Broadcast giant ABS-CBN on Wednesday admitted it was not a “perfect organization,” two days after insisting it did not violate the law in response to Solicitor General’s petition to have its franchise revoked by the Supreme Court.

ABS-CBN thanked groups that have expressed support for it and at the same time welcomed a lawmaker’s statement that it would be allowed to continue operations even if lawmakers did not renew its franchise before the expiry date of March 30, 2020.

Here’s the statement in full:

“We appreciate the statement of Rep. Antonio Albano that ABS-CBN may be legally allowed to operate even after its franchise expires.

We also appreciate the commitment of Congress to go through the renewal process at the appropriate time. We trust in this promise.

We have issued our statement on the Solicitor General’s accusations, and as directed, we will submit a more detailed response to the Supreme Court within the prescribed period.

We want to thank everyone who has expressed overwhelming support for ABS-CBN.

Our passion to be of service to the Filipino is real.

While we are not a perfect organization, we assure the public that we strive to maintain the highest level of integrity as we work to deliver services that many Filipinos believe to be important and meaningful to them.”

Sen. Nancy Binay on Tuesday said she hoped the House of Representatives would not be hindered from hearing the network’s franchise renewal despite the quo warranto petition against ABS-CBN pending in the Supreme Court.

Binay said the legislative branch should not sit on the franchise’s approval, adding it was the job of legislators to discuss and study the merits of granting or refusing franchises to those who apply for them.

While acknowledging that the high court has already acted on the petition by asking ABS-CBN to submit its comment in 10 days, Congress still has time to discuss 11 bills seeking to renew the network’s franchise and send it to plenary for debates and voting, she said.

“I’m not comfortable with the idea that the franchise will be allowed to expire without going through the process. It would look like we’re not doing our job,” Binay said.

While the network’s coverage of the Binays might not have been friendly, the senator said she would still support ABS-CBN’s franchise renewal.

Asked why, she said the vote “is not about me.” (PressONE.ph)