The pressure has risen significantly on ABS-CBN to have its franchise renewed after President Rodrigo Duterte authorised the 25-year franchise extension of its rival media community, GMA Network Inc.

On Wednesday (April 27), Duterte signed into legislation Republic Act (RA) No. 10925, extending the franchise of GMA, an Inquirer report stated.

The franchise of the “Kapuso” community, which operates TV channels, a radio station and a web based website, was imagined to expire this yr.

ABS-CBN or the “Kapamliya” community, on the opposite hand, has an present franchise that can run till March 30, 2020.

It’s renewal software stays pending within the 17th Congress earlier than Palawan Rep. Franz Alvarez’s Committee on Legislative Franchises. In truth, ABS-CBN’s software has been hanging for the reason that earlier administration.

Incidentally, Duterte has lately relapsed into assailing ABS-CBN, which he claimed was too important of him through the marketing campaign interval final yr. Digong in fact gained the 2016 presidential race by way of landslide.

The former Davao City mayor shall be in Malacañang till 2022, which means the Kapamilya community should consider a option to appease Duterte and his allies in Congress–and quick.