The National Telecommunications Commision (NTC) has officially intstructed ABS-CBN to put a full stop from broadcasting on television and radio a day after the network’s franchise renewal lapsed.
ABS-CBN’s 25-year operating franchise expired yesterday, May 4.
And the company was mandated to follow the Cease-and-Desist Order (CDO) dated May 5 which stated that the network must discontinue its operations nationwide due to the “absence of valid Congressional Franchise required by law.”
“No person, firm, company, association, or corporation shall construct, install, establish, or operate a radio transmitting station, or radio receiving station used for commercial purposes, or a radio broadcasting station, without having first obtained a franchise therefore from the Congress of the Philippines,” NTC cited the Radio Control Law or the Republic Act No. 3846 in a statement released today.
The agency grants ABS-CBN 10 days from receipt of order “to respond as to why the frequencies assigned to the network should not be recalled.”
Without the valid franchise, “The NTC Regional Offices shall implement the closure order in their respective areas of jurisdiction.”
“After receipt of ABS-CBN’s response, the NTC shall schedule the case for hearing at the earliest time after the Enhanced Community Quarantine is lifted by the Government,” NTC said in the same statement.
NTC is responsible for the supervision, adjudication and control over all telecommunications services throughout the country.
At press time, the #NoToABSCBNShutdown is the No. 1 trending topic on Twitter with already 53K tweets.
Stars, workers, supporters and sympathizers of the Kapamilya network are also now flooding yhe internet with their heartfelt messages of support.