'Justice has been served': SolGen Calida lauds House for ABS-CBN franchise denial

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Solicitor General Jose Calida, who had previously filed a quo warranto petition against ABS-CBN, praised the House of Representatives for its decision to deny a franchise renewal to the media giant. (FILE PHOTO)

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, July 11) — Solicitor General Jose Calida, who had previously filed a quo warranto petition against ABS-CBN, praised the House of Representatives for its decision to deny a franchise renewal to the media giant.

Calida said on Saturday the lawmakers did their job well, describing the hearings as "fair, impartial, comprehensive and thorough".

"Justice has been served," he said in a statement.

With a 70-11 vote and three inhibitions, the House Committee on Legislative Franchises adopted its technical working group's resolution not to grant ABS-CBN a fresh franchise.

The resolution cited various issues such as the dual citizenship of ABS-CBN Chairman Emeritus Eugenio "Gabby" Lopez III, alleged tax-avoidance, and biased reporting, among others.

Calida also mentioned that the committee's resolution upheld the arguments of the petition the petition he had filed with the Supreme Court against ABS-CBN.

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.

He thanked the 70 congressmen who voted for the franchise denial and maintained that the move does not restrain press freedom amid enraged criticisms from the public and other solons.