A month after 70 lawmakers voted against ABS-CBN’s franchise renewal application, the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) on Thursday issued an order recalling the frequencies that were assigned to the network.
In an eight-page decision penned on Wednesday, a copy of which was released to the media on Thursday, the regulator said “the recall of the radio frequencies assigned to Respondent is warranted” since the network is no longer allowed “to install, operate, and maintain radio broadcasting stations in the Philippines”.
Under the decision, the NTC ordered the recall of frequencies and channels assigned to the Lopez-led firm that included five AM radio stations; 18 FM radio stations; and 42 TV stations; and 10 Digital Terrestrial Television Broadcasting (DTTB) stations.
It said that all provincial authorities and certificates of public convenience granted to ABS-CBN pursuant to Republic Act 7966 are revoked.
It added that the group’s pending applications and petitions before the NTC “are also hereby denied”.