Retired Judge Ipinaliwanag kung Sino ang Dapat Sisihin sa Pagsasara ng ABS-CBN

NTC and ABS-CBN's logo | Judge Lubao Facebook post | CTTO
Kamakailan ay muling naglabas ng saloobin ang kilalang retired judge ng Mindanao na si Mr. Antonio Lubao, at nagbigay ng isang matapang na opinyon tungkol sa naganap na pagsasara ng ABS-CBN dahil sa diumano ay pagtatapos ng prangkisa nito.

Sa isang Facebook post, ipinaliwanag ni Judge Lubao sa sariling ligal na pagkakaintindi ang dahilan ng pagkawala sa ere ng higanteng istasyon at kung sino nga ba ang may kasalanan at dapat sisihin sa pangyayari.



ABS-CBN sign-off message | Photo credit to the owner
Ayon sa kanya, hindi kasalanan ng Philippines' National Telecommunications Commission (NTC), o Kongreso, ang naganap na pagsasara ng network. Para kay Judge Lubao, walang ibang may kasalanan dito kundi ang kumpanya ng ABS-CBN mismo, sapagkat sila ang nabigong mag-apply ng pag-papalawig ng kanilang prangkisa.

ABS-CBN Corp. | Photo credit to the owner

Basahin ang kanyang buong pahayag sa ibaba:



"SOMEBODY ASKED ME IF IT IS NTC'S OR CONGRESS' FAULT FOR THE CLOSURE OF THE RADIO-TV BROADCASTING BUSINESS OF ABS-CBN. THIS IS MY ANSWER TO THAT QUESTION:

"IT NOT NTC'S FAULT. NTC IS THE GOVERNING AGENCY OF THE GOVERNMENT THAT MONITORS COMPLIANCE OF FRANCHISEE OF THE TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF THEIR FRANCHISE. THEY ALSO MONITORS BROADCASTING ACTIVITIES OF ANY PERSON OR ENTITY WITHOUT A FRANCHISE AND CLOSES THE ILLEGAL BROADCASTING OF THE SAID PERSON OR ENTITY. WHEN THE FRANCHISE OF ABS-CBN EXPIRED LAST MAY 4, IT LOSES THE PRIVILEDGE GRANTED TO IT BY THE GOVERNMENT TO DO BUSINESS AS A RADIO TV BROADCASTING COMPANY. THUS, ON MAY 5, 2020, NTC ISSUED A CDO FOR ABS-CBN TO STOP ITS RADIO TV BROADCASTING BUSINESS BECAUSE IT HAS NO MORE FRANCHISE TO PROCEED WITH ITS RADIO-TV BROADCASTING BUSINESS.

IT IS NOT ALSO THE FAULT OF CONGRESS BECAUSE SAID AUGUST BODY HAS MORE IMPORTANT AND PRESSING THINGS TO DO.



AT THE MOST, IT IS THE FAULT OF ABS-CBN. IT FILED ITS APPLICATION FOR RENEWAL/EXTENTION OF ITS FRANCHISE WAY BACK IN 2014. FROM 2014 TO THE FIRST HALF OF 2016, IT FAILED TO PROSECUTE ITS APPLICATION AT A TIME THAT THE THEN ADMINISTRATION AND MEMBERS OF CONGRESS WERE STILL VERY FRIENDLY TO IT. ABS-CBN COULD HAVE LOBBIED FOR THE APPROVAL OF ITS APPLICATION. BUT IT SEEMS THAT IT DID NOT DO IT DESPITE THE FACT THAT THEY WERE THEN IN A POSITION TO COERCE A NUMBER OF LAWMAKERS TO ACT FAVORABLY ON THEIR APPLICATION BECAUSE THAT WAS THE TIME WHEN THE MOST ANNOMALOUS RAIDING OF THE PEOPLES MONEY IN OUR HISTORY HAPPENED, THE PDAP ISSUE INVOLVING SO MANY CONGRESSMEN, SENATORS AND NAPOLES.

THERE IS ALSO NO RECORD THAT ABS-CBN ASKED THE PRESENT CONGRESS TO PROVISIONALLY EXTEND ITS FRANCHISE PENDING CONGRESS' FINAL ACTION ON ITS APPLICATION. IF THE MATTER WERE A CIVIL CASE PENDING IN COURT AND ABS-CBN HAPPENED TO BE THE PLAINTIFF, THE COMPLAINT OF ABS-CBN COULD HAVE BEEN DISMISSED BY THE COURT ON THE GROUND OF FAILURE TO PROSECUTE ITS CASE BEYOND A REASONABLE TIME.


Source: Antonio Lubao

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