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We call on Congress to do what is right and immediately pass the bill to renew ABS-CBN's franchise.

The quo warranto petition the Office of the Solicitor General reportedly plans to file before the Supreme Court for the revocation of the network's franchise is proof that this government, in a supremely undemocratic act, is out to silence a media outfit because of the animosity of one man, the president of the Republic.

While we are dismayed at Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano's brazen conflict of interest when he admitted having a personal beef with the network whose franchise the chamber he heads is supposed to deliberate on, we continue to hope that you, the elected representatives of the people, can rise above your leader's petty vindictiveness and strike a blow in defense of freedom of the press and of expression.

At the very least, if the president is really hell-bent on shutting down ABS-CBN, let him bear full responsibility by passing the bill renewing the network's franchise and let him veto it if he dares to. Do not be accomplices in the rape of democracy.