MANILA, Philippines – Embattled broadcast giant ABS-CBN is back to square one after the House of Representatives withdrew the bill that would have given the network a 5-month provisional franchise.
The Supreme Court also has not issued an immediate relief, after it gave as long as 15 days to the Senate, the House and the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) to answer ABS-CBN's petition to stop the shutdown.
In this issue, the 3 branches of government – the executive, the legislative and the judiciary – are tangled.
Are they being prudent to protect the laws and the Constitution, or is each branch just passing the buck to avoid making the tough decision?
Listen to this podcast with inputs from the congressional testimonies of former chief justice Reynato Puno and former senate president Juan Ponce Enrile.
We also talked to President Rodrigo Duterte's former government corporate counsel, Rudolf Jurado, who said that to require ABS-CBN to give 10% of its total ad airtime free of charge to the government would violate the constitutional guarantee to just compensation.
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