Nakikinabang ang pamilya ni TraPOE sa ABS CBN Ang Probinsyano (conflict of interest) kaya masama ang loob niya na nasara ang network. Social tragedy daw sa marami. Baka naman financial disaster for her family (FPJ estate, mother Susan Roces). Freedom of speech issue daw. Bakit ang FB gusto naman niya rendahan ang malayang pamamahayag ng mga pangkaraniwang mamamayan. Biased mainstream media kasi hawak ng mayayamang negosyante kaya ang mga pinapaboran lang nito ang sumisikat habang ang social media ay nabibigyan ng boses ang maliliit at inaapi. ABS CBN closure napasangtabi ang COVID 19 reporting.
ABS-CBN shutdown a social tragedy – Poe
MANILA, Philippines — Stopping the operations of the country’s biggest media network goes beyond shutting down one company, Senator Grace Poe said as she pointed out that the cease and desist order against ABS-CBN was a “tragedy to society.”
“When you threaten one media outlet or when one media outlet is in jeopardy, this also sends out a signal to others that we better be watching our back, we better be careful, and somehow that poses as a threat for others who would like to cover the news fairly,” said Poe, who heads the Senate’s Public Services Committee, on ABS-CBN News Channel on Thursday.
Poe’s statement comes after ABS-CBN went off air Tuesday night following the cease and desist order from the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) after the network’s franchise expired on May 4.
The NTC earlier assured Congress that it would grant ABS-CBN provisional authority to continue to operate while its franchise renewal remains pending.
In an Order dated May 5, 2020, however, the NTC directed ABS-CBN to stop operating its television and radio broadcasting stations nationwide “absent a valid Congressional Franchise required by law.”
But Poe said the law should be used to “as a tool for fairness” and “not just used for the caprices of a few.”
The senator then pointed to efforts by the government’s chief lawyer to have ABS-CBN’s franchise revoked.
On February 11, Solicitor General Jose Calida sought the revocation of ABS-CBN’s franchise over alleged violations through a quo warranto petition filed before the Supreme Court.
Days before the NTC issued the cease and desist order against ABS-CBN, Calida also warned the agency against granting the network provisional authority in the absence of a legislative franchise.