NTC orders closure of radio station formerly operated by KAPA Ministry

Published August 1, 2020, 3:06 PM

by Joseph Jubelag

KORONADAL CITY, South Cotabato – The National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) has ordered the closure of a local radio station for failing to secure a permit to operate.

National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) (MANILA BULLETIN)
National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) (MANILA BULLETIN)

NTC Regional Director Froilan Jamias said a cease and desist order (CDO) was served on Top Gun Radio Koronodal for failing to secure a provisional authority to operate from NTC.

Edgargo  Desca, radio station manager, said he was informed by Jamias that the NTC Central Office issued the CDO after it received a complaint against the radio station owned by Zabala Mass Media Broadcasting Services.

He said the NTC official did not specify what the complaint was, and the complainant, which prompted the NTC national office to close down the radio station that has been operating for the past six months.   

Desca said the application for provisional authority to operate was pending with the NTC.

The radio station was previously operated by KAPA Ministry, whose founder Joel Apolinario, was recently arrested for his involvement in a multi-million peso investment scam.

The radio station was reportedly bought by South Cotabato Gov. Reynaldo Tamayo, who denied owning the broadcast facility.

However, he said the radio station was able to secure the required business permit from the local government.

Desca decried the issuance of the closure order by the NTC, saying that there were other radio stations operating in the city which did not have the provisional authority to operate.   

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