“[F]or the sudden flip-flopping of the NTC and the unconstitutional meddling by the Solicitor General in the business of Congress, I promise you – there will be a reckoning,” House Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano said on May 8 after the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) issued a cease and desist order against broadcast operations of ABS-CBN.
“Last Tuesday we were all ambushed by the NTC,” Cayetano said. “Despite their assurance given under oath. Despite the legal opinion of the Department of Justice. Despite a resolution from the Senate, and several verbal and written assurances given to Congress – the NTC appears to have succumbed to pressure from the Solicitor General, and issued a cease and desist order to ABS-CBN.”
He also said that the Congress will conduct hearings on ABS-CBN’s franchise renewal.
“For those asking what Congress will do – the answer is simple – our job. The Committee on Legislative Franchises will conduct hearings in a manner that is consistent with what we have always said. That is – fair, impartial, thorough, and comprehensive,” Cayetano said.
“We would have wanted to do this in an orderly manner. But what we want and what we have to deal with are two different things. So this Congress has no choice but to once again rise to the occasion and fix the mess others make. To our critics, in and outside of the House, you are free to say what you will. As we are free to respond in our own way,” he added.