At the ABS-CBN’s franchise renewal hearing yesterday, the Network’s programs broadcasting on channel 43 frequency faced a cease-and-desist (CDO) order from the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC). ABS-CBN president and the chief executive officer, Carlo Katigbak appealed to Congress for a due process.
Explaining the continued broadcast on ABS-CBN TVplus, Katigbak said the company entered into a block time agreement with AMCARA Broadcasting Network Inc., maintaining that such practice is “a standard commercial agreement” and that other broadcasters have gone into similar arrangements. He also pointed out that the CDO issued by the NTC to ABS-CBN did not indicate channel 43.
When he was asked if the Network would comply should the NTC issue a CDO, he appealed that due process is accorded to it the same way that Congress gave to other companies with an expired franchise and pending renewal in congress.
“Yung hinihingi po lang namin is to make sure that we are given due process, so we have the right venue to express our position on this matter.
“And then whatever decision the NTC comes up with, we will respect the regulatory agency.”
Responding to lawmakers who questioned the broadcast of ABS-CBN programs on SKY (that has a lapsed franchise), Katigbak pointed out that the NTC also allowed other companies whose franchises had expired to continue to operate while Congress deliberated on their franchise.
“Between TVplus and SKY, there are about 11 million homes that have access to our service. ‘Pag pinutulan po natin ‘yan that’s almost 55 million people that will lose access to their entertainment, their news and information. So sana po, ang appeal po namin sa Kongreso is in the spirit of fairness please consider that you have allowed other companies to operate before even after their franchises have expired for so long as Congress continues to hear their application for renewal.”
ABS-CBN counsel Atty. Caesar Poblador cited the Republic Act 7966, which contains ABS-CBN’s franchise terms–there was no mention of a franchise that is only good for one channel.
According to him, multiple channels simply follow the migration plan of the NTC. Among the requirements of the migration plan is that there should already be digital technology in place on January 1, 2015.
Poblador also said that a pay-per-view offering does not violate any law or rules and offers viewers options adding that it is a public service to Filipino families as it allows them to watch movies in the comfort of their homes.
He also cited Republic Act 7966 saying the words “commercial purposes” as indicated in the franchise are “broad enough to cover pay-per-view.” In an opinion addressed to the NTC in 2018, the Department of Justice confirmed that pay-per-view is for commercial purposes.
The claims that ABS-CBN is not allowed to sell digital TV set-up boxes are allowed by NTC since it is part of the digital migration plan, debunked by Poblador.
According to Kapisanan ng mga Brodkaster sa Pilipinas (KBP) president Jun Nicdao, block time has been an industry practice for a long time and there is an organization called Independent Block Timers Association of the Philippines.
Nicdao said block time involves only the sale of airtime, but the control of the station still rests with the owner of the franchise of the station. “Blocktimers do not need a franchise to buy airtime from a broadcasting station,” said Nicdao.
Camarines Sur Rep. Gabriel Bordado said that “the sale of ABS-CBN to its subscribers is a valid commercial activity that falls within the language of its franchise.”
Philippine Cable Television Association (PCTA) director Ralph Casino stressed that digital broadcast empowers viewers with more choices. He added that failure to adapt to new technology would result in obsolescence and the demise of any enterprise.
ABS-CBN TVplus was launched in 2015 as a response to the government’s mandate for networks to shift from analog to digital broadcast. With this technology, ABS-CBN can deliver shows in a clear picture and sound. As of end 2019, ABS-CBN TVplus has sold over 9 million boxes across the country and launched INFOplus, a public service feature that offers users real-time alerts on weather, traffic, news, as well as disaster updates. Its Cinemo channels, meanwhile, offers job postings for blue-collar workers.
QUEZON CITY, Philippines–On January 29, Binondo Beauty Supply recently introduced its newest product, MAGIC Protein Treatment, a professional smoothing solution at Luxent Hotel. The celebrity endorser for the said product is no more than Fanny Serrano.
MAGIC comes with a 1000ml clarifying shampoo, 1000ml protein hair treatment, three bottles of 300ml sulfate-free shampoo, and three bottles of moisture protein conditioner. The package is sold at Php7000 for salon owners to avail of.
According to Edz Santos, Binondo Beauty Supply’s marketing manager, the product is the best choice over a Brazilian treatment. Being treated with such a solution is safe and healthy at the same time.
“Hindi siya masakit sa mata, sa ilong at sa lalamunan.”
MAGIC is 0.00% formaldehyde. It is good for both the hairdressers and the client. It contains natural acai and cocoa oils.
Serrano highly recommends this product because it’s unlike the previous existing Keratine treatments, which are dangerous to one’s health.
Shawarma Shack, a Filipino-owned enterprise went out of their way to extend help to communities of the recent Taal Volcano eruption, particularly those in Tanauan City, Batangas.
There were nine areas that Shawarma Shack visited.
Recipients of Shawarma Shack’s charitable efforts were:
Batangas is closer to Shawarma Shack’s heart. The wife of the founder (Walther Buenavista), Patricia Buenavista, spent her early childhood in Tanauan City. She disclosed that she has relatives residing in the area when the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) raised alert level 4 for Taal Volcano on January 12.
Multiple houses and livelihoods devastated by the eruption.
At the relief operation, Tanauan City Vice Mayor, Atty. Herminigildo ‘Jun-jun’ G. Trinidad was with the volunteers and the Buenavistas that day.
Shawarma Shack distributed bottled water and relief goods to 1,000 families in different areas.