According to Cayetano, the network’sfranchise renewal bill was among matters the House “has been carefully studyingfrom day one” of the current Congress session. House of Representatives Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano. BUSINESSMIRROR Cayetano added that the matter“simply boils down to whether or not the government, through Congress,should to continue to grant a private corporation the privilege to do businessusing government-owned airwaves.” “Consistent with the DuterteAdministration’s stand on the protection of the freedom of expression, Congressis committed to conduct an impartial hearing where those who are against or infavor of the renewal may make their case,” said Cayetano. “While certain interests want to speedup the process, the House is working alongside the chamber’s panel onlegislative franchises on how to prioritize urgent and important legislation,”he added. On Monday, Solicitor General Jose Calidahas filed a quo warranto plea before the Supreme Court seeking to invalidatethe ABS-CBN franchise, citing alleged violation of law./PN There were at least 11 bills forABS-CBN’s franchise renewal that are pending in the House just about a month beforeCongress goes on break on March 14. The network’s franchise will expire onMarch 30. “This constitutional duty ofCongress does not preclude other branches of government to do as it sees fitwith regard to this matter. But neither should it divest Congress of its powersnor will their actions stop us from doing what we must do,” he said. MANILA – House of RepresentativesSpeaker Alan Peter Cayetano said ABS-CBN franchise renewal bill will be givenfair hearings as he urged the media to do some “soul searching” on how to bestserve the Filipinos. “Maybe the media, especially ABS-CBN,should also take this critical time for soul-searching on how we have allreached this point, on what reforms are needed and how to best serve God andthe Filipino People,” Cayetano said. Cayetano also said that the media mustdo some “soul-searching” as he cited how Duterte’s leadership has promptedinstitutions, even Congress, to “take a long hard look at itself” and“reflect” on their respective roles in nation-building and reformsneeded.
Liverpool City Council has deferred a decision on its next course of action in relation to the kick-off time of February’s Merseyside derby. They want the match to start earlier and although the council’s licensing committee support that stance it wants further investigation of its options to be made before it makes a definitive decision. “Merseyside Police do not support this fixture being played at 1730 on Saturday February 7 2015 and reiterate our position that this fixture should have a kick-off time of no later than 1.30pm on a weekend,” said the police in a report to a special meeting of the ground safety advisory committee. Everton informed the Premier League on December 9 of the police’s objections and the issue was discussed on Tuesday by the council’s licensing committee, who initially said it would “take legal advice on all appropriate options to enforce the position” in the event of no change of kick-off time being determined. They have deferred any course of action until they reconvene again in the new year. Merseyside Police’s report stressed there was no specific intelligence indicating any organised disorder is planned but stated the wider implications of a late kick-off meant they had to take action now. “I firmly believe that, the police, the clubs, and the city council have a responsibility to minimise the likelihood of those problems and their impact, not only on supporters within the footprint of the stadium, but also the wider community,” said the report. “An evening kick-off time at a weekend is undoubtedly the most challenging and gives us the least chance of meeting our responsibilities. “It is for this reason we, the police have specifically requested that this fixture should have a lunchtime kick-off.” The authority will take further legal advice and wait for a response from the Premier League after Merseyside Police initially raised objections to the 5.30pm start time on Saturday, February 7 at Goodison Park. After the fixture was moved in order to be televised by Sky Sports, the police elevated the match to a Category C fixture, with reference to there being a high risk of disorder. The Premier League has yet to respond but in the past it has previously allowed the scheduling of Swansea versus Cardiff to go ahead at a similar time. A statement from the Premier League said: “Everton FC has confirmed to the Premier League that they are able to host the match against Liverpool FC at 1730 on 7 February 2015 as scheduled.” Only if there are concerns over a safety certificate being issued could a change be viable, and as that is not a consideration and Everton have confirmed they are in a position to stage the game Press Association Sport understands there are no plans by the Premier League to alter the kick-off time. Press Association