ABS-CBN was forced to shut a month ago and now faces an agonising wait to hear whether it can continue to operate on a temporary basis until a decision is made on its franchise renewal [Rolex Dela Pena/EPA]

It has been almost a month since President Rodrigo Duterte forced the closure of ABS-CBN, but as the Philippines’ largest media network awaits a high court ruling and congressional decision that will determine its future, the company’s 11,000 employees are increasingly anxious. 

The Supreme Court could, at any moment this week, decide on ABS-CBN’s plea to resume operations while waiting for Duterte’s allies in Congress to act on the renewal of its 25-year franchise, but a favourable court ruling remains in question.

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