OSG petition to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’

OSG petition to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’

Senator Panfilo Lacson is making the headlines again amidst the eruption of Taal volcano he is making a stand regarding the impending franchise renewal of the television giant ABS-CBN channel 2.

“I think it’s somewhat duplicitous this move to stop ABS-CBN’s franchise renewal because they cannot stop the Congress from deciding on that,” Sen. Panfilo Lacson said

The comment was brought about the news that the Office of the Solicitor General has already a signed quo warranto petition which would invoke the powers of the Supreme Court to revoke the tv giant’s franchise.

Senator Panfilo "Ping" Lacson
(photo credit to owner)

Lacson emphasized that it is up to the hands of Congress whether ABS-CBN channel 2 legislative franchise be renewed.

The news report from Manila Times said that the Office of the Solicitor General has in its possession a signed quo warranto petition that seeks to revoke ABS-CBN’s legislative franchise because of alleged violation on its franchise.

It was reported that none other than Solicitor General Jose Calida will be the one heading the move for such revocation.

Senator Lacson also noted that the Supreme Court would not “encroach on the power guaranteed by the Constitution” to Congress.

ABS-CBN franchise is set to expire this coming March. Under Republic Act No. 3846, television and radio broadcasters are mandated to secure a franchise from the government before they can operate.

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