The Senate on Monday, May 11, passed a resolution expressing its sense that the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) should reconsider the cease and desist order it issued against media giant ABS-CBN and its affiliates.
Through Senate Resolution No. 395, more than half of the senators questioned NTC's shutdown order against ABS-CBN's franchise on May 5, citing precedence and the quasi-judicial body's "liberality" in issuing franchise extension.
ABS-CBN's franchise expired on May 4. After the shutdown order, the media giant asked the Supreme Court (SC) to grant it immediate relief through a temporary restraining order. The case was raffled off to a justice on Monday.
On the Senate resolution, at least 8 senators abstained from voting, arguing that the ball is now at the lower chamber as well as the SC. They are:
Cayetano, who was originally among the senators who signed the resolution, said that she would like to "refrain from making comments" while the complaint pending at the High Court. She withdrew her signature from the resolution.
The resolution reiterated the Senate's stand that ABS-CBN should be allowed to continue operations while its franchise is pending.