ABS-CBN shutdown a disservice to Filipinos, says UST

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on May 08, 2020 01:52 PM
ABS-CBN shutdown a disservice to Filipinos, says UST
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The University of Sto. Tomas has spoken out against the shutdown of ABS-CBN.

“The Pontifical and Royal University of Sto. Tomas laments the order to stop ABS-CBN from continuing its broadcast operations,” the Philippines’ first and oldest university said about the country’s biggest network.

It then continued, “It is a clear disservice to the Filipino people in this time of pandemic when information, delivered fast and wide, is key to saving lives.”

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.

In this light, UST was adamant that ABS-CBN is much-needed especially in the continuing COVID-19 crisis. “We pray that ABS-CBN will be able to resume its broadcast operations very soon to be able to continue its invaluable service to the Filipino people,” its statement read.

Earlier, the school's media professors have already showed support for the nation's top broadcaster.


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