- Alan Peter Cayetano got slammed by some people for the controversial shutdown of ABS-CBN
- The house speaker responded that the NTC should be blamed for what happened to the Kapamilya network
- According to Cayetano, the said commission did not keep its assurance to the public that the network can continue airing while the ABS-CBN franchise renewal request is still pending
- He added that the NTC got pressured by Solicitor General Jose Calida to shut down the network
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House Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano was blamed by some politicians and netizens for the controversial shutdown of ABS-CBN.
The shutdown occurred after the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) ordered ABS-CBN to “cease and desist” from broadcasting on television and radio, just a day after its 25-year operating franchise expired.
KAMI learned that Cayetano finally released a statement regarding the issue. The house speaker commented that the NTC should be blamed for what happened to the Kapamilya network.
He explained that the said commission did not keep its assurance to the public that the network can continue airing while the ABS-CBN franchise renewal request is still pending.
Cayetano added that the NTC got pressured by Solicitor General Jose Calida to shut down the network.
“Despite their assurance given under oath. Despite the legal opinion of the Department of Justice. Despite a resolution from the Senate, and several verbal and written assurances given to Congress — the NTC appears to have succumbed to pressure from the Solicitor General, and issued a cease and desist order to ABS-CBN.
“As for the sudden flip-flopping of the NTC and the unconstitutional meddling by the Solicitor General in the business of Congress, I promise you – there will be a reckoning,” the house speaker posted on Facebook.
KAMI reported earlier that Senator Tito Sotto commented that President Duterte should not be blamed for the ABS-CBN closure.
Alan Peter Cayetano is a Filipino politician, currently serving as Speaker of the House of Representatives of the Philippines. He is also known as one of the most vocal supporters of President Rodrigo Duterte.
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