SolGen Calida re ABS-CBN permanent shut down : "Justice has been served"

SolGen Calida re ABS-CBN permanent shut down : "Justice has been served"

The Solicitor General of the Republic of the Philippines praised the House of Representatives Committee on Legislative Franchises for denying the Lopez-controlled ABS-CBN Corporation.

Calida said the lawmakers did their job well, describing the whole 12 days of committee hearing as "fair, impartial, comprehensive and thorough".

"Justice has been served," he said in a statement.
Solicitor General of the Republic of the Philippines Jose Calida
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The overwhelming result of the votes showed that various issues such as the dual citizenship of ABS-CBN Chairman Emeritus Eugenio "Gabby" Lopez III, alleged tax-avoidance, and biased reporting, among others took its toll with the lawmakers.
The SolGen also said the  70-11 vote denying a fresh 25 year legislative franchise to the Kapamilya network helped  upheld the arguments of the petition he had filed with the Supreme Court against ABS-CBN Corporation.

Some of the arguments are the issues with respect to the company allegedly violating the terms of its franchise by launching KBO pay-per-view channel without the National Telecommunications Commission's permission and allowing foreign investors to "take part in ownership of a Philippine mass media entity" through issuing Philippine depository receipts.
SolGen Calida thanked the 70 lawmakers who stood their ground and upholded the law and this action by them does not in any way restrain press freedom amid the enraged criticisms of the tv network’s employees and supporters.

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