Statement of ABS-CBN on OSG’S quo warranto petition:
The Office of the Solicitor General’s filing of a quo warranto case against ABS-CBN on alleged violations of its franchise appears to be an effort to shut down ABS-CBN to the serious prejudice of millions of Filipinos who rely on the network for news, entertainment and public service.
These allegations cited by the Office of the Solicitor General in his press statement are without merit. ABS-CBN complies with all pertinent laws governing its franchise and has secured all necessary government and regulatory approvals for its business operations.
The attempt to block the renewal of the ABS-CBN franchise is part of the Duterte regime’s continuing assault on the constitutionally-protected right to free expression and press freedom.
Below is a December 30, 2019 press statement from the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines:
President Rodrigo Duterte’s latest tirade against ABS-CBN bears all the signs of a shakedown and raises questions over his real intentions for seeking to block the renewal of the broadcast network’s franchise.
Kinidnap ang nawawalang ABS-CBN newscaster na si Ces Drilon at ang kanyang mga kasama, ayon sa opisyal na pahayag ng network: “ABS-CBN News journalists Ces Drilon, Jimmy Encarnacion, and Angelo Valderama have been kidnapped for ransom.”
Ginagawa na raw ng ABS-CBN News ang lahat upang matulungan ang mga pamilya ng mga mamamahayag na nakidnap. Pero, susundin daw ng ABS-CBN News ang policy nito na hindi pagbabayad ng ransom upang di na lalong lumakas ang loob ng mga kidnapper na mangidnap ng iba pang mga mamamahayag.
NUJP Press Statement
January 12, 2005
The National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP) is gravely concerned with developments following the burning of the ABS-CBN OB van.
NUJP condemns any line of reasoning that implies displeasure over media reports — whether for real or imagined slights — is enough excuse for violence. This is unacceptable. While the NUJP joins other media groups in campaigning for ethical reportage, it will consistently fight any attempt to bend media by coercion.