President Duterte on ABS-CBN shut down: Why not just pass ABS-CBN franchise?

Presidential Spokesperson reveals stand of President Duterte about ABS-CBN franchise renewal issue after it has shut down.

ABS-CBN FRANCHISE – Harry Roque reveals President Rodrigo Duterte’s reaction after NTC ordered shutting down of ABS-CBN network.

As much as President Rodrigo Duterte wanted to grant the 25-year franchise renewal of ABS-CBN, he cannot do so because he doesn’t have the power. In a previous article, through Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque, the president relayed that whatever the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) would have to decide, they will follow.

ABS-CBN Franchise
Photo Source: Medium

What the president accordingly stands for is that if the Congress can pass a resolution indicating for NTC to give the network provisional authority to operate after expiration, why can’t they just pass a law that would give the biggest network in the country a franchise. Previously, several officials assured network that the Kapamilya network will have the provisional permit but it did not happen.

ABS-CBN network received a cease and desist order, instead, from the NTC. Last May 4, the Kapamilya network’s 25-year franchise expired. Also, the Department of Information and Communications Technology was not able to interfere with the NTC’s decision because they are “quasi-judicial body.” 

ABS-CBN Franchise
Photo lifted from Abante TNT

Roque has then added based on report from ABS-CBN, “Huwag po kayong mag-alala mga congressmen. Hindi po magagalit, hindi matutuwa ang Presidente kung kayo po’y ipasa ang ABS-CBN. Completely neutral po ang Presidente d’yan.”

Solicitor General Jose Calida, meanwhile, filed a quo warranto versus the network amid the franchise renewal delays. He was also the one who warned NTC about facing charges if they ever grant the network a provisional authority to operate.

ABS-CBN stopped airing last night, May 5 at around 7 in the evening and many hearts got broken and also went out for those people who lost their job in a snap.


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