List of lawmakers who voted for and against ABS-CBN franchise renewal
A caravan protest in support of the renewal of franchise of media giant ABS-CBN Corp.
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List of lawmakers who voted for and against ABS-CBN franchise renewal
Bella Perez-Rubio ( - July 10, 2020 - 4:58pm

MANILA, Philippines (3rd update, 6:57 p.m.) — The House of Representatives on Friday carried out President Rodrigo Duterte's threats to shut down ABS-CBN, with an overwhelming majority of 70 legislators voting to deny the network a new franchise and its 11,000 workers stable jobs amid the coronavirus crisis.

Only 11 lawmakers cast votes in support of the renewal, while two inhibited and one opted to abstain. A majority vote of 44 was needed to approve the resolution denying the company's franchise.

Here is the list of lawmakers who voted "No" to the resolution denying the network's franchise renewal, according to Kabataan Partylist Rep. Sarah Elago:

  1. Sol Aragones (Laguna 3rd District)
  2. Christopher De Venecia (Pangasinan 4th District)
  3. Carlos Zarate (Bayan Muna Party-list)
  4.  Gabriel Bordado (Camarines Sur 3rd District)
  5. Vilma Santos (Batangas 6th District)
  6. Lianda Bolilia (Batangas 4th District)
  7. Jose Tejada (North Cotabato 4th District)
  8. Bienvenido Abante (Manila 6th District)
  9. Stella Quimbo (Marikina 2nd District)
  10. Mujiv Hataman (Basilan Lone District)
  11. Edward Maceda (Manila 4th District)

Former actor Rep. Alfred Vargas (Quezon City) inhibited from voting, citing "conflict of interest." Rep. Micaela Violago (Nueva Ecija) also inhibited.

The 70 who voted "Yes" to the resolution to reject the franchise.

  1. Raneo Abu
  2. Cyrille Abueg-Zaldivar
  3. Gil Acosta
  4. Atonio Albano
  5. Samantha Louise Alfonso
  6. Juan Miguel Macapagal Arroyo
  7. Cristal Bagatsing
  8. Julienne Baronda
  9. Elpidio Barzaga Jr.
  10. Claudine Bautista
  11. Juan Pablo Bondoc
  12. Antonio Calixto
  13. Prescious Castelo
  14. Joaquin Chipeco Jr.
  15. Ma. Theresa Collantes
  16. Anthony Peter Crisologo
  17. Francisco Datol
  18. Mike Defensor
  19. Paulo Duterte
  20. Faustino Michael Dy
  21. Faustino V. Dy
  22. Ian Paul Dy
  23. Conrado Estrella III
  24. Ria Christina Fariñas
  25. Dan Fernandez
  26. Bayani Fernando
  27. Luis Ferrer IV
  28. Pablo John Garcia
  29. Janette Garin
  30. Sharon Garin
  31. Weslie Gatchalian
  32. Sandro Gonzales
  33. Eduardo Gullas
  34. Bernadette Herrera-Dy
  35. Dulce Ann Hofer
  36. Eleandro Jesus Madrona
  37. Dale Malapitan
  38. Esmael Mangudadatu
  39. Rodante Marcoleta
  40. Eric Martinez
  41. Francisco Matugas
  42. Raymond Mendoza
  43. Roger Mercado
  44. John Marvin Nieto
  45. Jose Fidel Nograles
  46. Jericho Nograles
  47. Henry Oaminal
  48. Joseph Stephen Paduano
  49. Wilter Palma II
  50. Enrico Pineda
  51. Jesus Crispin Remulla
  52. Strike Revilla
  53. Yedda Romualdez
  54. Ferdinand Martin Romualdez
  55. Xavier Jesus Romualdo
  56. Deogracias Savellano
  57. Frederick Siao
  58. Jose Singson Jr.
  59. Jose Antonio Sy-Alvarado
  60. Alyssa Sheena Tan
  61. Sharee Ann Tan
  62. Arnolfo Teves Jr.
  63. Abraham Tolentino
  64. Allan Ty
  65. Christian Unabia
  66. Rolando Valeriano
  67. Luis Villafuerte Jr.
  68. Camille Villar
  69. Eric Yap
  70. Divina Grace Yu

Rep. Alfredo Garbin Jr. abstained. 

As It Happens
LATEST UPDATE: July 22, 2020 - 8:59am

ABS-CBN Corp. stopped broadcasting on its TV and radio stations on May 5, 2020 after the National Telecommunications Commission issued a cease and desist order. The network's franchise had lapsed on May 4 without action by the House of Representatives.

July 22, 2020 - 8:59am

Lawmakers of the Makabayan bloc ask the House committee on legislative franchise to submit the report and the adopted resolution denying the franchise of ABS-CBN to the plenary for ratification.

In a letter addressed to Rep. Franz Alvarez (Palawan), Rep. Carlos Zarate (Bayan Muna Party-list) points out that the decision of the House panel to deny ABS-CBN a new franchise requires the approval of the entire lower chamber of Congress.

"Again, we reiterate that it is the duty, and in fact the right, of every member of the House to voice the opinion of their constituents through a plenary vote," the letter reads.

July 16, 2020 - 6:35pm

ABS-CBN’s sports production department announces that it will stop operations after non-renewal of the legislative franchise of the media giant. 

The network said in a statement Wednesday that it is forced to cease some business operations and implement a retrenchment program covering the network and its subsidiaries.

July 15, 2020 - 6:59pm

ABS-CBN announces it will implement a retrenchment program effective August 31 as it has been forced to cease operations of some of its businesses.

"We are doing all we can to mitigate the pain that will be felt by those affected, including paying out separation and retirement benefits and providing job placement programs. The loss of their jobs comes at a time when the uncertain and perilous impact of the COVID-19 pandemic further makes our decision truly difficult, but inevitable," the network also says.

"As much as it hurts us to implement this retrenchment program, this is the only way to ensure the continued employment of the rest of our Kapamilya," it also says as it wishes those affected by retrenchment well.

"For all that you have done for ABS-CBN, maraming salamat po."

July 13, 2020 - 10:22am

More than 500 journalists and media workers express solidarity with thousands of ABS-CBN workers who risk losing their jobs after a House panel denied the broadcast giant a new franchise.

In a statement released Monday, various journalists, editors and workers from different media organizations condemned the "unjust and cruel" decision of the House of Representatives committee on legislative franchises.

"One media outfit shut down because of the whims and trivialities of those in power is one too many, especially at a time when the public needs credible and independently verified information to make informed choices," the statement read.


July 12, 2020 - 6:33pm

Reporters covering the Senate on Sunday say the decision by a House panel to reject ABS-CBN's application for a new franchise "showed us that these lawmakers have become a heavy burden, a compounder of problems, and a worsener of woes to our already suffering nation."

They cite the potential loss of thousands of jobs while the country is dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic and say that the "serious economic repercussions" of the network shutdown are already being felt.

"The call of some lawmakers for Filipinos to move on is insensitive and an insult to the intelligence of the people," they also say. 

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