- ABS-CBN Corp. already made a move to counter the “cease and desist” order against it
- It filed a petition to the Supreme Court to ask for a restraining order versus the National Telecommunications Commission
- The network cited many points to defend why its broadcast operations need to continue
- There is also a statement that reiterated the words of the commissioner of NTC about granting ABS-CBN a provisional authority
ABS-CBN Corp. on Thursday filed a petition to the Supreme Court to issue a temporary restraining order against the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC).
KAMI learned that the said move was fueled by the “cease and desist” order that was issued versus the giant network on May 5 afternoon.
Inside the 46-page petition were requests to set aside the much-talked-about mandate of the NTC and to “declare a permanent injunction against its implementation.”
ABS-CBN claimed that the government agency “gravely abused” its freedom to decide when it suddenly issued a closure order instead of giving a provisional authority.
It also cited the fact that NTC Commissioner Gamaliel Cordoba previously said under oath that the agency will allow the network to continue its broadcast operations.
The media giant further pointed out that in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, wide dissemination of valuable information to the public is necessary.
“The public needs the services of ABS-CBN now more than ever, as the country grapples with the effects of COVID-19,” the network said in the petition.
“In this time of public health emergency, ABS-CBN plays a significant role in providing continued employment to thousands of employees and delivering valuable information and entertainment to millions of Filipinos locked down in their homes,” it added.
In a previous article by KAMI, the other details about the “cease and desist” order issued against the Kapamilya network were reported here.
ABS-CBN is one of the biggest and most popular media networks in the Philippines. It has produced many of the finest talents in the country such as Angel Locsin and Kathryn Bernardo.
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