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National Telecommunications Commission orders ABS-CBN shutdown

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May. 05, 20 | 1:40 pm

The Philippines’ National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) has formally issued a cease and desist order against media giant ABS-CBN after its 25-year franchise to operate granted by Republic Act 7966 expired as of yesterday, May 4, 2020.

NTC released a statement directing ABS-CBN to stop its TV and radio operations as it doesn’t have a valid Congressional Franchise which is required by law.

“No person, firm, company, assocation, or corporation shall construct, install, establish, or operate a radio transmitting station, or a radio receiving station used for commercial purposes, or a radio broadcasting station, without having first obtained a franchise therefor from the Congress of the Philippines,” as per the Radio Control Law act no 3846.

The release also sought the closure of ABS-CBN’s regional stations under the jurisdiction of NTC Regional Offices.

Senators Grace Poe slammed the move stating that this will affect the livelihood of those employed under the media giant.

“Many will lose that benefit of having support while there is no work. Ngayon pa sila magpapasara kung kailan maraming walang trabaho? At least ito naaalagaan, hindi kailangan sa gobyerno umasa,” said Poe.

Senator Joel Villanueva said that the move was ‘heartless’ as the station provides for many households amid the pandemic.

“To issue this in times of COVID-19 when people need jobs to survive the pandemic is just heartless considering congressional hearings have shown that the station has not violated any law to justify none extension of the franchise,” said Villanueva.

Senator Bong Go, said that he will only decide on the matter if it has already reached the senate and stressed that the House of Representatives should make haste on their decisions.

“There is a bill seeking to renew the franchise of the media corporation now pending before the Lower House. Now that session has already resumed, I am urging the House of Representatives to act on this matter with due haste,” said Senator Go.

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Observatory experts say Shawwal crescent moon might not show today

Observatory experts say Shawwal crescent moon might not show today

Saudi Arabia astronomers have confirmed that the Shawwal crescent moon will not show on May 22 (Ramadan 29), Saudi Gazette reported. Experts at the observatory of Majmaah University in Saudi said that the moon will set before the sun today and will not be...

Pakistan plane crashes with 107 on board

Pakistan plane crashes with 107 on board

An aircraft from Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) carrying 99 passengers and eight crew members crashed at a residential area in Karachi on Friday, May 22. Pakistan immediately mobilized paramilitary troops and civil administration authorities to aid and rescue...

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