ABS-CBN said in a statement that it will go off-air in radio and television nationwide tonight, May 5 after it was ordered by the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) to cease and desist in its broadcast operations after its 25-year legislative franchise, under Republic Act 7966, expired on May 4.
“Millions of Filipinos will lose their source of news and entertainment when ABS-CBN is ordered to go off-air on TV and radio tonight (5 May 2020) when people need crucial and timely information as the nation deals with the COVID-19 pandemic,” said ABS-CBN Corp. in a statement.
“This is in compliance with the cease and desist order issued by the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) today that prohibits ABS-CBN from continuing its broadcast operations effective immediately,” ABS-CBN explained.
“Despite Senate Resolution No. 40, the House of Representatives’ committee on legislative franchises’ letter, the guidance of the Department of Justice, and the sworn statement of NTC Commissioner Gamaliel Cordoba, the NTC did not grant ABS-CBN a provisional authority to operate while its franchise renewal remains pending in Congress,” it added.
“We trust that the government will decide on our franchise with the best interest of the Filipino people in mind, recognizing ABS-CBN’s role and efforts in providing the latest news and information during these challenging times.
“ABS-CBN remains committed to being in the service of the Filipino and we will find ways to continue providing meaningful service to them,” ABS-CBN said.