Congressman Madrona of Romblon voted vs. ABS-CBN’s franchise renewal

Congressman Madrona of Romblon voted vs. ABS-CBN’s franchise renewal

Congressman Elandro Jesus “Budoy” Madrona of Romblon is running for reelection as the representative of the province’s lone district. Madrona is running under the administration-allied Nacionalista Party. His main challenger is Joey Venancio of Aksyon Demokratiko.

Back in July 2020, Madrona voted to deny broadcast giant ABS-CBN’s application for a new franchise together with 69 other allies of President Rodrigo Duterte in the House of Representatives.

In an interview with Romblon News Network a day after voting against ABS-CBN, Madrona claimed that the network is not entitled to a franchise renewal. “As proven during our several hearings, ABS CBN blatantly violated the terms and conditions of their franchise, hence, to me, they are not anymore entitled to renewal,” Madrona said.

He added: “With all due respect to those negative comments, I am sure they would be convinced that I voted correctly had they heard and seen the documented violations of the franchise by ABS CBN.”

It is not clear though what violations Madrona was talking about because multiple government agencies including the Bureau of Internal Revenue, Department of Labor and Employment, and the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Over the years, the province’s tourism industry has greatly benefited by getting mileage through the network’s various shows – including Korina Sanchez’ “Rated K” and and in the late Gina Lopez’ “G Diaries.” Romblon was also at the cornerstone of Bantay Kalikasan’s pro-environment advocacy.

As an elected representatives of Romblomanons, it is uncertain if Madrona consulted his constituents over the issue or if he simply chose to cower in the face of pressure from Duterte and House leaders.

Madrona has served as Romblon’s congressman in three different stints: from 1992 to 2001, then from 2007 to 2016, then from 2019 to present. Come May, Romblomanons have a choice either to give Madrona his eighth term in Congress or to send someone else.

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The Filipino Scribe (TFS) is managed by Mark Pere Madrona, a multi-awarded writer and licensed professional teacher from the Philippines. Mr. Madrona earned his master’s degree in history from the University of the Philippines-Diliman last 2020. He obtained his bachelor’s degree in journalism cum laude from the same university back in 2010. His area of interests includes Philippine journalism, history, and politics as well as social media. Know more about him here: https://www.filipinoscribe.com/about/.

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