By Rey Panaligan
The Supreme Court (SC) has set for deliberation on July 13, the petition of ABS-CBN Corporation against the National Telecommunications Commission’s (NTC) cease and desist order (CDO) that halted the television network’s nationwide broadcast last May 5.
Chief Justice Diosdado M. Peralta said the SC had to wait for the comments of all parties named respondents in the petition, including those from the House of Representatives and the Senate.
“The case was set for July 13. I do not know if the resolution will be ready,” he said during Thursday’s (June 11) online press conference with journalists covering the courts.
ABS-CBN’s franchise expired last May 5. Hours after NTC’s CDO was issued on May 5, the television network halted its nationwide broadcast. It then filed a petition with the SC against the CDO.
The SC did immediately resolve the petition, including the plea for a temporary restraining order (TRO), and, instead, required comments on those named respondents.
The NTC, in its comment filed through the Office of the Solicitor General (OSG), sought the dismissal of the petition.
The NTC’s comment prompted ABS-CBN to reiterate its plea for a TRO that would allow it to resume its operation immediately.
ABS-CBN pointed out the loss of revenues on the part of the firm and on the government in terms of taxes, welfare of its 11,000 employees and other workers, and failure to raise more funds to help those affected by the coronavirus disease.
It said it has been losing about P35 million daily in advertising revenues since its operations stopped last May 5.
“If this severe financial hemorrhage is not stopped, ABS-CBN may be constrained to eventually let go of workers, reduce salaries and benefits, and substantially cut down on costs and expenses,” it said.