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Gov’t asks Supreme Court to revoke ABS-CBN franchise

Government lawyers on Monday asked the Supreme Court to forfeit the legislative franchises of ABS-CBN Corporation and its subsidiary, ABS-CBN Convergence, Inc.

Solicitor General Jose Calida led his office in filing a quo warranto petition against the broadcast network.

Calida said he wants to put an end to “highly abusive practices of ABS-CBN” which went unnoticed for years. For one, he said the network allowed foreign investors to “take part in the ownership of a Philippine mass media entity” despite being prohibited by the Constitution.

In the plea, Calida accused ABS-CBN of “unlawfully exercising their legislative franchises under Republic Act No. 7966 and Republic Act No. 8332.”

RA 7966 pertains to the Act granting ABS-CBN Corporation franchise to operate while RA 8332 meanwhile is the Act Granting Multi-Media Telephony, Incorporated, a Franchise to Construct, Establish, Operate and Maintain Radio Paging System in the Philippines.

Multi-Media Technology, Inc. is also known as ABS-CBN Convergence, Inc. and is the network’s communications arm.

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