Manny Villar’s Take Over of ABS-CBN Frequencies Criticized by Some Netizens

Some netizens criticize the take over of ABS-CBN frequencies by Manny Villar’s firm

MANNY VILLAR – The former Senate president and businessman earned the ire of some netizens following its broadcasting company’s take over of the frequencies previously used by ABS-CBN.

Manny Villar and ABS-CBN
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Recently, National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) awarded channels 2 and 16 to Advanced Media Broadcasting System Inc., a broadcasting company owned by Villar.

“The Commission hereby grants Advanced Media System Inc, a provisional authority to install, operate and maintain a Digital TV (TV) broadcasting system in Metro Manila/Mega Manila using Channel 16 (482-488 MHz) with digital ERP of 10 kW for 18 months,” the order noted.

However, some netizens and supporters of Kapamilya Network did not like it.

A Twitter user with the handle name @josiahquising believes that the billionaire is “proof” that not all rags to riches should be role models.

@thetwenty5thbam, on the other hand, claimed that NTC is biased for granting provisional authority to the broadcasting company of Villar but did not give ABS-CBN the same “privilege.”

One of the netizens pointed out that Las Piñas Rep. Camille Villar, the daughter of Manny, was among those who voted against the franchise renewal of the network.

Manny Villar has not made an official statement about what they will plan on the frequency previously used by ABS-CBN.

To recall, it was on May 5, 2020, National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) and Solicitor General Jose Calida issued a cease-and-desist order to ABS-CBN.

On July 10, 2020, members of the House of Representatives, particularly the Committee on Legislative Franchises, voted 70–11 to deny the franchise application of ABS-CBN, citing several issues on the network’s franchise.

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