Hontiveros slams SolGen's misplaced priorities, backs provisional permit for ABS-CBN

Hontiveros slams SolGen's misplaced priorities, backs provisional permit for ABS-CBN

Opposition senator Rissa Hontiveros slams Solicitor General Jose Calida and reminds the counsel of the Philippine government to rethink his priorities amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

The opposition senator did not let it pass in slamming the Office of the Solicitor General (OSG) after it warned the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) against giving ABS-CBN network a provisional permit while Congress would still deliberate its franchise.

“The OSG has misplaced priorities, and should just focus its energies on supporting government efforts amid the pandemic,” Hontiveros tweeted.

Opposition senator Rissa Hontiveros
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OSG said the NTC might be facing graft complaints if they issue a provisional authority to ABS-CBN. He said such provisional permit can only be issued once its congressional franchise is granted.

Hontiveros is backing up the Lopez-owned network amid the attempts of the OSG to block its franchise renewal, the license of the network has expired on May 4.

Hontiveros is of an opinion that NTC can allow ABS-CBN to continue operating while its franchise is still pending in Congress.

“I stand with my colleagues in the Senate and the House of Representatives that nothing should prevent the National Telecommunications Commission from issuing a provisional authority to ABS-CBN and its subsidiaries while the renewal of its franchise is pending in Congress,” she said.

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