- The government has taken an action against one of the country’s top network, the ABS-CBN Broadcasting Corporation
- Solicitor General Jose Calida has led his office in filing the quo warranto against the network
- He alleged that ABS-CBN runs a pay-per-view in ABS-CBN TV Plus and KBO Channel without a permit
- The ABS-CBN has released a statement and denied all the allegations against them
The Office of the Solicitor General has filed a quo warranto against the country’s leading network, ABS-CBN Broadcasting Corporation.
KAMI learned that ABS-CBN has released a statement following the filing of the petition.
In a report by the GMA News Online (authored by Nicole-Anne Lagrimas and Julia Mari Ornedo), Solicitor General Jose Calida said that the government has to end the “abusive practices” of the network.
“We want to put an end to what we discovered to be highly abusive practices of ABS-CBN benefitting a greedy few at the expense of millions of its loyal subscribers. These practices have gone unnoticed or were disregarded for years,” Calida said.
Calida claimed that ABS-CBN has been charging fees to its consumers by operating a pay-per-view channel in ABS-CBN TV Plus and KBO Channel “without” the approval by the National Telecommunications Commission.
However, in a statement released by the ABS-CBN, the network insisted that they complied with all the requirements and that they did not violate the law.
“We reiterate that everything we do is in accordance with the law. We did not violate the law. This case appears to be an attempt to deprive Filipinos of the services of ABS-CBN,” it read in their statement.
Earlier, about 8 bills have been pending before the House committee regarding the franchise renewal of ABS-CBN.
Through the recent years, President Rodrigo Duterte has been vocal that he would oppose the franchise renewal of ABS-CBN that is expected to expire in March.
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