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Supreme Court will not yet grant a TRO on cease and desist order against ABS-CBN

Five days were given to the NTC to reply to the petition that is to be filed by the Senate and the House.

The National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) has been ordered by the Supreme Court (SC) to respond to ABS-CBN’s petition that challenges the cease and desist order of the agency.

Court spokesman Brian Keith Hosaka said on Tuesday that the NTC, the House of Representatives, and the Senate were given 10 days to comment on the petition.

The NTC was the only respondent declared by the media giant but Hosaka said that the justices also want the Congress to be involved.

Five days were given to the NTC to reply to the petition that is to be filed by the Senate and the House.

One legal expert said its a ‘big deal’ that the Congress was invited because the court desires to know the legislature’s interpretation of the extent of its powers when a franchise has not been renewed.

Hosaka added that Atty. Larry Gadon’s motion asking for the NTC to be prevented from granting ABS-CBN a provisional franchise was unanimously denied.

Earlier, Hosaka has stated that the SC would discuss the NTC’s order against the network.

However, ABS-CBN reporter Mike Navallo revealed that at the time, no one had even read the petition when Hosaka’s statement came out.


ABS-CBN’s supporters were hoping that good things will happen after looking at Navallo’s tweets. The media giant is currently losing P30 to P35 million a day due to the shutdown.

Written by JO-EST B. TAN

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