Senators react to NTC’s move against ABSCBN franchise
ABSCBN Franchise – Here are the reactions of Senators to the cease and desist order of the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) against the Kapamilya network.
On Tuesday, NTC ordered the TV network and broadcast stations affiliated to it to stop broadcasting after its franchise expired on May 4. In the official statement of NTC, the case of the hearing will be scheduled right after the lifting of the enhanced community quarantine.
In line with this issuance of cease and desist order, several lawmakers in the Philippines expressed reactions. Senator Sonny Angara said that it is not a good move to shut down the network, “the source of reliable information“, amid the crisis.
Sen. Migz Zubiri also expressed the same thoughts and Sen. Franklin Drilon echoed the views of his fellow lawmakers.
“We do recognize that all these condemnation will not move NTC… The House should start acting on this in the next 10 days… but the reality is you may not get anything from the House. They have fully struggled on whether to act on this or not,” Drilon added, based on ABS-CBN’s report.
Meanwhile, the main concern of Senator Grace Poe are the employees. She said in a statement that the TV network continues to pay the workers amid the ECQ and shutting it down would do worse.
For Senator Bong Revilla, the Congress should have acted on this matter before it reached to this point. He is also saddened by the fact that many workers will be affected by this.
The decision of the NTC, on the other shocked Senator Joel Villanueva. “During our hearing, the NTC gave us their word and so I’m just a little shocked that they are doing this,” he said.
Senator Francis Pangilinan tagged cease and desist order against ABSCBN Franchise as “grave abuse of governmental power.”
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