Rappler's latest stories on ABS-CBN shutdown
'The denial of ABS-CBN’s franchise application resonates with all of us: our job security, our freedom of information, expression, and the press and, our fundamental right to know and be happy'
It will seem our laws and regulations can be easily weaponized against certain business interests, at the President’s whim
Huling ipinasara ang ABS-CBN nang idineklara ang Martial Law sa bansa noong 1972, pero ngayon, testamento ito sa pag-iral ng 'virtual martial law'
(4th UPDATE) 'A thousand little cuts do not make us weak, these make us stronger,' says the Malacañang Press Corps, as Philippine journalists call out the 'house of minions'
ABS-CBN shutdown, Maria Ressa threat borne of Duterte’s ‘contempt’ for press – int'l human rights lawyer
President Rodrigo Duterte's threats against Maria Ressa and ABS-CBN are intended to have a chilling effect on independent voices among civil society, says lawyer Caoilfhionn Gallagher
Rappler’s statement on ABS-CBN: ‘Learning from the lessons of history, journalists and other freedom-loving citizens must speak up because to be silent is to be complicit’
'I cannot, in good conscience, continue my work as Commissioner knowing full well that the sector I represent is being attacked and treated unfairly,' says Noreen Capili
'What has ABS-CBN done in the service of the Filipino? This is the accusing, if not sarcastic, question many administration allies ask...'
Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III counters a report by Fitch Solutions, which says the ABS-CBN shutdown showed state regulators' 'apparent ability to be influenced,' and in turn, spooked investors
'Already, many people in the provinces and our islands have lost access to their only sources of news. This has life and death implications for many...'
'There’s something rather aberrant about Marcoleta: he just won’t stop flogging a dead horse, whether it be the Lopez citizenship or any other carcass, which is the precise lifeless state common to all the issues raised against ABS-CBN'
'In good times, ABS-CBN has been with us. In bad times, we want to be there for them,' says Professional Artist Managers Incorporated president June Rufino
(UPDATED) The case against ABS-CBN Convergence remains. ABS-CBN's shutdown is also still in effect.
Martial Law implementer Juan Ponce Enrile tells lawmakers that though the Marcos regime took over ABS-CBN, the title of the facilities 'remained with the owners'
Cavite 4th District Representative Elpidio Barzaga Jr says Martial Law victims are still waiting for their compensation decades after Marcos was ousted
(3rd UPDATE) ABS-CBN tells a House panel that when it sold Philippine Depositary Receipts to foreign companies, the latter were only entitled to dividends, not shares of stock
The NTC cites Executive Order 205 signed by ex-president Cory Aquino in 1987, which 'removed' the franchise requirement for cable TV operators
Netizens are having none of 1-SAGIP Representative Rodante Marcoleta's antics, calling him a 'joke' for his treatment of the ABS-CBN chairman emeritus
Justice Undersecretary Emmeline Aglipay Villar also tells a joint House panel that ABS-CBN chairman emeritus Gabby Lopez did not lose his Filipino citizenship when he used his American passport to travel
But ABS-CBN's chairman emeritus also admits that he had voted in the 2016 presidential elections in the United States
Looks like Cardo Dalisay has earned himself another enemy in the person of the Solicitor General
Solicitor General Jose Calida says this weeks after telling the public to blame lawmakers for the closure of ABS-CBN
Sol Aragones and Joy Myra Tambunting also join former ABS-CBN personalities who are now in Congress in pushing for the renewal of the media giant's franchise
In several questions throughout the Judicial and Bar Council interview, the applicants agree that ABS-CBN's fate is mostly up to Congress
(UPDATED) Nothing in ABS-CBN’s 1995 franchise says that it allows the broadcast of only one channel
House Deputy Speaker Rodante Marcoleta ends his speech, too, with a video of Kapamilya star Vice Ganda jokingly challenging Pastor Apollo Quiboloy way back in 2019
Her supposed plan to block Facebook is a rehashed claim that has been debunked as early as 2018
From July 2019 to May 2020, Rappler has debunked at least 13 false posts about the issue
The House committee on legislative franchises will resume its hearings on the ABS-CBN franchise bill on May 26
'Feeding the imagination is just as important as giving people bread'
'I'm afraid if we cannot get back on air soon, by August we may have to consider a retrenchment process,' ABS-CBN president and CEO Carlo Katigbak tells senators
(3rd UPDATE) The Supreme Court gives the National Telecommunications Commission 10 days to comment on the ABS-CBN petition against the NTC order
Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano also says requiring networks to allocate air time for government ads 'will give a great advantage to the government to be able to communicate with our people directly'
(UPDATED) Amid issues of constitutionality, the House leadership says they withdrew the 2nd reading approval to give way to lawmakers seeking more debates and amendments
'ABS-CBN, its employees, various stakeholders, and the general public will continue to suffer grave and irreparable injury as a result of the Cease and Desist Order issued by the NTC'
However, a similar provision is also found in the laws renewing the franchises of two other major broadcast networks: GMA-7 and TV5
UP Tacloban mass communication instructor says removing ABS-CBN creates an information void and worsens the already dire lack of independent news in the region
NTC officials apologize to Congress, saying they 'intended no disrespect' when they ordered the ABS-CBN shutdown despite earlier committing to grant it a provisional authority to operate
'It’s a hostage situation. Hopefully there are right-minded senators or Supreme Court justices who could take down the hostage-takers.'
'October is the date nung palitan namin sa Speaker. So ayoko matapos noon, sabihin, ‘Eh walang hearing. Walang oras eh,’ ’di ba?' says Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano
Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano also claims there are ABS-CBN employees who supposedly used the network to meddle in past elections
The actress urges Filipinos – the youth, especially – to stand up for what's right and to not be afraid like she was
Filipinos join MovePH's online campaign to tag their representatives on social media, in a bid to move forward deliberations on ABS-CBN's franchise renewal
(3rd UPDATE) After sitting on the issue for months, Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano and 7 other House leaders file a bill seeking to give a provisional legislative franchise to the embattled ABS-CBN
To persuade government agencies to act on the matter, the petition appeals to the NTC, Supreme Court, and the House of Representatives
The renewal of ABS-CBN's franchise is still not a House priority after Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano says 'there are still other concerns that need to be resolved' first
ABS-CBN's franchise was delayed because it was not prioritized by Congress
'The grant of broadcast privileges to a mass media company should not solely be in the hands of politicians, who may have their own ties and agenda'
'We believe, too, that resolving the ABS-CBN issue the soonest is equally important given the impact...of its continued shutdown in this time of crisis,' say the 14 House members
Resolution No. 395, which asks the NTC to reconsider its cease and desist order against the network, only 'expresses' the sense of the Senate. It does not have the effect of a law.