ABS-CBN Corp. goes off the air

ABS-CBN Corp. goes off the air

The ABS-CBN Corporation channel 2 goes off air.

This following the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) issuance of a Cease and Desist Order against ABS-CBN after its legislative franchise expired on May 4.

Department of Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra said that the cease and desist order from the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) against broadcast company ABS-CBN is immediately executory.

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But the DOJ Secretary clarified that even if it is immediately executory it can subjected to judicial review.

The NTC issued a cease and desist order against the broadcast giant, a day after ABS-CBN Corp.’s legislative franchise expired May 4 (Monday).

NTC cited Republic Act No. 3846 or the Radio Control Law which states that “no person, firm, company, association, or corporation shall construct, install, establish, or operate a radio transmitting station, or radio receiving station used for commercial purposes, or a radio broadcasting station, without having first obtained a franchise therefor from the Congress of the Philippines.”

The expiration of Republic Act. No 7966, which granted ABS-CBN a 25-year franchise to operate its TV and radio broadcasting stations, NTC said that ABS-CBN “no longer has a valid and subsisting congressional franchise as required by Act No. 3846.

ABS-CBN’s statement

In a statement issued by the Lopez-owned network it said, “millions of Filipinos will lose their source of news and entertainment when ABS-CBN is ordered to go off-air on TV and radio tonight (May 5) when people need crucial and timely information as the nation deals with the COVID-19 pandemic.”

“Despite Senate Resolution No. 40, the House of Representatives’ committee on legislative franchises’ letter, the guidance of the Department of Justice, and the sworn statement of NTC Commissioner Gamaliel Codoba, the NTC did not grant ABS-CBN a provisional authority to operate while its franchise renewal remains pending in Congress,” ABS-CBN said.

“We trust that the government will decide on our franchise with the best interest of the Filipino people in mind, recognizing ABS-CBN’s role and efforts in providing the latest news and information during these challenging times,” ABS-CBN said.

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