It’s official. No TRO in ABS-CBN closure order

The Supreme Court on Tuesday failed to issue a temporary restraining order as sought by broadcasting giant ABS-CBN Corp. that could have stopped the National Telecommunications Commission from enforcing its cease-and-desist order.

Instead, the high court voting unanimously during an en banc hearing, agreed to release the following orders:

1. The Court separately impleaded the Senate and the House of Representative as a party to the case and required them to comment on the Petition within a non-extendible period of 10 calendar days from receipt of notice.

2. The Court required Respondent NTC to file a comment on the petition of ABS CBN Corporation within a non-extendible period of 10 calendar days from receipt of notice.

3. The Respondent NTC was also required to file a reply within a non-extendible period of 5 calendar days from personal notice of the said comments of the Senate and House of Representatives.

4. The Court denied the motion to consolidate the Petition with the case entitled Lorenzo G. Gadon vs. Hon. Alan Peter Cayetano, et al., G.R. No. 251932.

“The aforementioned actions were unanimously approved by the 14 Justices of the Supreme Court,” SC Public Information Office chief Brian Keith Hosaka said in a statement. #

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