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Big majority of Filipinos think Congress should grant ABS-CBN a franchise

MANILA, Philippines – A huge majority of Filipinos agreed that Congress should renew ABS-CBN s franchise, pollster Social Weather Stations said Saturday, July 11. The survey was conducted from July 3 to 6, as the House of Representatives held marathon hearings on the franchise application of ABS-CBN. The network s franchise lapsed on May 4, prompting the National Telecommunications Commission to order it to stop its operations. (READ: ABS-CBN goes off-air after NTC order) On Friday, July 10, the House panel on legislative franchises rejected ABS-CBN s application.  SWS said that at least 75% of the 1,555 adult Filipinos surveyed agreed to the question: Congress should renew the franchise of ABS-CBN so that it can broadcast its programs again. Only 13% of those surveyed said that ABS-CBN should not be given a new franchise, while 10% were still undecided. Majority of Filipinos or 56% also agreed that denying the media giant a franchise was a major blow to press freedom. Some 27% of those surveyed thought otherwise. SWS said that ABS-CBN was highly trusted in previous polls. Of the 11 surveys conducted from October 2000 to December 2018, net trust in ABS-CBN was either excellent or very good. The July 3 to 6 survey found that those supporting the network were the highest in Mindanao (80%), followed by Visayas (77%), Balance Luzon (74), and then Metro Manila (69%). The support was higher in rural areas (81%) too, than those from the urban areas (70%). The survey was conducted using phones and computer-assisted telephone interviews with 1,555 adult Filipinos nationwide: 306 in the National Capital Region, 451 in Balance Luzon or Luzon outside of Metro Manila, 388 in Visayas, and 410 in Mindanao. The nationwide survey has a sampling error of ±2% for national figures and ±6% for Metro Manila, ±5% for Balance Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao. During the survey period, House leaders had aired personal gripes against the network. A July 6 franchise hearing extended to over 10 hours. ABS-CBN denied accusations of political bias. Senior Deputy Majority Leader Jesus Crispin Boying Remulla wanted ABS-CBN to be investigated by the National Bureau of Investigation, for its alleged deception during hearings.  Remulla had also accused ABS-CBN of lying about Amcara Broadcasting Network, which he claimed was the network s dummy. – Here are more stories about the denial of the ABC-CBN franchise: Read, respect House panel s rejection of ABS-CBN franchise – Cayetano After junking franchise, House panel wants to probe ABS-CBN property, digital TV House committee rejects franchise for ABS-CBN Personal grudges, interests prevailed in rejection of ABS-CBN franchise – academics ABS-CBN shutdown, Maria Ressa threat borne of Duterte’s ‘contempt’ for press – int l human rights lawyer PH journalists slam rejection of ABS-CBN franchise: History is never kind to tyrants Malacañang: ABS-CBN franchise rejection is decision of Filipino people After franchise rejection, ABS-CBN says: Kapit lang ABS-CBN’s battle is also ours Robredo warns of chilling effect on media after rejection of ABS-CBN franchise Big blow against press freedom : ABS-CBN franchise bill authors slam panel verdict  

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