IBP tells Congress: Approve or reject ABS-CBN franchise bill rather than an offer stop-gap joint reso

IBP tells Congress: Approve or reject ABS-CBN franchise bill rather than an offer stop-gap joint reso

The Integrated of Bar of the Philippines (IBP) made its message simple and clear for Congress to grasp – renew or reject the legislative franchise wholely instead of an stop-gap joint resolution.
"If both houses of Congress can anyway have a timely consensus, it may be better for them to decide whether or not to pass a franchise law in accordance with the Constitution rather than a "stop-gap" joint resolution authorizing NTC [National Telecommunications Commission] to administratively issue a provisional authority," IBP President Domingo Egon Cayosa said in a statement.

Cayosa warned a joint resolution "theoretically can be questioned by interested parties in another quo warranto case before the courts."
Press freedom advocates gather in front of ABS-CBN Corp.’s headquarters in Quezon City as they call on Congress to tackle the bills seeking the network’s franchise renewal.
(photo credit to ABS-CBN News)

The lower house has not set a schedule for them to tackle the 11 pending bill pending, all of which calls for a renewal of the legislative franchise for another 25 years.
The INP also in the same statement reiterates that freedom of expression and freedom of the press are fundamental principles of the Constitution.
"Let us enjoy the freedom to express different opinions with sobriety and mutual respect. We trust and we pray that the proper authorities do their sworn duties well and in a timely manner, ever mindful that their power comes from law, public trust, and for the public interest," Cayosa said.

ABS-CBN is also facing a quo warranto petition filed by the Office of the Solicitor General before the Supreme Court, wherein SolGen Jose Calida among others cited the alleged violations of the media outfit of its terms and on the strict ban on foreign ownership of mass media.

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