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ABS-CBN employees petition House to grant network new franchise

May 23, 2020 - 4:39 PM

The petition, which got over a million signatures in just day, is launched days before the House hearing on ABS-CBN's franchise renewal bills

Employees and supporters of ABS CBN continue their Friday protest to demand from the government to renew their franchise on February 28, 2020. Holding a rally at the ABS CBN compound at Sgt. Esquearra in Quezon City. Reiterating their call to defend press freedom and vowed to continue the protest actions until the franchise have been renewed. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

CHED asks NTC: Give college students free access to online education resources

May 19, 2020 - 1:41 PM

The Commission on Higher Education also taps the expertise of some universities in the Philippines in the conduct of flexible learning

File photo of CHED Chair Prospero de Vera lll during a 2020 budget hearing at Congress on Thursday, Sept. 12, 2019. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

NTC: Granting ABS-CBN temporary permit an 'encroachment' on Congress’ powers

May 14, 2020 - 4:58 PM

NTC officials apologize to Congress, saying they 'intended no disrespect' when they ordered the ABS-CBN shutdown despite earlier committing to grant it a provisional authority to operate

SHUTDOWN. The facade of ABS-CBN lights up in the network's color after the NTC issued a cease and desist order against it on May 5, 2020. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Cayetano: I don’t want my stint to end without finishing ABS-CBN hearings

May 14, 2020 - 2:52 PM

'October is the date nung palitan namin sa Speaker. So ayoko matapos noon, sabihin, ‘Eh walang hearing. Walang oras eh,’ ’di ba?' says Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano

FRANCHISE ISSUE. Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano delivers his sponsorship speech for the bill granting ABS-CBN a temporary franchise valid until October 2020 on May 13, 2020. Photo courtesy of PPAB

Cayetano lashes out at critics: ABS-CBN franchise issue 'not about silencing media'

May 13, 2020 - 9:27 PM

Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano also claims there are ABS-CBN employees who supposedly used the network to meddle in past elections

TOP HOUSE LEADER. Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano presides over the plenary session on September 9 2019. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

House poised to grant ABS-CBN provisional franchise until October 2020

May 13, 2020 - 6:01 PM

(3rd UPDATE) After sitting on the issue for months, Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano and 7 other House leaders file a bill seeking to give a provisional legislative franchise to the embattled ABS-CBN

ABS-CBN FRANCHISE. Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano delivers his sponsorship speech for House Bill 6732 on May 13, 2020. Screenshot from the House of Representatives' YouTube account

Cayetano: Resumption of ABS-CBN hearings ‘does not mean automatic renewal’

May 12, 2020 - 4:09 PM

The renewal of ABS-CBN's franchise is still not a House priority after Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano says 'there are still other concerns that need to be resolved' first

ABS-CBN STILL NOT A PRIORITY. Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano helds a press conference on February, 24, 2020. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

[ANALYSIS] Why Congress should delegate its franchising power to NTC

May 12, 2020 - 1:00 PM

'The grant of broadcast privileges to a mass media company should not solely be in the hands of politicians, who may have their own ties and agenda'

Bill authors ask Cayetano: ‘Put an end to confusion,' resume ABS-CBN hearings

May 12, 2020 - 11:11 AM

'We believe, too, that resolving the ABS-CBN issue the soonest is equally important given the impact...of its continued shutdown in this time of crisis,' say the 14 House members

SHUTDOWN. A man lights a candle at the ABS-CBN's facade in Quezon City after its closure on May 5, 2020. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Tito Sotto trends after he abstains from voting on ABS-CBN reso

May 11, 2020 - 9:57 PM

Resolution No. 395, which asks the NTC to reconsider its cease and desist order against the network, only 'expresses' the sense of the Senate. It does not have the effect of a law.

Paolo Duterte, 2 lawmakers seek probe into ABS-CBN's alleged franchise violations

May 11, 2020 - 7:23 PM

The administration-allied congressmen take issue with the Kapamilya Box Office channel and the network's Philippine Depository Receipts – two issues that Solicitor General Jose Calida already raised with the Supreme Court

HOUSE LEADERS. Deputy Speaker Paolo Duterte (1st from L, seated), ACT-CIS Representative Eric Yap (1st from L, standing), and Cavite 8th District Representative (3rd from L, standing) during a meeting with other House leaders on July 22. File photo from Cayetano's office

Senate to NTC: Reconsider ABS-CBN shutdown order

May 11, 2020 - 3:52 PM

9 senators abstain from voting, including Senator Pia Cayetano who initially signed the resolution. Cayetano withdraws her signature.

