- The Supreme Court has junked Solicitor General Jose Calida’s petition questioning ABS-CBN Corp’s franchise
- Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra explained that the case is considered “moot” because the network has been off air, so there’s nothing more to “cancel or revoke” anymore
- However, this latest decision does not affect the ABS-CBN’s petition for Temporary Restraining Order (TRO), or the NTC’s cease and desist order
The Supreme Court en banc dismissed Solicitor General Jose Calida’s quo warranto petition against ABS-CBN Corporation for being moot.
Last February, Calida filed the quo warranto petition alleging that the media network has violated terms of its franchises after it was granted a 25-year authority to broadcast its content on television and radio.
Spokesperson Brian Keith Hosaka confirmed that the high court en banc junked Calida’s request to revoke the network’s earlier franchise. The petition has become moot because ABS-CBN Corporation’s franchise already expired on May 4. The network shut down on May 5 after the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) issued a cease and desist order against it.
Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra explained that the case is considered “moot” because the network has been off air.
“The franchise being assailed [by the Office of the Solicitor General] has already expired last May 4. So, for that reason, there is nothing more that is the subject matter of that petition,” Guevarra said in an interview on CNN’s The Source.
“So, there is nothing to revoke or to cancel anymore,” he added.
However, the dismissal of the quo warranto petition does not affect ABS-CBN’s petition for Temporary Restraining Order (TRO), or the NTC’s cease and desist order. The network remains to be closed.
Meanwhile, Malacañang issued a statement saying they respect the Supreme Court’s decision.
“We leave it to the Solicitor-General as the Petitioner to decide on his next legal steps. We consider this a prerogative of Congress, which is presently deliberating on the matter,” said Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque.