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The Philippine parliament finally suspends the country’s main media after Duterte’s criticism

July 10, 2020

The Philippine parliament has suspended the renewal of the broadcasting license for the ABS-CBN chain, the country’s main media, which has been involved in a confrontation for weeks with the Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte, against whom they have poured a lot of critical information, in particular, on Friday for his brutal drug trafficking campaign.

The suspension of the license was unanimously decided by the legislative committee of the Parliament for Telecommunications, which makes ABS-CBN impossible to build, install, set up, operate and maintain radio and television stations in the whole country, “in a decision that will initially affect 11,000 chain employees.

The committee’s official argument is that ABS-CBN “does not deserve a license given the alleged violations committed in recent years, starting with a questionable and unfair tax evasion policy and somewhat less than exemplary labor practices”.

The Philippine parliament finally suspends the country’s main media after Duterte’s criticismThe Philippine parliament finally suspends the country’s main media after Duterte’s criticism

In this sense, the committee recalled that the chain did not issue any political advertisements that President Duterte paid for during the 2016 elections. A “mistake”, according to the media officials, for which Duterte accepted the following excuses.