By Jeffrey Damicog
Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) President Domingo Egon Cayosa on Thursday (Feb. 27) urged Congress to no longer delay its decision whether to grant or not the renewal of ABS-CBN’s legislative franchise.
Cayosa made the call after House committee on legislative franchises chair and Palawan Rep. Franz Alvarez on Wednesday (Feb. 26) wrote to the NTC asking it to issue a provisional authority to the broadcast company and its subsidiaries so they can continue operating beyond May 4, the expiration of the network’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 Constitution, rather than a ‘stop-gap’ joint resolution authorizing NTC to administratively issue a provisional authority that theoretically can be questioned by interested parties in another quo warranto case before the courts,” Cayosa said in a statement.
Solicitor General Jose Calida filed before the Supreme Court (SC) a quo warranto petition which sought the revocation of the legislative franchise of ABS-CBN due alleged violations committed by the network.
On the other hand, Cayosa called on everyone expressing opinions over the franchise issue to exercise “sobriety and mutual respect.”
“We trust and we pray that the proper authorities do their sworn duties well and in a timely manner, ever mindful that their power comes from law, public trust, and for the public interest,” he stated.