NTC wants ABS-CBN to stop airing shows on TV Plus ASAP

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ABS CBN might lose another platform to air its shows as the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) is set to issue an alias cease and desist order against the company it is using as an alternative broadcasting channel.

According to a report by Politiko, NTC Commissioner Gamaliel Cordoba on Monday said a cease and desist order will be issued on the same day against the Amcara Broadcasting Network, which owns Channel 43.

Earlier, Cordoba confirmed that ABS CBN is airing its shows via Channel 43 after its franchise expired on May 5.

Cordoba said using the said Channel 43 is also illegal as it is covered by the cease and desist order issued by NTC against the Kapamilya network.

“Doon po sa listahan ng aming cease and desist order, sa ikalawang pahina, nakalagay po sa TV stations, 87-006 Channel 2. Noong binigyan po ng digital TV si ABS-CBN channel 2, ang kanila pong simulcast ay channel 43,” Cordoba said.

Cordoba noted that he has received guidance from the Office of the Solicitor General that the NTC is authorized to issue an alias cease and desist order against the continued broadcast of ABS-CBN programs through the digibox.

“Ito ngayon ay inaaral na ng aming legal department. At kung sakaling okay naman ang kanilang pag-aaral ay we will issue 'yung aming alias cease and desist order (Our legal department is currently studying this. And if the study turns out okay, we will issue the alias cease and desist order),” he said.

ABS-CBN President and chief executive officer (CEO) Carlo Katigbak, for his part, explained that in the past, the NTC has permitted other broadcast companies -- whose franchises have expired but their application for renewal is pending in Congress -- to continue their operations until such time that the franchise application is either approved or denied.

“We would like permission to ask the same privilege be extended sana (hopefully) to ABS-CBN in the spirit of fairness,” Katigbak said.

He explained that the ABS-CBN is using the franchise of Amcara Broadcasting Network for its Channel 43 operations through a block time arrangement.

Meanwhile, Anakalusugan party-list Rep. Mike Defensor said NTC’s move allowing the continued operation of TV Plus is a usurpation and infringement on the powers of Congress to grant or deny broadcast franchises.

“Malinaw sa akin, it is a violation of the powers of Congress. It is a violation of our constitutional mandate na tayo lang ang magbibigay ng prangkisa (that we are the only ones [with the power] to grant franchises),” He said


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