MANILA, Philippines — The plot thickens.
Contrary to insinuations of some quarters that the Supreme Court (SC) would eventually junk the petition filed by Solicitor General Jose Calida against ABS-CBN and its sister company ABS-CBN Convergence, the Supreme Court gave the network giant 10 days to comment on the quo warranto petition filed last Monday by the SG.
“Acting on the quo warranto petition filed by Solicitor General Calida in behalf of the Republic against respondents ABS-CBN Corp. and ABS-CBN Convergence Inc., the Supreme Court in today’s en banc session required the respondents to file their comment to the said petition for quo warranto within a non-extendible period of 10 days from receipt of notice,” SC spokesman Brian Keith Hosaka told the media covering the justice beat.
It was learned that the TV giant should also include on its comment on Calida’s plea for the high court to issue a temporary restraining order (TRO) and writ of preliminary injunction.
“The action of the court right now is to require the respondents to comment on the petition for quo warranto which includes a prayer for issuance of a TRO and writ of preliminary injunction,” Hosaka added.
However, the magistrates bypassed “the Very Urgent Omnibus Motion” of the SG asking the SC to only give respondent ABS-CBN but five (5) days to give their comments and to set oral arguments in order to hear the parties on the merits of the petition.
Orginally, the SolGen even suggested that the oral arguments be scheduled at 2 p.m. of March 3.
“There was no order setting the case for oral arguments” the spokesman said
Meantime, Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra for his part said Congress need not wait for the SC decision before it tackles the network’s application for a renewal of franchise. (IAMIGO/sovereignph.com)