RECONSIDER. The National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) has issued a cease and desist order to the giant network ABS-CBN effective immediately. May 5, 2020. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler


House panel issues show cause order vs NTC over ABS-CBN shutdown

May 11, 2020 - 1:48 PM

(UPDATED) Lawmakers may move to have NTC officials arrested if found guilty of contempt

ABS-CBN SHUTDOWN. A person holds up a phone showing a post on the closure of ABS-CBN after NTC issued a cease and desist order against the network on May 5, 2020. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

'An assault on democracy': ABS-CBN exec, advocates hit NTC over shutdown order

May 08, 2020 - 9:12 PM

ABS-CBN news head Ging Reyes calls for support from fellow media workers and the public to fight for free press during the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines' Black Friday protest

The National Telecommunications Commission(NTC) has issued a cease and desist order to the giant network ABS-CBN effective immediately. May 5, 2020. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

EXPLAINER: FICTAP Issues vs ABS-CBN’s franchise renewal

May 08, 2020 - 4:00 PM

Should ABS-CBN file a franchise for every channel? Did ABS-CBN violate its existing franchise by launching TVplus? Are ABS-CBN’s pay-per-view services illegal?

Lawmaker seeks probe vs Calida, NTC for ‘conspiracy’ to shut down ABS-CBN

May 08, 2020 - 1:45 PM

House committee on public accounts chair Mike Defensor echoes the Speaker's stand that the lower chamber is not to blame for the closure of the media network

HOUSE VS CALIDA, NTC. House committee on public accounts chair Mike Defensor holds a virtual press conference on May 8, 2020. Screenshot from Zoom

Cayetano: 'There will be a reckoning' for Calida, NTC

May 08, 2020 - 10:29 AM

'The NTC appears to have succumbed to pressure from the Solicitor General, and issued a cease and desist order to ABS-CBN,' says Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano, as he washed his hands of the ABS-CBN shutdown

CAYETANO VS CALIDA, NTC. Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano presides over the plenary session on September 9, 2019. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

ABS-CBN to Supreme Court: NTC shutdown violates press freedom

May 07, 2020 - 6:08 PM

'Strong public interest and equity demand that ABS-CBN be allowed to continue its operations,' ABS-CBN's lawyers tell the Supreme Court

CEASE AND DESIST. The National Telecommunications Commission(NTC) has issued a cease and desist order to the giant network ABS-CBN effective immediately. May 5, 2020. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler


13 senators urge NTC to reconsider ABS-CBN shutdown order

May 07, 2020 - 5:04 PM

13 senators file a resolution asking the Senate to express its sense on the National Telecommunications Commission shutdown order against ABS-CBN

'RECONSIDER'. The National Telecommunications Commission(NTC) has issued a cease and desist order to the giant network ABS-CBN effective immediately. May 5, 2020. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

ABS-CBN runs to Supreme Court to stop NTC shutdown

May 07, 2020 - 4:16 PM

(UPDATED) The main petition wants to void the NTC shutdown order entirely

CEASE AND DESIST. The National Telecommunications Commission(NTC) has issued a cease and desist order to the giant network ABS-CBN effective immediately. May 5, 2020. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler


[ANALYSIS] ABS-CBN closure: An attack on citizen rights

May 07, 2020 - 11:28 AM

ABS-CBN will be back, and soon, because it has the support of the people

FAST FACTS: The National Telecommunications Commission

May 06, 2020 - 9:27 PM

Know more about the agency that shut down the country’s biggest broadcasting network

House Minority Leader wants NTC abolished after ABS-CBN shutdown

May 06, 2020 - 6:59 PM

(UPDATED) But the comments of Manila Representative Bienvenido Abante Jr are deleted from the House records because the plenary is barred from discussing issues still pending at the committee level

NTC ABOLITION. House Minority Leader Bienvenido Abante Jr delivers a privilege speech during the plenary session on May 6, 2020. Screenshot from the House of Representatives' Youtube account

How foreign media are covering ABS-CBN's shutdown

May 06, 2020 - 4:51 PM

(UPDATED) Media abroad are highlighting the closure of the Philippines' 'largest TV network' amid the COVID-19 pandemic

[ANALYSIS] Duterte and Congress closed down ABS-CBN

May 06, 2020 - 3:00 PM

Yes, the NTC is wrong in its cease and desist order. But President Duterte is overall responsible; House leaders are complicit.

