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NTC seeks DOJ opinion on ABS-CBN franchise lapse

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By Jeffrey Damicog

The Department of Justice (DOJ) has been asked by the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) for a legal opinion whether to allow or not ABS-CBN to operate once the network’s legislative franchise has lapsed and Congress has yet to act on its renewal.

Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra on Thursday disclosed that the DOJ is already acting on the NTC’s request.

Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra (TOTO LOZANO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO /MANILA BULLETIN)

Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra (TOTO LOZANO / PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO / FILE PHOTO / MANILA BULLETIN)

“We got it last Tuesday afternoon and we hope to reply by next week,” the Secretary told reporters.

The media giant’s legislative franchise is set to expire on March 30 with around 11,000 jobs hanging on the line.

Despite this, Congress has yet to deliberate on the bills seeking the approval of the network’s franchise renewal.

“The main question is whether or not ABS-CBN may continue operating after the lapse of the franchise period, pending action by the congress on the franchise renewal bills,” Guevarra said.

Congress have yet to deliberate on the bills seeking the approval of the network’s franchise renewal.

The Senate committee on public services chaired by Sen. Grace Poe is set to start hearing this Monday on the ABS-CBN’s franchise.

The leadership of the House of Representatives has expressed refusal to hearing the pending bills concerning the franchise.

Solicitor General Jose Calida has filed before the Supreme Court (SC) a quo warranto petition seeking to revoke the franchises of ABS-CBN Corp. and ABS-CBN Covergence Inc. due to alleged violations that were committed.

READ MORE: ABS-CBN: We did not violate the law

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