Taumbayan Poll: Are you in favor?
Vote for your stand on the Anti-terrorism Law and the denial of ABS-CBN’s franchise renewal.
ACT — Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte signed the Anti-Terrorism Act in the face of general criticism. The Act is intended to fight Islamic militancy, allowing terrorism suspects to be detained without a warrant and gives the police the option to not present suspects in front of a judge. (see: Copy of the Anti-Terrorism Act)
Presidential Spokesperson, Harry Roque, said how the Anti-Terrorism Bill is necessary for the country, “Terrorism, as we often said, strikes anytime and anywhere.” (read: full statement).
The mass expressed their opposition through #VetoTerrorBillNow as they warned how this could lead to human rights abuses more than what the country is already facing. Tap on this: public drive to read resources on the Anti-Terrorism Act.
Matapos basahin lahat, ano ang tingin mo rito?
ABS-CBN — After conducting 13 hearings, the House committee on legislative franchises voted a majority to reject ABS-CBN’s application for the renewal of its broadcast franchise (watch: Kabuuan ng mga argumento).
The network was accused of shortcomings in interfering with elections, tax evasion, and unfair labor practices. Arguments raised included how the hearings failed to prove that ABS-CBN broke any regulations that deserved its shutdown.
Inakusahan ang network ng mga pagkukulang ngunit napag-usapan ang walang patunay sa paglabag ng ABS-CBN sa anumang regulasyon na sanhi ng pagsasara nito.
ABS-CBN still runs a cable channel and online platforms, but employees affected by the shut down will be let go by August if the renewal application of the broadcast franchise remains rejected.
Matapos panoorin ang hearings, ano ang boto mo?