MANILA — ABS-CBN has on Thursday (07 May 2020)7 filed a petition for an injunction with the Supreme Court to stop the soonest possible time the implementation of the National Telecommunications (NTC)’s cease and desist order on the operations of the media giant on Tuesday, 05 May 2020.
It marked the first time the channel went off the air since Martial Law.
Through a petition for certiorari and prohibition, the network asked the SC for a writ of preliminary injunction and a Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) against the NTC cease and desist order.
Should the SC grant ABS-CBN’s petition, it would immediately stop the implementation of NTC’s cease and desist order and would automatically allow the network ABS-CBN to go back on air again.
Pundits aver that in legal processes, a court may issue a TRO while it resolves the main petition which is to void the NTC shutdown order entirely.
“It seeks to nullify and set aside the May 5, 2020, Order of the NTC, insofar as it ordered ABS-CBN to immediately cease and desist from operating radio and television stations,” a certain paragraph in ABS-CBN’s petition said.
The ABS-CBN network has also invoked equal protection as it argued “the NTC accordingly broke its own precedent of allowing broadcasters with expired franchises to operate in the interim while the renewal is being processed by Congress.”
At least 11 franchise renewal bills had been filed by different lawmakers on behalf of ABS-CBN but Congress failed to act on them up until the occurrence of the COVID-19 pandemic. (ia/SovereignPH.com)