House of Rep.should have cited NTC in contempt - Monsod

House of Rep.should have cited NTC in contempt - Monsod

Atty. Christian Monsod is of the opinion that the House of Representatives should have cited the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) for its non-attendance of the last week’s inquiry regarding the franchise renewal of the Lopez controlled ABS-CBN Corporation.
Atty. Monsod is one of the framers of the 1987 Philippine Constitution, said NTC and the Office of the Solicitor General has invoked the time honored law principle of sub judice, which restricts comments and discussion that might influence the court, due to a pending quo warranto petition before the Supreme Court by the latter.

The sub judice rule is not applicable as the Congress has "a right to conduct its hearings, Monsod said.
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"That’s a very lame excuse because the NTC testified in Congress and he’ll only be asked about that testimony in Congress. That’s a proper point of inquiry by Congress," he told ANC.
"I was wondering why Congress did not do that. They should have (cited NTC in contempt) for refusing to answer questions on the ground of sub judice," he added when asked if the agency should have been held in contempt.
NTC earlier said it did not intend to cause any “confusion” when it issued the Cease and Desist order which led to the shutdown of ABS-CBN, despite a previous promise was given that it would grant a provisional franchise.

NTC explains that th grant of such provisional franchise would be tantamount to “encroaching” on Congress’ exclusive power over legislative franchises.
Monsod said SolGen Jose Calida has “preempted” Congress by questioning ABS-CBN's franchise before the high court.
"Let’s assume that he is sincere in what he’s doing, but he cannot preempt Congress. That’s where he’s wrong, by filing a quo warranto and then going to Congress and saying I cannot answer questions because there’s a pending case in the Supreme Court," he said.
"If there is a violation of sub judice rule, I think Congress should continue and it’s up to the Supreme Court to tell Congress it’s sub judice and I’m sure the Supreme Court will not do that."

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