Following shutdown, artists rally behind ABS-CBN through protest art

May 06, 2020 - 11:42 AM

From voicing out their support to creating images that showed the company colors of ABS-CBN, artists express solidarity with the media giant, its workers, and Filipino supporters

'Pagkukulang niya ito sa bayan': Lawmakers blame Cayetano for ABS-CBN shutdown

May 06, 2020 - 11:12 AM

(UPDATED) Congressmen argue that the National Telecommunications Commission, which ordered ABS-CBN to cease operations, should not be a 'scapegoat' for what Congress failed to do

ON THE HOT SEAT. Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano holds a press conference on February, 24, 2020. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

‘We need a free press': Youth groups stand with ABS-CBN after shutdown order

May 05, 2020 - 11:19 PM

Youth groups slam the government for prioritizing the closure of ABS-CBN over the multitude of economic and health issues hounding the country in light of the coronavirus crisis

SHUTDOWN. The National Telecommunications Commission has issued a cease and desist order against the network giant ABS-CBN on May 5, 2020. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

ABS-CBN shutdown a 'betrayal of 11,000 workers,' labor groups say

May 05, 2020 - 10:46 PM

'To shut down a major media outfit and render the more than 11,000 workers jobless at a time when the country is reeling from a pandemic is the height of callousness!' says labor group Sentro

OFF AIR. The staff of ABS-CBN watch as President and CEO Carlo Katigbak makes a statement on the broadcast network shutdown by the National Telecommunication Commission on May 5, 2020. Photo courtesy of Alcuin Papa

NTC grilled: Why did you promise ABS-CBN a temporary permit?

May 05, 2020 - 9:17 PM

In March, Deputy Commissioner Edgardo Cabarrios committed to Congress that the NTC would issue a 'provisional authority' for the network to stay on air

ABS-CBN. The network's logo on the facade of its broadcast center in Quezon City, as photographed on May 5, 2020. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

House panel warns NTC of contempt for not allowing ABS-CBN to keep operating

May 05, 2020 - 7:33 PM

(UPDATED) But congressmen Joey Salceda and Edcel Lagman argue lawmakers only have themselves to blame for not doing their jobs to renew ABS-CBN's franchise on time

DEFEND PRESS FREEDOM. Employees and supporters of ABS-CBN protest to demand from the government the renewal of their franchise on February 28, 2020. File photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

'Grave abuse of power,' senators condemn NTC flip-flop on ABS-CBN

May 05, 2020 - 7:18 PM

(UPDATED) Senators slammed the National Telecommunications Commission for turning away from its commitment that it will issue a provisional authority to ABS-CBN

SHUTDOWN. ABS-CBN artists and talents, including its radio and TV reporters, came out and participated weekly Friday protests to call for the renewal of ABS-CBN franchise. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

‘An act of betrayal,’ Rappler says on closure order vs ABS-CBN

May 05, 2020 - 6:40 PM

We stand with ABS-CBN and all journalists who continue to shine the light and expose wrongdoing despite state-sponsored efforts to silence them

Employees and supporters of ABS CBN continue their Friday protest to demand from the government to renew their franchise on February 28, 2020. Holding a rally at the ABS CBN compound at Sgt. Esquearra in Quezon City. Reiterating their call to defend press freedom and vowed to continue the protest actions until the franchise have been renewed. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

‘Ngayon talaga?’: Netizens hit NTC's shutdown order vs ABS-CBN

May 05, 2020 - 6:31 PM

Netizens say the move is a clear attack on press freedom

DOJ: Order vs ABS-CBN 'immediately executory'

May 05, 2020 - 5:34 PM

Should it stop broadcasting immediately? That is the pressing question now for the network giant.

ABS-CBN OPERATIONS. Hundreds of fans marched along Mother Ignacia and Sgt Esguerra Streets in Quezon City during the Kapanilya Fandom to support ABS CBN and the renewal of its broadcasting franchise.  Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler


NTC orders ABS-CBN to stop operations

May 05, 2020 - 4:50 PM

(2nd UPDATE) The National Telecommunications Commission says ABS-CBN cannot continue operating since its franchise is already expired

Malacañang leaves fate of ABS-CBN franchise to NTC

May 04, 2020 - 10:53 PM

'Hindi naman po p'wedeng maimpluwensyahan ng ating Presidente ang NTC dahil sa batas, desisyon ng kumisyon 'yan,' says Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque

BROADCAST GIANT. ABS-CBN's franchise is set to expire on May 4, 2020. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Calida warns NTC against granting provisional authority to ABS-CBN

