WAG Mag Inarte: ABS-CBN franchise problems different from other networks - NTC

WAG Mag Inarte: ABS-CBN franchise problems different from other networks - NTC



It is different.

The National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) is responding to the reasoning being set forth as to why they issued a cease and desist order as against ABS-CBN while history dictates they allowed other media outfit to continue broadcast operations even if their legislative franchises have expired.


NTC Deputy Commissioner Edgardo Cabarios said in an interview with ABS-CBN News Channel (ANC) said “there were issues raised” against the Lopez owned broadcasting company’s license and its bid to renew it to another 25 years, thus the agency “cannot just keep quiet” about it.

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“There are comments, issues, there are those challenging the validity of the franchise. There are opinions now being raised,” Cabarios noted.

One of the reasons being circulated by the supporters of the ABS-CBN is that they were similar media organizations that was given provisional authority, even if their legislative franchise have expired and its renewal is currently pending in Congress.
“That’s right and nobody had complained, nobody raised issues about these (other entities), but this is different because there are issues that were raised [against ABS-CBN],” Cabarios continued.


“There are issues that were raised. There are comments, issues, there are those challenging the validity of the franchise. There are opinions now being raised… So hindi na pwede (So not anymore), we cannot just keep quiet,” he also said, adding that NTC officials will be charged with dereliction of duty if it does not do anything on the matter.

When asked if NTC can be guilty of omission in the past when it granted provisional authority to other media outfits, while their respective application is pending in the House.

“Remember when Congress said they can continue, we interpreted that to be extending the validity of the franchise, but in this particular case, no. There was a resolution enjoining the commission to grant provisional authority when the franchise expires. So it’s a different case,” he reiterated.







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