New petition filed vs. ABS-CBN

Attorney Larry Gadon asked the Supreme Court (SC) to halt the extension of the permit of ABS-CBN Corporation claiming that the Congress cannot order the National Telecommunciations Commission (NTC) to grant the network provisional authority to operate.

Gadon urged the high court, in his petition, to order House Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano and NTC Commissioner Gamaliel Cordoba from implementing the notice of extension of the media giant.

He asked the tribunal to hasten in issuing a restraining order to stop the House of Representatives and NTC from giving the network temporary permit amid its franchise renewal application.

Gadon stressed that Cayetano, who previously pleaded to Cordoba to give the network provisional authority, does not have the power to order the executive branch due to the separation of powers.

He explained the reason why he filed the petition is for the sole purpose of upholding the supremacy of the Constitution—to remind Congress of the separation of powers in the three branches of governement.

The attorney added that it doesn't matter to him if the Hose would choose to still extend or renew ABS-CBN franchise.