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‘Kasalanan ni Kobe?’ Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano passes the blame to NTC, SolGen

Alan Peter Cayetano finally broke his silence regarding the sudden shutdown of ABS-CBN Corporation.

  • He passed the blame to NTC and Calida after several lawmakers called him out for being slow regarding the network’s application for franchise renewal. 

Four days after media giant ABS-CBN Corporation went off-air, House speaker Alan Peter Cayetano deflected the blame about the ongoing renewal process to the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) and Solicitor General Jose Calida.

Cayetano decided to stay mum in the first three days of the shutdown after the NTC issued a cease and desist order.

On May 8, he finally broke his silence and said that there will be “reckoning” for the “flip-flopping of the NTC and the unconstitutional meddling by the solicitor general in the business of the Congress.”

Cayetano stressed that the “exclusive Constitutional authority to grant, deny, extend, revoke or modify broadcast franchises” remains to the Congress. And the Congress will do its job, he added.

“Last Tuesday we were all ambushed by the NTC. 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,” he wrote on his Facebook page.

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In February, the house speaker vowed that ABS-CBN will not go off-air even if its franchise may encounter issues. He also promised to be fair in deciding the fate of the network.

Netizens reacted to Cayetano’s statement:

https://twitter.com/saganasatulog/status/1258795657386582016

The network ran to the Supreme Court on Thursday to stop the implementation of NTC’s cease and desist order.

Written by J M

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