Lawmakers vote to shut down Philippines' largest TV network

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This includes the company allegedly violating the terms of its franchise by launching KBO pay-per-view channel without the National Telecommunications Commission's permission and allowing foreign investors to "take part in ownership of a Philippine mass media entity" through issuing Philippine depository receipts.

"It is what it is-a denial of a privilege granted by the State because the applicant was seen as undeserving of the grant of a legislative franchise", it said.

"Together with our employees and our audiences all over the world, we share in your sadness over this setback", Katigbak said. Outside its headquarters, journalists and TV and movie celebrities lit candles and held protest placards.

"This move solidifies the tyranny of President Rodrigo Duterte, who accused ABS CBN of slights against him and politically targeted it for refusing to toe the government's line and criticizing his so-called 'war on drugs, '" said Phil Robertson, the deputy Asia director of the USA -based rights group.

'The Palace has maintained a neutral stance on the issue as it respects the separation of powers between the two co-equal branches of government, Roque said.

The move against the broadcaster comes as concerns grows about human rights and media freedom under Duterte in a country with a reputation for being one of Asia's most liberal democracies. Aside from reporting on the coronavirus, which has infected more than 50,000 people and killed 1,314 in the Philippines, it has provided food and medical aid to more than 2 million people, company officials said.

This affects almost 11,000 employees at ABS-CBN Corporation. Her father played a key role in the rejection of ABS-CBN's franchise renewal. Duterte has accused the network of not airing his paid campaign ad and favoring a rival candidate in the 2016 election, allegations the company denied.

It was not immediately clear what the next steps would be for ABS-CBN, which continues to operate online, on cable and on social media, which are not impacted.

This means that ABS-CBN has little chance of getting a new franchise before the end of the current legislature in 2022 - a legislature in which the overwhelming majority behaves likes a "rump parliament" blindly following the executive, said RSF in a statement.

They point to the case of the news website Rappler.

Earlier, Kito Noel, son of Malabon Rep. Jaye Lacson-Noel also aired his displeasure over how his mother voted on the ABS-CBN franchise renewal as well as on the Anti-Terrorism Act of 2020. The high court eventually dismissed the petition.

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