS-CBN gods to approach them for years,” a congressman remarked. “They didn’t.”

I have even received reports, though unverified, that Lopez 3rd has been out of the country since January — at a time when his firm is in a life-and-death crisis.

Since the Congress failed to renew ABS-CBN’s franchise, the firm will have absolutely no authority from government to operate when its 25-year franchise expires in either March or May.

Publication

“The only question remaining,” an NTC official said, “is whether the franchise expires March 30 this year, 25 years after RA 7966 was enacted into law, or, as the law stipulated “15 days from the date of its publication in at least two newspapers of general circulation in the Philippines,” which is some day in May.

However, “the NTC will not interpret law and act on its own,” he explained. “We will be asking the justice department for its ruling on this issue this week.”

Guess how the justice department will rule? Guess how ABS-CBN’s creditors (which have a total exposure of P22 billion to it), suppliers and advertisers will act when the DoJ hands down its ruling?

The quo warranto case brought by the Solicitor General to the Supreme Court is likely to become moot and academic. There could be nothing whose franchise is to be revoked.

*See my column “Nationalize Meralco,” July 22, 2014.

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