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:
READ: The NTC directs ABS-CBN to "stop operating its various TV and radio broadcasting stations nationwide;" asks the media company to explain within 10 days why the frequencies assigned to it should not be recalled. | via @mikenavallo pic.twitter.com/0b43o5n455
— ABS-CBN News (@ABSCBNNews) May 5, 2020
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:
What do you think about this? Let us know!
Do you have a story for the WhenInManila.com Team? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or send us a direct message at WhenInManila.com Facebook Page. Interact with the team and join the WhenInManila.com Community at WIM Squad!