NTC orders ABS-CBN to shut down its TV and radio broadcast operations

Earlier today, May 5th, 2020, the National Telecommunications Commission issued a cease and desist order against ABS-CBN. According to their statement, the order was issued due to the expiration of its congressional franchise.

“Upon the expiration of RA 7966, ABS-CBN no longer has a valid and subsisting congressional franchise as required by Act No. 3846,” the statement to ABS-CBN reads.

Read the full statement below:

In response, ABS-CBN released its own statement. “Millions of Filipinos will lose their source of news and entertainment when ABS-CBN is ordered to go off-air tonight (5 May 2020) when people need crucial and timely information as the nation deals with the COVID-19 pandemic,” the statement reads.

“In an interview with DZMM last week, House Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano even gave an assurance that there is no move to shut down the network.”

Read the full statement below on their Facebook page:

#NoToABSCBNShutdown

Posted by ANCX on Tuesday, May 5, 2020

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