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Minamadali! SC to tackle Calida’s petition to gag ABS-CBN in Feb. 26 en banc session

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By Nancy Carvajal

The Supreme Court is set to tackle in its en banc session Wednesday (February 26) Solicitor General Jose Calida’s petition to gage ABS-CBN over a pending case involving its franchise.

A Supreme Court insider said Calida’s petition for the issuance of a gag order was included in the tribunal’s agenda due to its urgency.

Calida asked the Supreme Court to gag ABS-CBN on the quo warranto case he filed before the Supreme Court, which seeks to nullify the network’s franchise.

“We want a gag order to be issued in this case so that facts can be decided upon evidence produced in court, and that the determination of such facts should be uninfluenced by bias, prejudice, or sympathies,” the Solicitor General said in the very urgent motion he filed before the Supreme Court on February 18.

ABS-CBN has asked the Supreme Court to dismiss the quo warranto case on jurisdictional and procedural grounds.

In a 58-page comment, the country’s largest television network said only the Congress has the authority to approve or deny applications for a new franchise.

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