NTC says sorry to Congress, but firm on ABS-CBN shutdown

NTC says sorry to Congress, but firm on ABS-CBN shutdown

The National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) has apologized to House Speaker Allan Peter Cayetano and for the rest of Congressmen when they issued last May 5 the cease and desist order that led to the Lopez controlled media giant going off air.

In a letter addressed to Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano and Palawan 1st District Rep. Franz Alvarez, chair of the House committee on legislative franchises, the NTC officials said that “Constitution, the laws, and jurisprudence, provided insurmountable obstacles to the issuance of a PA, notwithstanding equitable considerations.”

The letter was in response to the show cause order that was issued against the NTC officials namely, Commissioner Gamaliel Cordoba, Deputy Commissioner Edgardo Cabarios, Deputy Commissioner Delilah Deles, and Legal Branch Head Ella Blanca Lopez, to explain why they should not be cited in contempt after the commission directed media giant ABS-CBN to stop its broadcast operations.

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“Nonetheless, we regret failing to notify you, the Honorable Speaker, and the House of Representatives, and in particular the Chairperson and members of the Committee on Legislative Franchise, of our decision to issue a CDO against ABS-CBN following the expiration of its franchise last 4 May 2020,” the NTC officials said in the letter.

“We are deeply saddened as well for the inconvenience we may have caused Congress. Again, we express our contriteness and sincere apologies for the ensuing confusion this has caused, not the least because we are in the midst of a crisis,” they added.

“We intended no disrespect whatsoever towards Congress. On the contrary, it was precisely NTC’s full respect and recognition for Congress’ sole prerogatives that led it to desist from issuing a PA and, thereafter, to conclude that it was legally bound to issue a CDO,” said NTC.

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