MANILA, July 18, 2019–The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) will continue its broadcast operations for another 25 years.
The CBCP got its franchised renewed even without the signature of President Rodrigo Duterte, a document released by Malacañang showed.
The bill which seeks to extend the CBCP franchise lapsed into a law on April 22 after Duterte did not act on the matter.
Under the 1987 Constitution, the President has 30 days to sign a measure into law or veto it after receiving from Congress.
The 25-year franchise granted to CBCP expired in 2017 but the operations of its 29 radio stations were never stopped by the government.
Manila archdiocese-run Radio Veritas has a separate franchise that was renewed during the previous administration.
Bishop Mylo Hubert Vergara, head of Episcopal Commission on Social Communications, previously said the delay had nothing to do with the supposed “strain relationship” between the Church and Duterte.
Instead, he attributed it to a number of pending bills that the Congress had to attend to. (CBCPNews)