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Dito Telecommunity chief administrative officer Adel Tamano says securing permits to build towers would not be as difficult, had it not been for the pandemic
Entertainment industry workers express their dismay after two NTC orders result in the closure of Sky Direct and TV Plus channels
The National Union of Journalists of the Philippines makes its stand clear after ABS-CBN's digital broadcast on TV Plus in Metro Manila and Sky Cable's satellite TV service are ordered to stop their broadcast
In their tweets, Filipino netizens empathized with ABS-CBN employees whose jobs are further threatened by fresh attempts to close their subsidiaries
(4th UPDATE) The National Telecommunications Commission delivers fresh blows against media giant ABS-CBN, further limiting its audience reach
The Office of the Solicitor General argues the NTC's cease and desist order against ABS-CBN also covers TV Plus and the shows it airs over Channel 43
NTC Commissioner Gamaliel Cordoba argues ABS-CBN TV Plus and Channel 43 are supposedly covered by the cease and desist order issued versus the network, but the NTC fails to strictly implement its own issuance
''Pag may technical problems ang NTC, parang nawawalan ako ng pag-asa sa online learning na mangyayari sa bansa natin,' says Senator Sherwin Gatchalian
The NTC cites Executive Order 205 signed by ex-president Cory Aquino in 1987, which 'removed' the franchise requirement for cable TV operators
The petition, which got over a million signatures in just day, is launched days before the House hearing on ABS-CBN's franchise renewal bills
The Commission on Higher Education also taps the expertise of some universities in the Philippines in the conduct of flexible learning
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
'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
(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
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
'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.
The administration-allied congressmen take issue with the Kapamilya Box Office channel and the network's Philippine Depository Receipts – two issues that Solicitor General Jose Calida already raised with the Supreme Court
9 senators abstain from voting, including Senator Pia Cayetano who initially signed the resolution. Cayetano withdraws her signature.
(UPDATED) Lawmakers may move to have NTC officials arrested if found guilty of contempt
ABS-CBN news head Ging Reyes calls for support from fellow media workers and the public to fight for free press during the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines' Black Friday protest
Should ABS-CBN file a franchise for every channel? Did ABS-CBN violate its existing franchise by launching TVplus? Are ABS-CBN’s pay-per-view services illegal?
House committee on public accounts chair Mike Defensor echoes the Speaker's stand that the lower chamber is not to blame for the closure of the media network
'The NTC appears to have succumbed to pressure from the Solicitor General, and issued a cease and desist order to ABS-CBN,' says Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano, as he washed his hands of the ABS-CBN shutdown
'Strong public interest and equity demand that ABS-CBN be allowed to continue its operations,' ABS-CBN's lawyers tell the Supreme Court
13 senators file a resolution asking the Senate to express its sense on the National Telecommunications Commission shutdown order against ABS-CBN
(UPDATED) The main petition wants to void the NTC shutdown order entirely
ABS-CBN will be back, and soon, because it has the support of the people
Know more about the agency that shut down the country’s biggest broadcasting network
(UPDATED) But the comments of Manila Representative Bienvenido Abante Jr are deleted from the House records because the plenary is barred from discussing issues still pending at the committee level
(UPDATED) Media abroad are highlighting the closure of the Philippines' 'largest TV network' amid the COVID-19 pandemic
Yes, the NTC is wrong in its cease and desist order. But President Duterte is overall responsible; House leaders are complicit.
From voicing out their support to creating images that showed the company colors of ABS-CBN, artists express solidarity with the media giant, its workers, and Filipino supporters
(UPDATED) Congressmen argue that the National Telecommunications Commission, which ordered ABS-CBN to cease operations, should not be a 'scapegoat' for what Congress failed to do
Youth groups slam the government for prioritizing the closure of ABS-CBN over the multitude of economic and health issues hounding the country in light of the coronavirus crisis
'To shut down a major media outfit and render the more than 11,000 workers jobless at a time when the country is reeling from a pandemic is the height of callousness!' says labor group Sentro
In March, Deputy Commissioner Edgardo Cabarrios committed to Congress that the NTC would issue a 'provisional authority' for the network to stay on air
(UPDATED) But congressmen Joey Salceda and Edcel Lagman argue lawmakers only have themselves to blame for not doing their jobs to renew ABS-CBN's franchise on time
(UPDATED) Senators slammed the National Telecommunications Commission for turning away from its commitment that it will issue a provisional authority to ABS-CBN
We stand with ABS-CBN and all journalists who continue to shine the light and expose wrongdoing despite state-sponsored efforts to silence them
Netizens say the move is a clear attack on press freedom
Should it stop broadcasting immediately? That is the pressing question now for the network giant.
(2nd UPDATE) The National Telecommunications Commission says ABS-CBN cannot continue operating since its franchise is already expired
'Hindi naman po p'wedeng maimpluwensyahan ng ating Presidente ang NTC dahil sa batas, desisyon ng kumisyon 'yan,' says Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque
ABS-CBN Corporation's legislative franchise is set to expire on Monday, May 4
'The revelation that Facebook is caving to Vietnam’s far-reaching demands for censorship is a devastating turning point for freedom of expression in Vietnam and beyond,' says Amnesty International
If a block is approved, it could mean China Telecom's hundreds of millions of phone and internet customers could lose connectivity with or through the United States
Streaming video service iFlix is capping its streaming temporarily, with no content being streamed in 4K. Meanwhile, iWant is reducing its streaming bitrate by 33%.