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Philippine broadcaster that angered Duterte loses key vote

ABS-CBN says 11,000 jobs at risk if its franchise not renewed

ABS-CBN was forced to shut its popular flagship channel and radio stations on May 5 after its 25-year legislative franchise expired, resulting in an estimated 30 million pesos ($607,000) pesos in advertising losses daily.   © AFP/Jiji

MANILA -- Philippine lawmakers voted on Friday to keep the country's largest broadcaster ABS-CBN that has infuriated President Rodrigo Duterte off the air. 

The 70 to 11 vote by members of the House Committee on Legislative Franchises means that ABS-CBN's congressional franchise will not be renewed after it expired on May 5, and the network will remain shut down.

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