MANILA, Philippines — ABS-CBN slammed the Office of the Solicitor General for filing a quo warranto petition that seeks the revocation of the former’s legislative franchises.
In a statement, the broadcast network said the government lawyers’ move on the alleged violations of its franchise “appears to be an effort to shut down ABS-CBN to the serious prejudice of millions of Filipinos who rely on the network for news, entertainment and public service.”
ABS-CBN also said the OSG’s allegations are without merit.
The broadcast station insists that it “complies with all pertinent laws governing its franchise and has secured all necessary government and regulatory approvals for its business operations.”
ABS-CBN added, “We reiterate that everything we do is in accordance with the law. We did not violate the law. This case appears to be an attempt to deprive Filipinos of the services of ABS-CBN.”
“The Senate, the House of Representatives, and the Executive Branch have assured the public that our franchise will be allowed to go through the proper renewal process in a fair manner. To that end, the filing of the quo warranto case is ill-timed given that Congress has already resumed its session,” the statement further reads.
In closing, the broadcast network said, “We remain committed to our mission to serve the Filipino people especially at this time when millions of Filipinos rely on our services in delivering information such as the 2019 NCoV ARD, the developments in the Middle East, and updates on Taal Volcano situation as they relate to our countrymen.” — /mbmf
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