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#NoToABSCBNShutDown: Will ABS-CBN finally be signing off for good?

Will ABS CBN franchise be renewed?

The National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) issued a cease and desist order against ABS-CBN on Tuesday, May 5, a day after its congressional franchise has expired.

The NTC directed the said network to end all television and radio broadcasting operations.

ABS-CBN was also given 10 days’ grace period to explain why the frequencies assigned to it should not be recalled.

Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra said the NTC’s order is “immediately executory, but still appealable to the courts.”

Republic Act No. 7966 was enacted in March 1995 and granted the Lopez-led network a franchise to operate for 25 years, but Congress failed to act on its renewal. The franchise expired last May 4, 2020.

Solicitor General Jose Calida has warned the NTC against giving ABS-CBN the provisional authority to operate while its franchise renewal is still in the works.

Narito ang pahayag ng ABS-CBN matapos ang utos ng National Telecommunications Commission na nagpapatigil sa operasyon ng lahat ng TV at radio stations nito sa buong bansa. #ABSCBNFranchise

Posted by ABS-CBN News on Tuesday, May 5, 2020

Kapamilya stars took to Twitter their concern regarding the attack on the network.

Bianca Gonzalez questioned the Congress’ and Senate’s authority on the matter.

Asia’s Songbird Regine Velasquez and actress Ria Atayde initiated the changing of display picture to show support for the network.

Angeli Valenciano, talent manager, voiced her concern regarding TFC being the source of happiness for OFWs and now being shut down.

News Anchor Karen Davila asked why shutting down ABS-CBN was government’s main goal when the country is facing a pandemic and an economic crisis.

Juan Miguel Severo said the Chinese are free to gamble but the Filipinos are prohibited to broadcast.

This is the second time ABS CBN went off the air, the first being the declaration of Martial Law.




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