Naglabas ng opisyal na pahayag ng GMA Network, Inc. na wala itong nilabag sa constitutionally-mandated 50-year franchise period.
Ipinagdiriwang ng Kapuso Network ang ika-pitumpong anibersaryo nito ngayong 2020.
Sa official statement ng GMA Network na inilabas kahapon, June 18, ipinaliwanag na hindi lumampas sa 50 taon ang prangkisa ng radio at television business ng network.
Nakasaad dito: "GMA Network has consistently complied with all requirements related to its 70 years of operations.
"The Network, which started its corporate existence in 1950 as Loreto F. de Hemedes, Inc. (later changed to Republic Broadcast System or RBS), first obtained a franchise under Act No. 3846 and later under Presidential Decree 576-A.
"It had amended its original Articles of Incorporation to extend its corporate life pursuant to the Corporation Code of the Philippines.
"In 1992, pursuant to the 1987 Constitution, RBS was granted a new 25-year franchise to operate under Republic Act No. 7252.
"In 2017, the franchise of RBS, presently known as GMA, was renewed for another 25 years under Republic Act No. 10925.
"It is important to clarify that in both instances, GMA was granted by law 25 years each to operate its radio and television business which do not exceed 50 years."
Naging isyu ang 70th anniversary celebration ng GMA-7 dahil sa pahayag ni SAGIP Party-list Representative Rodante Marcoleta sa franchise renewal hearing ng ABS-CBN noong May 26, 2020.
Saad ni Marcoleta, "The ABS-CBN has been using the airwaves for more than 50 years, 53 years today to be exact.
"Our Constitution says that Congress can grant a franchise of up to 50 years only.
"The committee on the legislative franchise should not allow itself to be used by ABS-CBN to again circumvent the Constitution and violate the categorical 50-year limitation imposed on franchises."
Ito ang dahilan kaya kinukuwestiyon ng mga supporters ng Kapamilya Network ang 70th year operating period ng GMA Network.
Ang ABS-CBN News ang isa sa mga news outlet na naglabas ng official statement ng GMA Network kagabi.
Headline nito: "GMA Network, operating for 70 years, says it didn’t violate 50-year single franchise cap."
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