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‘Wag nang magpaligoy-ligoy! IBP tells Congress: Decide on ABS-CBN’s franchise

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Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) President Domingo Egon Cayosa said there is no reason for the House of Representatives to sit on the issue concerning the renewal of ABS-CBN’s legislative franchise.

“If both houses of Congress can anyway have a timely consensus, it may be better for them to decide whether or not to pass a franchise law in accordance with the Constituion rather than a ‘stop-gap’ joint resolution authorizing NTC (National Telecommunications Commission) to administratively issue a provisional authority that theoretically can be questioned by interested parties in another quo warranto case before the courts,” he said in a statement Thursday (Feb. 27).

Last Feb. 26, the House of Representatives committee on legislative franchises directed the NTC to issue a provisional authority that would allow the media giant to operate while its franchise renewal is still pending.

On the other hand, Solicitor General Jose Calida has a pending quo warranto petition before the Supreme Court (SC) which was asked to nullify the legislative franchise of the media giant which allegedly committed violations.

“Where there are sound arguments from both sides, the SC can decide either way depending on the truth supported by evidence, law, jurisprudence, justice, and ‘judicial temperament’,” Cayosa noted.

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