MANILA, Philippines – "Dura lex sed lex" – the law is harsh but it is the law – is now the legal mantra repeated by supporters of the Duterte administration who favor the shutdown of ABS-CBN, implying that the network deserved to be closed for legal infractions.
But what is the law, or the laws, that apply in this situation?
We take a trip down memory lane when National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) Commissioner Gamaliel Cordoba promised the House of Representatives that he would follow the justice secretary's rule of equity in keeping ABS-CBN open in the interim.
Cordoba broke his promise under pressure from Solicitor General Jose Calida.
All the issues lead to this question: Is this problem a legal or a political problem?
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