Ateneo urges Congress to restore ABS-CBN's broadcast

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on May 06, 2020 01:40 PM
Ateneo urges Congress to restore ABS-CBN's broadcast
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Ateneo de Manila University showed support to ABS-CBN after the Philippines' biggest network was forced to go off the air last Tuesday.

In a statement, University President Fr. Jett Villarin, SJ said that the development "deprives the Filipino of a vital source of information, entertainment, and public service."

This, after the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) ordered ABS-CBN to cease and desist from broadcasting on television and radio.

Last Monday, the media organization's franchise expired as the House of Representatives was yet to tackle the bill for its renewal.

A day later, the NTC then backtracked on its earlier commitment to grant provisional authority and as such, ABS-CBN went dark right after TV Patrol.

Villarin likened the development to the struggles Filipinos faced in the time under former President Ferdinand Marcos. "We (in) Ateneo) see in the forced shutdown, shades of martial law," the Jesuit said.

In 1972, the government shut down mass media as part of martial law.

As such, Ateneo called on Congress to waste no more time in renewing the franchise of the country's top broadcaster. "We urge our lawmakers to act post-haste to approve the ABS-CBN franchise and restore its broadcast," its statement read.

Amid all this, the Kapamilya network has vowed to remain true to its vision and mission. "Sa gitna ng pagsubok na ito, mananatili kaming tapat sa aming sinumpaang tungkulin bilang mga lingkod ng bawat Pilipino," President and CEO Carlo Katigbak said.


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