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Nakadapa na Kapamilya! Kiko Pangilinan hopes SC steps in after NTC stops TVPlus, Sky Cable satellite broadcasts

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Senator Francis Pangilinan hopes the Supreme Court will halt what he described as “madness” affecting ABS-CBN after the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) ordered two of its broadcast platforms to be shut down.

In a statement Wednesday (July 1), Pangilinan slammed the government for going after ABS-CBN while its response to the COVID-19 pandemic leaves much to be desired.

“We hope the Supreme Court puts on the brakes on this madness. Libu-libong mga empleyado ng stasyon ang mawawalan ng trabaho at milyon-milyon naman na manunuod ang mawawalan ng access sa impormasyon sa kahibangan na ito,” he said.

Pangilinan said the administration will continue to get away with its supposed abuses unless the courts and public step in.

NTC ordered ABS-CBN to stop its digital broadcast in Metro Manila using Channel 43 (644-650 mhz), which would affect programs shown on its TVPlus digital box. The affected channels include Cine MO!, Yey!, TeleRadyo, as well as the pay-per-view channel KBO.

The regulatory body also ordered ABS-CBN’s cable company, Sky Cable Corp., to stop operating its direct broadcast satellite (DBS) service since the company’s franchise already expired. The order will affect subscribers with the Sky Direct digital boxes.

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