By the SovereignPH.com Staff
MANILA – The High Tribunal has on Tuesday dismissed a petition seeking to stop the issuance of a provisional franchise for ABS-CBN although it has already been withdrawn.
In the en banc deliberations, Justice Marvic Leonen, recommended the dismissal of lawyer Larry Gadon’s petition as it accordingly failed to comply with the requisites of judicial review.
According to insiders, the SC did not only want to dismiss the petition merely on the basis of its mootness rather, because of its non-compliance with the rules. It did not even ask the respondents to the case to comment sources said.
It was learned that that Leonen did not want Gadon’s petition consolidated with that of ABS-CBN, which recently sought a temporary restraining order against the cease and desist order issued by the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) that resulted in the closure of the TV network.
Senior Associate Justice Estela Perlas-Bernabe is the one in charge of the ABS-CBN case.
Gadon has long withdrawn his petition that was filed on March 5 against the NTC, Speaker Allan Peter Cayetano and Congressman Franz Alvarez saying it “was now moot since the act sought to be prevented no longer exist.”
The SC has denied ABS-CBN’s TRO motion against NTC’s CDO. (ia/SovereignPH.com)