Is this the end of A2Z channel? Jay Sonza asks if Congressional probe on Zoe Broadcasting necessary?

“Dapat bang imbestigahan ang prangkisa Zoe Broadcasting ng Jesus is Lord na pinamumunuan ni Brother Eddie Villanueva?”

This is the opening salvo of retired broadcaster Jay Sonza in his latest Facebook post, perhaps to gauge how social media reacts to the just filed resolution calling for a probe for alleged violation of the state franchise of the Eddie Villanueva-owned station.

Sonza reminded netizens the nature of the business of Eddie Villanueva-owned TV station.

“Ang Zoe Broadcasting ay isang facility ng isang religious institution kaya ito ay tax exempted o hindi nagbabayad ng buwis.”

Sonza argued that as soon the Eddie Villanueva-owned TV station entered into an agreement with ABS-CBN, it has deviated from its original purpose, which is a religious religious facility of JIL.

“Simula ng ito pumasok sa isang block time agreement at nagpagamit sa ABS CBN bilang full commercial broadcast facilities, lumihis na ito sa pagiging religious facility lamang ng JIL.”

Sonza asked if the agreement entered by Zoe broadcasting and the Kapamilya Network is the same as the agreement with AMCARRA Broadcasting?

“Kahalintulad kaya ito sa pinasok na kasunduan ng Kapamilya Network sa AMCARRA Broadcasting (S&A Channel 23)?

Sonza informed netizens of the news regarding the reso filed in Congress calling for an investigation for alleged violation.

“Ngayon ay may naghain ng isang resolution calling for an investigation for alleged violation of state franchise of Zoe Broadcasting.”

Sonza ended the brief FB post by asking netizens if this probe is warranted. “Dapat nga ba?”

One netizen commented that this is the right thing to do. “Dapat lang. Yun franchise na binigay ng gobyerno ay isang prihibileyo lang at di dapat abusuhin at ilagay sa pagka-agrabyado ang gobyerno. Besides, the broadcast frequency provided to them is owned by the people.🇵🇭

Another netizen commented that if its making money, it should be taxed by the government. “Pag pinagkikitaan, Buwisan.Huwag sumandal sa pagiging makadiyos kung ikaw ay humahakot ng milyon ng walang buwis sa isa ring corrupt na pribadong kumpanya.Ito ay isang gawaing pangloloko sa mga salita ng diyos na binibigkas mo!

Another one said that GMA News TV used to be a blocktimer of Zoe Broadcasting. He asked if Zoe Broadcasting paid the right taxes from its earnings with that deal? “Until one or two years ago, Channel 11 was also blocked-timed by GMA for its GMA News TV. Nagbayad ba ng proper taxes ang Zoe network for its earning from that deals?”

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