Supreme Court orders NTC to comment on ABS-CBN petition to go back on air

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, May 19) — The Supreme Court on Tuesday gave the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) 10 days to comment on the ABS-CBN petition to nullify the commission's order to stop the giant network's broadcast operations. SC spokesperson said Brian Hosaka said the Senate and House of Representatives were also directed to comment on ABS-CBN's petition within 10 days.

The high court also gave ABS-CBN five days to reply to NTC's comment. 

The Supreme Court did not directly respond to ABS-CBN's urgent appeal to issue a temporary restraining order on NTC's cease and desist order, which forced the network off air after its legislative franchise expired.

The media giant, in its petition, cited income losses ranging from ₱30 million to ₱35 million every day that it is off air and the possible loss of jobs for some 11,000 workers.

ABS-CBN was forced to shut down on May 5 in compliance with a cease and desist order from the NTC to stop broadcast operations due to the expiry of its franchise on May 4.

NTC later explained it was legally bound to order ABS-CBN’s shutdown because only Congress has the power to issue a franchise.