NTC filed this petition to Supreme Court on the issue of ABS-CBN franchise
The National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) asks the Supreme Court to junk the petition of ABS-CBN “for lack of merit”.
On May 5, the commission issued the cease and desist order against the TV giant in the Philippines. That was following the warning from the Solicitor General Jose Calida regarding the provisional authority that it granted to the network.
In a recent report, the SolGen sent a two-page letter to Rep. Franz Alvarez, the chairman of the House Legislative Committee, stating that he will not appear before the House for the plenary hearing on ABS-CBN franchise. Calida cited the existing principle of sub judice.
In line with the issue on the network’s franchise, on Tuesday, May 26, this document from the NTC surfaced. Through the office of the Solicitor General, it asked the Supreme Court to junk the petition of ABS-CBN “for lack of merit”.
The commission also asked the SC to deny the plea for a status quo or the temporary restraining order that ABS-CBN filed. Aside from these, it pleads the highest court in the Philippines to drop the Senate and the House of Representatives as parties to the case.
Here is a copy of the document from the NTC, from CNN Philippines.
Meanwhile, ABS-CBN has conducted an online petition asking the House to grant the network a new franchise. House Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano filed a bill granting the TV giant its provisional franchise until Oct. 31. However, it was junked and the House decided to conduct the hearing for the 25-year franchise of ABS-CBN.
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