Lagman explains why he couldn’t vote on ABS-CBN franchise

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Albay Rep. Edcel Lagman explained on Saturday why he did not have any voting right during Friday’s hearing of ABS-CBN’s franchise application, in which the panel voted 70-11 to deny the network’s bid.

“I want to make it clear that I am not a member of the committee on legislative franchises, for which reason I was not entitled to vote on the issue whether or not to grant ABS-CBN a renewed franchise,” Lagman said.

“However, as a Member of the House of Representatives I have the right to voice out my position during the joint committee hearings,” he added.

Lagman, a vocal supporter of ABS-CBN’s bid for a new franchise, said he remained steadfast in his advocacy that ABS-CBN is entitled to a fresh franchise because it has not violated the Constitution or any other law, including Republic Act 7699.

“I reiterate my observation that the instant recommendation of the so-called Technical Working Group (TWG) was a brief or memorandum on behalf of those opposing the renewal of the ABS-CBN franchise, and it was prepared to decimate the bid of ABS-CBN for franchise renewal,” he said.

“I shall in due time make a point-by-point rebuttal of the off-tangent assessments made by the TWG on the major issues raised against ABS-CBN,” Lagman said.