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NTC issues cease and desist order against ABS-CBN

NTC orders ABS-CBN to stop its operations nationwide.

The National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) has issued a cease and desist order against broadcast giant ABS-CBN.

In a letter issued Tuesday, May 5, 2020, the NTC has directed the ABS-CBN broadcasting corporation to “stop operating its various TV and radio broadcasting stations nationwide.”

The media company was also given 10 days to explain why their frequency should not be recalled.

NTC’s order came as a surprise after it had already agreed to give ABS-CBN provisional authority based on the Senate hearing in February and the House of Representatives letter also last February.

“May I assure this committee that barring a gross violation of its franchise of the NTC rules and regulations, the NTC will follow the latest advice of the DOJ (Department of Justice) and let ABS-CBN continue operations based on equity,” said NTC Commissioner Cordoba.

The Dept. of Justice on its opinion said ABS-CBN or any broadcast entity should be allowed to continue its operations pending franchise renewal in Congress.

“The DOJ stands by its position that there is sufficient equitable basis to allow broadcast entities to continue operating while the bills for the RENEWAL of their franchise remain pending with Congress,” said Guevarra.

Meanwhile, several lawmakers have shared their disappointment over NTC’s actions.

Senator Sonny Angara said it’s a little disappointing on the part of NTC that in this time when people needed far-reaching information, they decided to shut down ABS-CBN.

Senator Kiko Pangilinan meanwhile slammed NTC’s grave abuse of power saying the move in the time of pandemic is unacceptable.

House Committee on Legislative Franchises Chikoy Alvarez on his part warned the NTC that they may be held in contempt if they’ll find out that they succumb to the caprice of Solicitor General Jose Calida.

Calida on Sunday, May 3, 2020  has warned the NTC that they may face graft charges if they will grant ABS-CBN provisional authority.

Another member of the Committee on Legislative Franchises, Rep. Tonypet Albano, on the other hand, threatened to abolish NTC.

Here are other sentiments from other lawmakers.




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