So its all over the news, Congress has announced to review ABS-CBN’s application for renewal of its franchise.
Rep. Franz Alvarez, chairman if the franchise committee of the House of Representatives assured the public that his committee will give ABS-CBN and all parties concern a chance in the deliberation on the franchise renewal issue.
On that note, retired broadcaster Jay Sonza wrote an open letter on Facebook addressed to Rep. Franz Alvarez enumerating the various alleged violations of the network (which you can find the original FB post below) to help Congressmen in deciding against ABS-CBN’s favor.
Sonza remarked that if Alvarez is true to his word, he will invite all parties concerned into your committee hearings so that your members can be properly informed, educated and enlightened.
Otherwise, Rep. Alvarez cannot blame the public to think that he and fellow committee members were bought with monies and other considerations by the lobbyist.
Sonza ended the post urging netizens to share his open letter until it reaches Alvarez and the 12 authors and co-authors of the franchise renewal/extension of abs cbn.
You may read original open letter below.
Rep. Franz Alvarez
Chairman, Franchise Committee
House of Representatives
Dear Mr. Alvarez,
You said your committee would like to give abs-cbn and all parties concern, a fair chance in the committee deliberation on the franchise renewal issue.
I would like to help you by advancing these issues against the company, to wit:
1. violation of the social amelioration laws on social security, housing and universal health care.
– non payment of the mandatory SSS contribution for all the employees regardless of status from day one of employment. A criminal offense.
– non payment of the mandatory philhealth contributions for all the employees of the network.
– non remittance of the mandatory pagibig fund contributions for all the employees.
– non payment of the mandatory contributions in the employees compensation for all the employees.
2. Violation of Labor Laws and practices and union bustings
– There are more that 20 different labor cases/complaints against the company for various violation of existing labor laws.
3. Violation of the law on women and children.
4. Violation of the Revenue Code of the Philippines. Tax evasion and tax avoidance cases against the network.
5. Violation of the national security and patrimony of the nation
6. Violation of the foundation and charitable institution laws and regulations.
7. Violation of Trade and Commerce laws, rules and regulation.
8. Violation of the Omnibus Election Law, rules and regulations.
9. Violation of the national telecommunication law, rules and regulations.
10. Violation of the Congressional Franchise granted to the company.
If you are true to your word, invite all parties concerned into your committee hearings so that your members can be properly informed, educated and enlightened.
Failure on your part to hear the testimonies and peruse the documents against the network, could only mean that you and your committee members were bought with monies and other considerations by the lobbyist.
Thank you and more power.
* please share this until it reaches Alvarez and the 12 authors and co-authors of the franchise renewal/extension of abs cbn (violago, aragones, sato, nograles, et. al.)
Source: Jay Sonza