Wed. Jan 19th, 2022

MANILA — Now it’s time for the National Telecommunications Commission to explain.

It’s no other than the House of Representatives Committee on Legislative Franchises that has issued on Monday an order for the NTC to explain why it should not be held in contempt after shutting down the operations of media giant ABS-CBN.

It may be recalled that on Tuesday, 05 May 2020, last week the NTC issued a cease and desist order (CDO) to ABS-CBN’s operations after its congressional franchise expired a day before.

Along with the CDO was an order for the giant network to “explain within 10 days upon receipt to respond as to why the frequencies assigned to it should not be recalled,” the NTC said.

Signed by committee chairman Franz Alvarez, the order for NTC to explain was served electronically through e-mail on Monday and was immediately acknowledged by the office of the NTC Commissioner.

Alvarez’s order noted that the NTC reneged on its assurance during the March 10 committee hearing in which the commission accordingly stated to allow continuous operations of the network until the House decides on the franchise renewal bills.

“The act of the NTC constitutes undue interference on and disobedience to the exercise of power of the House of Representatives, and therefore, an affront to its dignity and an inexcusable disrespect of its authority,” the order read.

Alvarez added that the House gave NTC 72 hours to comply with the order and failure of which may result to contempt and other actions within its powers. (ia/

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