Make It With You Actor Khalil Ramos wrote the commission members on behalf of the newly formed artist group Aktor-League of Filipino Actors. Ramos asked members of Congress to “please look at the lives and futures of 11,000 television workers and their families who have suffered from the non-renewal of the network`s franchise.” MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – It is illegal for ABS-CBN to continue operating under its current franchise until 2022, contrary to what lawmakers such as Isabela Representative and Legislative Committee Vice Chairman Tonypet Albano and House of Representative spokesman Alan Peter Cayetano have said. “Ang Inyong franchise mag-end next year [your franchise will end next year]. If they wait for na ma-renew`yan [a renewal], I`m sorry. You`re gone. I`ll make sure you`re out,” Duterte said in a speech. (The Internal Revenue Office said we paid our taxes. It was the SEC that it authorized the PDR [us]. The Department of Justice has said that the KBO is not a violation of the franchise.
In the meantime, the DOLE has said that we have complied with their compliance orders.) March 11, 2020: Congress takes a break without passing any of the bills that give ABS-CBN a new 25-year franchise. February 24, 2020: Guevarra informs the Senate Public Utilities Committee that the National Telecommunications Commission may grant provisional authority to prosecute the AbS-CBN. He added that the network could remain on the air on a “equity basis” even when its franchise expires on May 4, 2020. In addition, the Committee stated that the ABS-CBN had continuous control over the Amcara canal and that such control would only be suspended if the signal was only switched off for three hours a day. He said that the Amcara franchise was used to maintain and operate Channel 23, and then called Studio 23, which was renamed ABS-CBN Sports-Action in 2014. However, over the past 23 years, Amcara has maintained an agreement with ABS-CBN, which it calls a “block time” agreement to allow ABS-CBN to transfer its programs through Studio 23/ABS-CBN Sports-Action. In addition, the ban agreement between ABS-CBN and Amcara ABS-CBN, Amcaras Channel 23, allows for 21 hours a day for most of the day,” he said. Thus, according to the panel, there is reason to believe that ABS-CBN controls Amcara in its entirety and not just its frequency. Some members of Congress expressed dismay at the decision, including Cagayan de Oro Rep. Rufus Rodriguez, who called the denial “non-evidence.”  Progressive and sectoral groups in the Philippines, such as Akbayan, Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas and Pamalakaya, also beat the voting body.
 However, on July 13, spokesman Alan Peter Cayetano made a decision to refuse to franchise the network.