De Lima on ABS-CBN resumption of broadcast operations: a 'test' for judiciary

De Lima on ABS-CBN resumption of broadcast operations: a 'test' for judiciary

Detained opposition senator Leila De Lima is joining the fray regarding the shutting down of the Lopez-owned television giant ABS-CBN following the cease and desist order issued by the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC).
"All is not lost for ABS-CBN. There are available legal remedies," De Lima said in a statement.

"[It will be] Another test for our courts," she said.
Detained opposition senator Leila De Lima
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Senators noted there is a loophole in the law on how to treat a media company whose license expired while Congress is still tackling its renewal application.

There were 8 other networks with a similar set up as ABS-CBN was allowed to operate beyond the expiry of its franchise,while waiting for its license approval.

"The ABS-CBN forced shutdown is another abominable illustration of the weaponization of the rule of law to serve personal ends of vendetta and power-tripping," De Lima said.

"It breaks my heart to see that the very same tyranny that caused the gross injustice against me finds another victim and further erodes the democracy that we have worked so hard to build," said the opposition senator who have been in detention since 2017 in Camp Crame in Quezon city for charges relating to masterminding the production of illegal drugs in the national penitentiary during her stint as Justice Secretary.
De Lima said its up to her colleagues in the House of Representatives to save the 11,000 ABS-CBN workers by acting upon the stations franchise renewal.
"I continue to urge my colleagues in the legislature to put their money where their mouth is and make this happen," De Lima said.

"Tama na po ang salita at magtrabaho na po tayo. Kung talagang sinusuportahan natin ang ABS-CBN, panahon na po para dinggin ng Kongreso ang kanilang franchise renewal," she said.
(Stop talking, and start working. If we really support ABS-CBN, it's time for Congress to pass their franchise renewal.)

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