UST supports ABS-CBN on franchise renewal, cites their award-winning programs

Published February 19, 2020, 12:00 AM

by manilabulletin_admin

By Minka Klaudia Tiangco

The University of Santo Tomas (UST) expressed its support for news and entertainment conglomerate ABS-CBN, that is currently facing threats to the extension of their franchise.

In a statement released on Tuesday evening, UST cited ABS-CBN for winning numerous awards for its news, entertainment, and public service programs at the USTv Students’ Choice Awards.

“We offer our prayers for the network to be able to renew its franchise, and we are one with them in their commitment to continue their service to the Filipino people and the global community,” the statement read.

Earlier, Journalism faculty and students of UST released separate statements expressing their support for the broadcast giant, and condemning Solicitor General Jose Calida’s action of asking the Supreme Court (SC) not to renew ABS-CBN’s franchise.

Calida filed a quo warranto petition, which is a legal procedure filed against someone who “usurps, intrudes into, or unlawfully holds or exercises a public office, position, or franchise.”

In a statement, he accused ABS-CBN of allowing foreign investors to take parts in its ownership and broadcasting for a fee.

He also recently asked the SC to issue a gag order to stop ABS-CBN and its representatives from talking about the quo warranto case.