Since his election in 2016, Duterte repeatedly threatened the company with closure [File: Rolex dela Pena/EPA]
Allies of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte in the House of Representatives voted on Friday to deny the renewal of ABS-CBN’s broadcast franchise, affirming a government order to shut down the country’s largest television network in a move critics say is a major blow to press freedom in the Southeast Asian nation.
Congress members voted against giving the company another 25-year licence to operate after a total of 12 public hearings and testimony establishing the channel had violated no legal provisions.
Of the 85 committee members in charge of the renewal, 70 voted to deny, 11 voted for the renewal, two voted to inhibit and one abstained from voting.
In a last-minute move, at least two sponsors of the legislation pushing for the renewal withdrew their support.
Ahead of the vote, Carlos Zarate, a
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