Cayetano on ABS-CBN closure: NTC ‘ambushed us’


MANILA, Philippines – House Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano finally breaks his silence on ABS-CBN closure Friday morning. He pressed that the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) did not live up to its oath to put ABS-CBN on Provisional Authority. Atleast to operate until the Congress deals with the renewal.

Two days after the NTC issued a cease-and-desist order that led to ABS-CBN sudden closure, Cayetano issued a statement that expresses dismay on the said agency.

According to Cayetano, “Despite their [NTC] assurance given under oath. Despite the legal opinion of the Department of Justice. Despite a resolution from the Senate, and several verbal and written assurances given to Congress – the NTC appears to have succumbed to pressure from the Solicitor General, and issued a cease and desist order to ABS-CBN.”

Cayetano also highlighted on his Facebook post that the Congress did not dilly-dally on the issue. Instead, the House just had so much on its plate since February due to the COVID-19 threat.

To add to this, there were also other priorities on their list, “including the swift passage of the 2020 budget, the Malasakit Center Act, and the creation of the Department of Overseas Filipino Workers, the eruption of Taal Volcano in January necessitated adjustments in the Congressional calendar.”

As the ABS-CBN shutdown have already happened, Cayetano said that the Congress will “again rise to the occasion and fix the mess others make.”

The House Speaker threatened Solicitor General Jose Calida for interfering on the said issue.

He said, “As for the sudden flip-flopping of the NTC and the unconstitutional meddling by the Solicitor General in the business of Congress, I promise you – there will be a reckoning.”

Here’s the whole statement:

Netizens don’t buy Cayetano’s explanation

Just a few hours after publishing his statement on Facebook, Cayetano trended on Twitter with ABS-CBN supporters thinking that the blame game is pure BS.

What’s your take on the issue and who, really, neglected their duties on the ABS-CBN franchise renewal?