Solon urges NTC, BIR to probe ABS-CBN-Zoe blocktime deal

  • A lawmaker has urged the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) and the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) to probe the blocktime deal between ABS-CBN and the Zoe channel
  • House minority leader ABANG LINGKOD party-list Rep. Joseph Stephen Paduano said there are “legal issues” when it came to the blocktime agreement
  • One issue he cited was the tax-exempt status of the Zoe channel and whether it should retain its status now that it is airing ABS-CBN shows

Newly installed House minority leader ABANG LINGKOD party-list Rep. Joseph Stephen Paduano urged the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) and the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) to look into the “legal issues” of the blocktime deal between ABS-CBN and the Zoe Broadcasting Network.

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During a virtual press briefing for House reporters, Paduano said, “Let the NTC do the study or investigation on that matter. Then NTC will recommend it to Congress, to the Committee on Franchise, and the committee will act on it. We also have the responsibility and the right to investigate it.”

Paduano raised the issue of Zoe channel as having a tax-exempt status because it is a religious broadcasting entity. He said the BIR should check if Zoe will still retain its status now that it’s airing several ABS-CBN shows.

“Once you’re a commercial TV or network, you have to pay your taxes. ‘Yan ang issue ko doon sa ABS-CBN eh. The profits of ABS-CBN goes to Big Dipper (because they are accredited by PEZA). That’s tax evasion. May issue talaga kapag ganyan. You have to pay your taxes,” he said.

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“If somebody will file a case against Zoe with regards to tax, let’s leave that to the court for now. Tignan natin kung ano. But of course the BIR should check on it and the NTC. Kasi di ba dapat kapag commercial ka you have to pay your taxes,” he added.