Marcoleta takes swipe at ‘voluntary’ ABS-CBN shutdown: No one forced them to go off the air
House Deputy Speaker Rodante Marcoleta has poked fun at embattled broadcast giant ABS-CBN over its decision to voluntarily go off-air following the cease and desist order issued by the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) after its congressional franchise lapsed last May 5.
Marcoleta, representative of 1-SAGIP Party-list, said no one forced the Kapamilya network to turn off their transmitters since the NTC has not yet enforced the closure order during the time they went off-air, evening of May 5.
“Meron pong nagsabi kanina sa kanila na puwersahan ang pagsasara sa ABS-CBN. Hindi po. Sa record po, boluntaryo po sila na nagpinid ng kanilang istasyon… boluntaryo po silang nagsara,” said Marcoleta.
“Wala pong nag-puwersa sa kanila. Kung lalaban talaga sila sa korte, hindi sana sila nagsara,” he added.
Marcoleta stressed that top honchos of the Lopez-owned media conglomerate could actually shrug off NTC’s closure order and could have challenged it immediately before the Court of Appeals or the Supreme Court while continuing their broadcast amidst pending franchise application
“Kahit po kayo naka-receive ng cease and desist order, wala naman pong halimbawa na court order na kinuha… dapat nilaban nila,” he said.