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Lawmakers, SolGen Jose Calida blame Cong. Alan Peter Cayetano for ABS-CBN shutdown

Lito Atienza, Edcel Lagman, and Jose Calida point fingers at Congress for ABS-CBN shutdown.

  • Atienza accused Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano of not doing his job and being slow regarding the matter.
  • Lagman, on the other hand, suggested that the Congress should just go ahead and renew the franchise.

Several congressmen have pointed their fingers to Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano and the House leadership for the closure of ABS-CBN Corporation.

Among them is Buhay representative Lito Atienza and Albay 1st District representative Edcel Lagman.

The two are among the authors of the bills renewing the network’s franchise.

They said that the National Telecommunications Commission should not be used as a scapegoat for something that Congress failed to do.

“I would like to apologize for the failure of Congress to do its job. Kasalanan namin ito eh. Kasalanan ng Kongreso ito. But more important, I’d like to say, squarely, kasalanan ni Speaker Cayetano ito. Pagkukulang niya ito sa bayan,” Atienza said in an interview with ANC’s Headstart.

He further called out the House for being slow regarding the media giant’s franchise renewal which was first filed as early as September 2014.

“[Cayetano] will have a lot to explain one day. It may not be today, but later on, this issue will hound him because he was the one who did not do his job. Even the President kept on reminding him to do your job, magtrabaho kayo, aksyunan ‘nyo ‘yan. What did we do? Nothing.”

Lagman then insisted that the House should just go ahead and renew the franchise.

“The National Telecommunication Commission must not be used as the scapegoat for the patent failure of the leadership of the House of Representatives to resolutely push for the seasonable renewal of ABS-CBN’s franchise.

“I have repeatedly warned that Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano’s proffered solution for NTC to grant ABS-CBN a provisional authority to operate, despite the lapse of its franchise, is against the law and jurisprudence,” he said.

Solicitor General Jose Calida also blamed Congress for the non-renewal of ABS-CBN.

The network remains off-air as of this writing.

Written by J M




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