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Expired na nga prangkisa! Tito Sotto: NTC just did its job with ABS-CBN shutdown order

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Senate President Vicente “Tito” Sotto III believes the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) only did its job when it ordered ABS-CBN to shut down for having an expired franchise.

In a virtual press conference with reporters Wednesday (May 6), Sotto said there was nothing wrong with NTC’s issuance of a cease and desist order against the network.

“As far as NTC is concerned, they’re just doing their job. I’m saddened but I am not in the position to say maling mali,” he said.

Sotto said that while the Senate approved a resolution last March authorizing NTC to grant a provisional authority to ABS-CBN, the document wasn’t legally binding on the commission.

The provisional authority would’ve allowed ABS-CBN to remain on air after its franchise expired on May 4.

“NTC was merely following the procedure of the law. We approved a resolution pero resolution lang ‘yun. It’s merely expressing the sense of the Senate so mahina,” Sotto said.

The Senate President said he sees no reason for NTC officials to be summoned to the Senate to explain why they ordered NTC to shut down.

“Ang isasagot sa amin, ‘expired eh.’ ‘Pag ‘di sila kumilos, sila ang babalikan ng neglect of duty,” he said.

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