THE National chair of the Federation of International Cable TV and Telecommunications Association of the Philippines (FICTAP) found no motive for issuing a cease and desist order by the National Telecommunication Commission (NTC) against ABS-CBN.
In an SMNI News interview with FICTAP President Neng Juliano-Tamano, she said the NTC only complied with the law.
“Law is law. Sumusunod lamang sa batas ang NTC. Dahil kung hindi nila susundin yung batas. Anong klaseng NTC ‘yan. Hindi sinusunod ang batas,” said Tamano.
Tamano added that the NTC should not be blamed on ABS-CBN’s fate instead the legislature should be questioned here.
According to her, under the constitution, a media entity cannot operate without or with an expired franchise.
Tamano, meanwhile, questioned the chamber’s move to contempt the NTC official for failing to comply with their request to give ABS-CBN a provisional authority.
“Bakit nila uutusan ang Executive. Hindi naman under ng legislative ang NTC. Kasi under Executive yan. Actually nakakahiya nga yung ginagawa ng Kongreso. Kasi para silang ginagawang secretary ng ABS-CBN. Ang ABS-CBN wala akong nalalaman na sumulat sila sa NTC habang nakabinbin ang yung kanilang prangkisa,” Tamano said.
Tamano, meanwhile, said that ABS-CBN began filing for Congress on their franchise renewal in 2014 but did not push through after they questioned some of the company’s additions to their franchise renewal application.
“One franchise, one channel – ‘yun ang ABS-CBN franchise. Ang kaso po, nu’ng nag-apply sila noong 2014…ang nangyari dinagdagan nila ng ‘s’ ‘yung ‘channel’ – ‘channels,’she explained.
She said that Congress did not act on ABS-CBN’s application for the renewal of its franchise because of the said problem.