‘Moro-moro lang?’ Amcara is a ‘dummy’ of ABS-CBN — Remulla
Cavite Rep. Crispin Remulla alleged on Thursday that Amcara Broadcasting Network, with which ABS-CBN has a block-time arrangement on Channel 43 via digital broadcast, is a mere “dummy” of the media giant.
“Malinaw ‘ho that a dummy relationship between ABS-CBN and Amcara is existing,” the vice chair of the House good government committee commented during the 10th hearing on ABS-CBN’s franchise application.
“We have elicited the fact na ito pong Amcara ay moro-moro lang po,” Remulla said.
Amcara owns the frequency of Channel 43, which ABS-CBN used to broadcast its shows on TV Plus set-top boxes.
ABS-CBN president and CEO Carlo Katigbak earlier said this was a block-time arrangement with Amcara.
He also clarified that ABS-CBN does not own Amcara. “Amcara is not owned by ABS-CBN. We don’t have any ownership in Amcara today. The reason… is we have a block-time arrangement with Amcara,” Katigbak said.
The network’s lawyers also said ABS-CBN used to have a 49-percent stake in the company until it divested all its holdings in January 2019.
The National Telecommunications Commission ordered ABS-CBN to cease its broadcast on digital TV, since that was also supposedly covered by its 25-year franchise which expired last May 4.
Remulla said there appeared to be an element of “fraud” in the arrangement between ABS-CBN and Amcara.
But ABS-CBN and Amcara executives maintained that their transactions were all legal.