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ABS-CBN dealt another blow

NTC shuts down Sky Cable, TV Plus channels
 

By Jomar Canlas, TMT, July 1, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — The National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) on Tuesday dealt ABS-CBN Corp. another big blow when it issued cease and desist orders against its subsidiary Sky Cable Corp. and its TVPlus channels.

The regulatory body came out with two separate orders a day after its officials attended a hearing at the House of Representatives. The orders were signed by NTC Commissioner Gamaliel Cordoba.

The NTC said the other platforms should also be closed because these were  covered by the cease and desist order it issued on May 5, 2020.

“Upon the expiration of RA (Republic Act) 7969, Sky Cable Corporation no longer has a valid and subsisting congressional franchise to install, operate or maintain a Direct Broadcast Satellite (DBS) Service,” the order read.

Sky Cable was also directed to explain in 10 days why the radio frequencies assigned to it should not be recalled “for lack of necessary congressional franchise as required by law.”

 

ABS-CBN was also ordered to refund to its subscribers “those amounts representing unconsumed prepaid loads, deposits on subscriber equipment and devices, deposit or advance payment in monthly charges for postpaid subscribers, if any, charges collected from new applicants for DBS service, and other charges collected.”

In the second order, the NTC ordered the shutdown of the network’s digital TV transmission in Metro Manila using Channel 43.

The network said it would comply with the NTC order.

“While channel 43 is not mentioned in NTC’s cease and desist order (CDO) of May 5, 2020, and it is ABS-CBN’s informed understanding that channel 43 is not included in the CDO, digital TV transmission in Metro Manila using channel 43 will cease tonight,” it said in a statement.

“This means that viewers with TVPlus set-top boxes in Metro Manila will be unable to watch Teleradyo, Jeepney TV, Yey!, Asianovela Channel, CineMo and KBO,” it added.

The network said it had a pending petition with the Supreme Court questioning the NTC’s cease and desist order “and hopes that such petition will be resolved soon in its favor so that it can resume broadcasting on both analog and digital platforms in the service of the Filipino.”

Sky Cable said the NTC’s order would deprive SKY Direct’s 1.5 million subscribers nationwide of access to its services begining Tuesday night.

In the second order, the NTC ordered the shutdown of the network’s digital TV transmission in Metro Manila using Channel 43.

The network said it would comply with the NTC order.

“While channel 43 is not mentioned in NTC’s cease and desist order (CDO) of May 5, 2020, and it is ABS-CBN’s informed understanding that channel 43 is not included in the CDO, digital TV transmission in Metro Manila using channel 43 will cease tonight,” it said in a statement.

“This means that viewers with TVPlus set-top boxes in Metro Manila will be unable to watch Teleradyo, Jeepney TV, Yey!, Asianovela Channel, CineMo and KBO,” it added.

The network said it had a pending petition with the Supreme Court questioning the NTC’s cease and desist order “and hopes that such petition will be resolved soon in its favor so that it can resume broadcasting on both analog and digital platforms in the service of the Filipino.”

Sky Cable said the NTC’s order would deprive SKY Direct’s 1.5 million subscribers nationwide of access to its services begining Tuesday night.
 

NBI files illegal detention raps vs condo owners, personnel for detaining

3 nurses

By John Eric Mendoza, July 3, 2020 TMT


MANILA, Philippines — CONDOMINIUM owners and their security personnel were charged for allegedly detaining three nurses whom they suspected of being infected with the Coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19), the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) said on Friday.

The NBI filed serious illegal detention against nine officials and security personnel of the Victoria Towers Condominium (VTC) in Quezon City.

Operatives of the NBI Special Action Unit (NBI-SAU) arrested Mel Tosco, property manager and administrative head of VTC; Napoleon Brinas and Jerich Jucaban head and vice president of Security Management of San Jose Builders Inc (SJBI), respectively; Sadat Macabanding, a security guard; and three male and female guards assigned at the VTC premises.

The arrest stemmed from a complaint by the three unidentified nurses who said they were being unlawfully held for three days despite showing medical clearances certifying they were free from Covid and cleared for work.

Upon the arrival of the NBI-SAU operatives at VTC, they were met by Tosco and Brinas and SJBI legal officer Neneth De Padua, who refused to release the nurses, saying they were waiting for barangay clearance.

Authorities obtained a health clearance from the barangay’s infection control consultants, which they announced on loudspeaker outside the premises but which were ignored.

They proceeded to the 9th floor to rescue the complainants.

Tosco, the lady guards and five other security personnel were arrested while Brinas fled VTC. Jucaban failed to appear after telling authorities that he was coming over.
 

Save big businesses first: FPI

By Miguel Gil  July 3, 2020, 5:57 pm 

MANILA , Philippines –  Big businesses are asking the government to first save their ranks from financial ruin before focusing its limited resources on countless much smaller and supposedly less economically viable enterprises amid the pandemic-spawned economic recession.
 
The Federation of Philippine Industries (FPI) said large corporations have taken the brunt of the lockdown’s effect because their operations are more spread out across tightly guarded local jurisdictions. 
 
“During (an) economic crisis, it is the big ones that are more devastated. However, big ones employ more people,” FPI chairman Jesus Arranza told the Philippine News Agency (PNA).
 
Arranza said big companies generally do not require cash support from the government but what they need today is to be less restricted by new regulations arising from the quarantine. 
 
Relaxing restrictions imposed on mass transportation ranks high on FPI’s wish list, he said, noting that now that selected enterprises are given the go signal to resume limited operations, their employees must likewise have the means to come to work.
 
“We manufacturers need workers (to be) physically present at the factories for anything to get done. Only those performing clerical functions can work from home,” Arranza said.
 
The FPI represents mainly the local manufacturing sector. Its membership includes the largest manufacturers of food, textiles, automotive, construction materials, and defense products in the country.
 
He also urged the Covid-19 Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) to re-think its directive allowing only a 50-percent resumption of operations on many companies because this may not be enough to ensure that they can run viably. 
 
Arranza said firms may have to be examined on a case-to-case basis to find out at what level of operations they need to run to turn a profit. 
 
“Manufacturers don’t need any stimulus package. Just let them run freely, otherwise, they will die a natural death,” he added.
 
Meanwhile, business enterprises located in the town of Cainta, Rizal may be getting tax breaks soon, courtesy of the local government, to provide them a leg up following months-long mandatory closures.
 
Entrepreneurs in this town in the fringes of Metro Manila have reportedly voiced out that their businesses have come to near bankruptcy because for nearly a quarter year, they logged zero income even while continuing to pay for overhead.
 
Cainta Mayor Keith Nieto said the Sangguniang Bayan (town council) is in the process of deliberating on the areas where tax relief can be extended to businessmen. 
 
Nieto assured that the local business community would receive the support they desperately need to bounce back even as the town continues to be vigilant against the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19).
 
Cainta's current predicament is reportedly not unique among emerging business hubs around the metropolis, which are now struggling to recapture the economic momentum they were enjoying before the pandemic hit the country. (PNA)
 
 

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