May 03, 2020 - 7:07 PM

ABS-CBN Corporation's legislative franchise is set to expire on Monday, May 4

The ABS-CBN Broadcasting Center in Quezon City. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Facebook agrees to censor anti-state posts after Vietnam slowed site – report

Apr 22, 2020 - 7:23 PM

'The revelation that Facebook is caving to Vietnam’s far-reaching demands for censorship is a devastating turning point for freedom of expression in Vietnam and beyond,' says Amnesty International

FACEBOOK. An illustration picture taken on March 22, 2018 in Paris shows a close-up of the Facebook logo in an eye. Photo by Christophe Simon/AFP


U.S. threatens to block China Telecom from American market

Apr 10, 2020 - 5:47 PM

If a block is approved, it could mean China Telecom's hundreds of millions of phone and internet customers could lose connectivity with or through the United States

iFlix, iWant taking steps to save bandwidth due to coronavirus

Mar 28, 2020 - 5:03 PM

Streaming video service iFlix is capping its streaming temporarily, with no content being streamed in 4K. Meanwhile, iWant is reducing its streaming bitrate by 33%.

Netflix slightly reduces video quality in Philippines to lessen load on networks

Mar 25, 2020 - 6:47 PM

Users will still get the resolution they paid for but may see a slight decrease in video quality

NETFLIX. The Netflix logo is pictured on September 15, 2014 in Paris. Photo by Stephane De Sakutin/AFP


Smart gives postpaid customers bonus data, eLoad discounts to prepaid customers

Mar 21, 2020 - 1:47 PM

Smart has some extra benefits for their customers during the COVID-19 lockdown


NTC will allow ABS-CBN to operate beyond May 4 unless courts intervene

Mar 11, 2020 - 7:16 PM

The National Telecommunications Commission says the provisional authority that will be granted to ABS-CBN will be valid until the end of the 18th Congress

OPERATE. ABS-CBN artists, radio, and TV reporters participate the 10th week of Friday protests calling for its continued operations.  File photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Cayetano: ‘Congress is not here to comfort ABS-CBN’

Mar 10, 2020 - 9:16 PM

Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano seems to be getting fed up the House being told what to do on the renewal of ABS-CBN's soon-to-expire franchise

FRANCHISE ISSUE. Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano (center) holds a press conference with House Majority Leader Martin Romualdez (L) and House committee on legislative franchises chair Franz Alvarez (R) on March 10, 2020. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

NTC 'most likely' to grant ABS-CBN provisional authority to operate

Mar 10, 2020 - 5:21 PM

The National Telecommunications Commission says its commitment to issue the temporary permit to operate is guided by legal guidance from the Department of Justice

FRANCHISE HEARING. The House committee on legislative franchises vote on the ground rules they'll follow for their hearings on the renewal of ABS-CBN's franchise on March 10, 2020. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

PLDT core income surges 13% to P27.1 billion in 2019

Mar 05, 2020 - 4:35 PM

Manny Pangilinan says PLDT's capital expenditure will be hiked to P83 billion in 2020 to further boost services and infrastructure


Senate: ABS-CBN should continue operations pending franchise renewal

Mar 04, 2020 - 4:48 PM

(UPDATED) The Senate approves a resolution expressing its sense on the continued operations of ABS-CBN beyond franchise expiry on May 4

CONTINUE OPERATIONS. Hundreds of fans marched along Mother Ignacia and Sgt Esguerra Streets in Quezon City during the Kapanilya Fandom to support ABS CBN and the renewal of its broadcasting franchise. Carrying photos and streamers of their favorite artists and talents, they cheered and danced in a festive rally on March 1, 2020. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

House to finally start hearing ABS-CBN franchise renewal on March 10

Mar 04, 2020 - 4:20 PM

(UPDATED) Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano says ABS-CBN executives will not be invited yet, as the hearing on March 10 will focus on the National Telecommunications Commission

Employees and supporters of ABS CBN continue their Friday protest to demand from the government to renew their franchise on February 28, 2020. Holding a rally at the ABS CBN compound at Sgt. Esquearra in Quezon City. Reiterating their call to defend press freedom and vowed to continue the protest actions until the franchise have been renewed. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Cayetano: Duterte deferring to Congress means ABS-CBN likely to get NTC permit

Feb 27, 2020 - 7:00 PM

Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano also insists it would 'do more harm than good' to ABS-CBN if the House would squeeze in a hearing on its franchise renewal before Congress takes a break in March

FRANCHISE WOES. Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano talks about the fate of ABS-CBN's franchise renewal in the House on February 27, 2020. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler