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The National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) ordered ABS-CBN to “cease and desist” from broadcasting on television and radio.
The order came after the company’s 25-year operating franchise expired.
In a cease-and-desist order dated May 5, the agency said the network must stop its broadcast operations “due to the expiration of its congressional franchise.”
They said that ABS-CBN should “stop operating its various TV and radio broadcasting stations nationwide ‘absent a valid Congressional Franchise as required by law’.”
The halt order includes 42 national television stations including flagship Channel 2. As well as, 10 digital broadcasting outlets, 18 FM stations and 5 AM stations, including DZMM radio.
As a result, three hashtags related to this started trending worldwide. In fact, top 1-3 trends are ABS-CBN related.
The hashtag “NoToABSCBNShutDown trends at number 1. ‘ABS-CBN’ trends at number 2, and #DefendPressFreedom trends at number 3.
In addition to this, a lot of netizens are not happy about the congress’ decision to shut down the country’s biggest broadcasting network.
Some of them are even fearing that this is the start of Martial Law.
Here are some of the tweets:
i just find it funny how they did fast actions to close down ABS-CBN because it was "according to law" but when it comes to their own administration the only thing they can give is "compassion" lol #NoToABSCBNShutDown— ᴄʜᴀɴᴇʟ (@chanelsassy) May 5, 2020
You can take us off the air but you can’t silence us. #NoToABSCBNShutDown— Ces Oreña-Drilon (@cesdrilon) May 5, 2020
This is just bullying. The government is a big bully. #NoToABSCBNShutDown— Beeyotch (@beeyotchWP) May 5, 2020
The University of the Philippines College of Mass Communication—from the ranks of students, faculty, alumni, media practitioners—strongly stands for press freedom, for our right to know.— UP Office of the Student Regent (@uposr) May 5, 2020
Laban, Alagad ng Midya! Laban, Bayan!#NoToABSCBNShutdown pic.twitter.com/osLFUQDyYa
" MaRaMi pANg IBaNg CHaNnEl "— Estrella⭐ (@shesjustzane) May 5, 2020
Hindi 'yan ang ipinaglalaban namin dito. I'm sorry if you can't see the bigger picture, but don't come crying when the they announce Martial Law and you experience the wrath of a merciless gov't.#NoToABSCBNShutDown #DefendPressFreedom
The world is under a pandemic and is facing a global economic crisis, the timing of this is not only off but wrong as well.
It is believed that around 11,000 ABS-CBN employees will lose their jobs because of the shut down. What will happen to them now?