- The Palace expressed gratitude to ABS-CBN after the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) ordered the network to to “cease and desist” from broadcasting on television and radio
- Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said on May 5 that they thank the network for its service to the public especially in the time of the present pandemic
- He also said that President Rodrigo Duterte has earlier accepted the apology of ABS-CBN President and CEO Carlo Katigbak over a dispute on a paid political advertisement
- However, the President left the giant media conglomerate’s fate to the House of Representatives
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Malacañang expressed gratitude to media giant ABS-CBN after the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) ordered the network to cease its broadcast operations.
In his statement on Tuesday, May 5, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque thanked ABS-CBN for its service especially in the time of the present pandemic.
“We thank the network for its services to the Filipino nation and people especially in this time of COVID-19. But in the absence of a legislative franchise, as we have earlier said, ABS-CBN’s continued operation is entirely with the NTC’s decision,” Roque said.
According to Manila Bulletin, The NTC has issued a cease-and-desist order against the network after its 25-year legislative franchise expired last May 4.
ABS-CBN was forced to shutdown on Tuesday night which led to the giant media conglomerate wrap up its programming with a message, “This is ABS-CBN Corporation Channel 2. In the service of the Filipino. Now signing off.”
In a report by The Manila Times, President Rodrigo Duterte has earlier accepted the apology of ABS-CBN President and CEO Carlo Katigbak over a dispute on a paid political advertisement but left its fate to Congress.
“President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, as a matter of record, accepted the apology of the network and left its fate to both houses of Congress,” said Roque.
The spokesman reiterated that “broadcast franchises are within the authority of Congress.”
“It has discretion on what to do with the legislative franchise of ABS-CBN and other broadcasting companies similarly situated,” he added.
In a previous report by KAMI, ABS-CBN officially signed off after 65 years of service.
ABS-CBN is one of the most popular media and entertainment groups in the country. “It’s Showtime” and “TV Patrol” are among its most-watched programs.
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