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Occidental Mindoro Rep. Sato blasts NTC for its order to shutdown ABS-CBN

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Occidental Mindoro Rep. Josephine Ramirez-Sato has blasted the National Telecommunications Commission for its order to shutdown ABS-CBN network.

Sato said that the order is tainted with “blatant abuse of authority and discretion.”

Last May 5, the regulatory body directed ABS-CBN to stop the operations of its various TV and radio broadcasting stations nationwide “absent a valid Congressional Franchise as required by law.”

“This order of the NTC is a clear and blatant abuse of authority and discretion. We are calling upon the NTC to withdraw their order,” Sato said in interview with the ANC.

“We’d like to appeal to Congress to call for a meeting of the Committee on Legislative Franchises and, once and for all, take up this matter and decide for the renewal and extension of the franchise of ABS-CBN,” she said.

Rep. Sato is a co-author of House Bill 3521, An Act Renewing the Franchise Granted to ABS-CBN Corporation.

ABS-CBN’s 25-year legislative franchise has expired last May 4.