MANILA, Philippines — Malacaang on Sunday said it will let the Supreme Court decide whether or not a people’s initiative may be used to revive the franchise application of embattled media giant ABS-CBN.
In a statement, presidential spokesperson Harry Roque reiterated that the granting of a broadcasting franchise is the sole and exclusive prerogative of Congress, citing Republic Act No. 7925, or the “Public Telecommunications Policy Act.”
He also acknowledged that there are talks about the possible invoking of the people’s initiative to revive the franchise bid of ABS-CBN.
“As provided in Article VI, Section 32 of the Constitution, Congress must ‘provide for a system of initiat…