SC dismisses Calida's petition vs ABS-CBN Corp. for being moot
President Rodrigo Duterte talks with Solicitor General General Jose Calida during a post-Cabinet meeting in Malacañan’s State Dining Room on August 22, 2016.
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SC dismisses Calida's petition vs ABS-CBN Corp. for being moot
Kristine Joy Patag (Philstar.com) - June 23, 2020 - 2:55pm

MANILA, Philippines — The Supreme Court on Tuesday junked Solicitor General Jose Calida’s quo warranto petition against ABS-CBN Corp.’s now-expired legislative franchise for being moot.

In an en banc session, SC justices moved to dismiss Calida’s petition he filed in February to ask the tribunal to revoke the media giant’s franchise due to alleged violations of its legislative franchise, “on ground of mootness,” SC spokesperson Brian Hosaka confirmed.

ABS-CBN’s franchise however expired on May 4, while Calida’s plea remained pending before the SC.

READ: Point by point: ABS-CBN answers Solgen Calida's quo warranto petition

Hosaka, however, said that Calida’s quo warranto petition against ABS-CBN Convergence, a subsidiary of the network giant, remains. The company however issued a disclosure at the Philippine Stock Exchange saying that Convergence’s legislative franchise expired on March 17.

ABS-CBN's petition for certiorari unaffected

The broadcast company has since shut its operations in compliance with the National Telecommunications Commission’s cease and desist order following the franchise expiry.

It was later revealed, in an ABS-CBN exclusive report, that Calida wrote to NTC to “advise” it that a “provisional authority cannot be issued in the absence of a law.”

ABS-CBN ran to the high court to ask for a temporary restraining order against the implementation of NTC’s order, which would supposedly allow the network to resume on air operations.

The embattled media giant also said asked the SC to issue a permanent injunction against the assailed CDO.

The action on Calida’s quo warranto does not affect ABS-CBN’s separate petition, which is due to be tackled again by the justices on July 13.

By then, ABS-CBN would have been shut for more than two months. The network earlier said they might be forced to let go of some of their employees in August if they would not be allowed to resume operations immediately.

Deliberations on several of ABS-CBN’s franchise bills meanwhile continue at the House of Representatives, even while Congress is on break. At least three hearings, however, were spent on discussing the nationality of ABS-CBN Chairman Emeritus Gabby Lopez, whose dual citizenship is allowed by law.

A hearing set for June 23 was postponed for next week, as hearings for this week were postponed to June 29 to allow ABS-CBN and other agencies more time to file documents, and for lawmakers to study them.

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LATEST UPDATE: October 6, 2020 - 2:27pm

ABS-CBN Corp. stopped broadcasting on its TV and radio stations on May 5, 2020 after the National Telecommunications Commission issued a cease and desist order. The network's franchise had lapsed on May 4 without action by the House of Representatives.

October 6, 2020 - 2:27pm

Broadcast giant ABS-CBN Corp. is returning to free TV starting Saturday after striking a deal with Zoe Broadcasting Network Inc. 

The network announces that "some entertainment shows and movies" it produces will be aired in the "rebranded" A2Z channel 11, formerly Zoe TV, the free TV channel of Jesus Is Lord Church led and founded by Eddie Villanueva.

"A2Z channel 11 will be seen on analog TV in Metro Manila and nearby provinces," the network says.

September 24, 2020 - 11:13am

Eugenio "Gabby" Lopez III tenders his resignation as chairman emeritus and director of ABS-CBN Corporation due to personal reasons.

Lopez also steps down as director of ABS-CBN Holdings Corporation, Sky Vision Corporation, Sky Cable Corporation, First Philippine Holdings Corporation, First Gen Corporation and Rockwell Land Corporation.

"He expressed his appreciation for the trust of the stockholders as well as to his co-directors and senior management for the privilege of having served with them over the years," ABS CBN Head of Corporate Communications Kane Errol Choa says in a statement.

September 12, 2020 - 11:56am

A group of teachers denounces anew the shutting down of ABS-CBN network, with its education platform—Knowledge Channel—just like what ousted dictator Ferdinand Marcos Sr. did 48 years ago.

"In the spirit of upholding press freedom and the people's right to information, and the media's burgeoning role in education amid the pandemic, ACT supports the Knowledge Channel Foundation Inc. in its bid to extend its services and resources to the Department of Education as the public education system shifts to remote learning in response to the pandemic," says the Alliance of Concerned Teachers Philippines in a statement.

September 10, 2020 - 4:35pm

The National Telecommunications Commission recalls the frequencies assigned to broadcast giant ABS-CBN following the non-renewal of its legislative franchise.

In its decision released Thursday, the NTC points out that ABS-CBN does not have a valid franchise to continue operating television and radio broadcasting stations nationwide.

"Indubitably, the denial of Respondent's franchise renewal application in Congress, coupled with the denial of Respondent's Petition by the Supreme Court, lead to no other conclusion except that Respondent had already lost the privilege of installing, operating, and maintaining radio broadcasting stations in the country," the NTC says.

August 30, 2020 - 2:27pm

Broadcast journalist Ted Failon is leaving ABS-CBN after 30 years, the network says Sunday, adding his final appearances on "TV Patrol" and "Failon Ngayon sa TeleRadyo" will be on August 31.

"The closure of ABS-CBN's radio broadcast operations led to his painful decision and we respect it. We admire Ted's talent, passion, and commitment to radio as his most effective medium in serving the Filipino people," the network also says.

Last Friday, 12 regional "TV Patrol" programs went off the air also due to a House panel's decision in July to junk ABS-CBN's application for a new franchise.

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