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THE DAY IN PHOTOS: July 09, 2020

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jul 10 2020 12:51 AM

Here are the big stories today in photos.

Cleaning House

Maintenance workers clean the facade and logo of the House of Representatives at the Batasan Complex in Quezon City on Thursday. Preparations are underway for President Rodrigo Duterte’s 5th State of the Nation Address scheduled on July 27. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News

Lawmakers urged to save jobs

Press freedom and workers' rights advocates join ABS-CBN employees during a solidarity caravan and protest to call for the renewal of the ABS-CBN franchise outside the House of Representatives on Thursday. The Committee on Legislative Franchise is scheduled to hear summations of arguments on the ABS-CBN franchise today. Fernando Sepe, Jr., ABS-CBN News

IATF allows backriding for couples

Motorcycle riders cruise along Taft Avenue in Manila on Thursday. Interior and Local Government Secretary Eduardo Año announced that back riding on motorcycles will be allowed for couples in areas under modified general community quarantine and general community quarantine based on decision made by the Inter Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Disease. Danny Pata, ABS-CBN News

'Kapamilya forever'

A convoy of ABS-CBN employees and press freedom advocates passes through Commonwealth Avenue in Quezon City as they head to the House of Representatives on Thursday, ahead of the House Committee on Legislative Franchise’s summations of arguments on the broadcast network’s 25-year franchise application. No schedule has been set for House members to vote on the bill but a defeat at the committee level would end ABS-CBN’s bid. Basilio H. Sepe, ABS-CBN News

Hoping and praying for a broadcast franchise

ABS-CBN employees and supporters hold a prayer and candle lighting activity outside the ABS-CBN compound in Quezon City on Thursday for the approval of the network's franchise application. The House Committees on Legislative Franchises, and on Good Government and Public Accountability heard the summation of arguments for and against the granting of a fresh 25-year franchise for the media giant on the same day. Gigie Cruz, ABS-CBN News

Before the summation of discussions

Bayan Muna Rep. Carlos Zarate and ACT Teachers Rep. France Castro listen to House Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano before the start of the summation of discussions on the franchise renewal application of ABS-CBN on Thursday. The Committee on Legislative Franchises is set to decide the fate of the network on Friday. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News