PH SolGen Questions ABS-CBN Franchise Before Supreme Court

PH Solicitor General on Monday asked the Supreme Court to revoke ABS-CBN’s franchise, questioning its validity through a “quo warranto” petition.

This, as Solicitor General Jose Calida accused ABS-CBN of violating provisions of its franchise. The House of Representatives has yet to hear several bills seeking to renew ABS-CBN’s license to operate. The said petition was filed against ABS-CBN Corp and ABS-CBN Convergence.

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According to Rule 66 of the Rules of Civil Procedure, a quo warranto was a legal procedure that was filed against someone who “usurps, intrudes into, or unlawfully holds or exercises a public office, position or franchise.”

Several rights monitors, including Reporters Without Borders and FORUM-Asia, previously encouraged Philippine lawmakers to renew ABS-CBN’s franchise and “stand for press freedom.”

Solicitor General Jose Calida handed out his statement and refused to be interviewed after filing a quo-warranto case against ABS-CBN.

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