CJ v CJ: Panganiban disputes Puno’s take on ABS-CBN franchise

Former Chief Justice Artemio Panganiban disagreed with former Chief Justice Reynato Puno’s view that ABS-CBN Corp. has to go off air if it has no new franchise beyond May 4.

Puno cited the 2003 Supreme Court decision on “Associated Communications and Wireless Services United Broadcasting Networks vs. National Telecommunications Commission” as basis for his opinion. Puno said the SC ruled that the NTC does not have the power through a provisional authority to allow ABS-CBN without a franchise.

But Panganiban claimed his former colleague was wrong.

“I say expressly it is not applicable. kasi unang una, walng franchise doon, may permit lang ang usto yung permit irenew,” said Panganiban in an interview with ABS-CBN’s Karen Davila.

“Ang sabi ng Supreme Court ay hindi pewede. Wala kayong franchise, there is nothing to renew. Kailangan kumuha kayo sa Kongreso,” he added.

Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra opined that Congress can authorize through a concurrent resolution the NTC to issue a provisional permit to allow ABS-CBN to operate after the expiration of ifs franchise on May 4 while Congress tackled the 11 bills seeking its renewal.

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