BREAKING NEWS: NTC orders ABS-CBN Corp. to stop broadcast operations

BREAKING NEWS: NTC orders ABS-CBN Corp. to stop broadcast operations

The National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) on Tuesday issued 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 issued Tuesday is immediately executory.

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

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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).

OSG stance

Earlier the Office of the Solicitor General issued a warning to the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) against issuing provisional authorities to ABS-CBN Corp. and its affiliate, ABS-CBN Convergence, Inc., in the absence of a franchise from Congress.

“The Constitution gives Congress the exclusive power to grant franchises to public utilities, such as broadcasting companies, in order to operate in the country. Although this legislative power may be delegated to administrative agencies through a law, at present, there is no such law giving the NTC or any other agency the power to grant franchises to broadcasting entities,” Solicitor General Jose Calida said in a statement

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