MANILA, Philippines—The House of Representatives’ lopsided and controversial decision to deny the ABS-CBN of a franchise not only put the network’s news and entertainment shows in limbo but also the airing of several sports leagues in the Philippines.
After weeks of deliberations, the House Committee on Legislative Franchises voted 70-11 that junked the consolidated bill that would’ve given ABS-CBN a 25-year franchise to resume broadcast operations.
This congressional move, which was a controversial one, had damaging effects on Philippine sports as the UAAP and NCAA have broadcast partnerships with the network with their games getting aired at ABS-CBN Sports and Action.
Manny Pacquiao’s, who is a senator, Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League, the Premier Volleyball League, and ONE Championship—Asia’s biggest mixed martial arts promotion—also have their shows broadcast with ABS-CBN.
This measure left several Philippine sports personalities utterly disgusted with some calling it an injustice.
Magnolia assistant coach Jason Webb, a former PBA commentator, lamented the decision and questioned how the Congress got full of corrupted personalities.
“Makes you think what we did wrong to deserve the leaders we have right now? We are ruled by men driven by corruption and pure evil,” posted Webb on Twitter. “God bless the Philippines.”
Makes you think…what did we do wrong to deserve the leaders that we have right now? We are ruled by men driven by corruption and pure evil.
God bless the Philippines#NOtoABSCBNFranchiseDenial
— Jason Webb (@Jason_Webb_Phil) July 10, 2020
ABS-CBN sports broadcaster Gretchen Ho, a former volleyball star with Ateneo, said that Congress’ denial of a franchise should be the inspiring call for the current generation to continue the fight.
“To all the kids, take note. May this day inspire in all of us a stronger call to serve and fight injustice,” said Ho.
To all the kids, take note. May this day inspire in all of us a stronger call to serve and to fight injustice. https://t.co/6M1QKeCpn9
— Gretchen Ho (@gretchenho) July 10, 2020
Alyssa Valdez, the PVL’s biggest draw, simply said “unbelievable” with Congress’ decision.
— Alyssa Valdez (@AlyssaValdez2) July 10, 2020
Charo Soriano said the lawmakers’ decision to deny the franchise was “disheartening” but it was in their action that revealed their identities.
“This is a day to be remembered. The day that our lawmakers have been weighed, have been measured, and have been found wanting. How truly disheartening,” wrote Soriano.
This is a day to be remembered. The day that our lawmakers have been weighed,have been measured, & have been found wanting. How truly disheartening.
To our kapamilyas, let us together find light in this darkness. We are with you.
This, too, shall pass.#NoToABSCBNFranchiseDenial
— Charo Soriano (@itscharosoriano) July 10, 2020
Bar topnotcher Mickey Ingles, who played football for Ateneo, said that Congress’ decision was to be expected but that they will be forever judged for their action.
NOT SURPRISED BUT STILL DISAPPOINTED. (AGAIN.)
History will judge you. We will judge you.
— Mickey Ingles (@MickeyInglesLaw) July 10, 2020
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